If only the leadoff hitter voodoo magic had kicked in before Kyle Schwarber was bounced from the leadoff spot, eh? Or was his abdication the source of the mysterious power?
In any case, thanks to the matchup tonight, Joe Maddon switched up his leadoff hitter again, inserting Willson Contreras into the spot (how many catchers have lead off in the last few years?).
So, naturally, Willson did what Cubs leadoff hitters do these days: rip a dinger.
It was a pulled no-doubter that Contreras thoroughly enjoyed (via @MLBNetwork):
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) June 26, 2017
The homer was Contreras’s 8th of the year, and it was way gone:
— Cubs Exit Velocity (@cubsexitvelo) June 26, 2017
That was also something of a historic homer in the history of the Chicago Cubs organization:
Willson Contreras: first leadoff HR by a catcher in #Cubs National League history (1876-present)
— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) June 26, 2017
Hopefully that set the table for a good game from the Cubs’ bats. Given Eddie Butler’s up-and-down start to his Cubs career, and given the Nationals’ potent bats, the Cubs will probably need a lot more.