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Albert Almora Hits, Dives, Catches, Bumps, and Expects …

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With Ben Zobrist on the disabled list, Ian Happ working through some issues at the plate, a few scheduled starts against lefties, and an unexpected number of starts against reverse-split righties, we’ve seen a whole lot of Albert Almora lately … and it’s been fantastic.

For the season, Almora is slashing .327/.377/.510 (146 wRC+), with a 7.5% walk rate and 17.0% strikeout rate. Most of the damage is still coming against southpaws (238 wRC+, 14.3 BB%, 4.8 K%) not righties (85 wRC+, 3.1 BB%, 25.0 K%), but those numbers already show an improvement over last season.

But everyone knows Almora’s offense is just one part of the total package. Indeed, Almora shines brightest on defense, and he put on a show over the weekend, including this catch on Saturday night:

I’m not saying this will be remembered the same way, but that catch sure did look familiar …

But that probably wasn’t even the best of his weekend.

Just one day later, during the Cubs/Rockies’ finale, Almora made three spectacular catches in center field, each one more impressive (and painful?) than the last:

I mean, are you kidding me? Not only is he an unbelievably talented defensive center fielder, he’s a freakin’ tank. That stuff looks like it hurts, but Almora is as tough as nails.

And that’s a good thing, because now he’s playing for two:

So congrats to the happy couple, props to Almora on his defense, and fingers crossed on that offense. Everything is coming up Albert right now, and it’s pretty fun to watch.

Author: Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami covers the Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Bulls at Bleacher Nation. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami