UPDATE: No sooner than this post went up did Willson Contreras homer AGAIN, and he hit it even harder than the one below (113.6mph)! Original post follows.
The Cubs got on the board first tonight against the Cardinals (despite being without Kris Bryant, who was a late scratch due to not feeling well), with Willson Contreras getting the party started.
And he did it on a really good pitch from a guy who has given up almost no homers this year.
Here’s Contreras’s opposite field shot off of Mike Leake (full video at MLB.com):
Willson Contreras shows off that opposite field power. pic.twitter.com/6OPyQoFbtL
— Kevin Marchina (@kg_holler) May 13, 2017
That was not a bad pitch right there, on the outer third, though it was intended to be down a little more than that. To Contreras’s credit, he simply stayed on the pitch, and drove it where it was.
And he drove it especially hard:
.@Cubs Willson Contreras HR was hit 109.5 MPH… Hardest home run he's ever hit
— Daren Willman (@darenw) May 13, 2017
It’s been a bit of a slump to start the year for Contreras, as he adjusts to full-time starter duties, and to the league of pitchers adjusting to him. And I bet that shot felt good.