Kyle Schwarber and Javier Baez Go *Deep* to Center (VIDEO)

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Kyle Schwarber and Javier Baez Go *Deep* to Center (VIDEO)

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javier baez featureKris Bryant is in a terrible slump. Over his last three games, Bryant has just three hits in eleven at bats (one double), one sac fly, three walks, and three strikeouts. That amounts to a nightmarish .273/.400/.364 line over those three games. Truly, these are troubled times.

Thankfully Javier Baez and Kyle Schwarber sensed our despondence, and hooked us up with some bombs!

You can watch Schwarber’s homer from last night here, courtesy of BN’er Adam, who will undoubtedly be bummed when Schwarber moves out. That was quite a bomb, going out to straight-away center field. Hulk smash.

The homer came as part of a 1-2 night with a walk and a sac fly, and made his line through three games .636/.636/1.182. He has one walk, one strikeout, and two homers. Kinda seems like he’s feasting on right-handed pitching, though, with his OPS 1.138 points higher against righties than lefties.

(In case it’s unclear, that, like the Bryant intro, is a joke – because Schwarber’s OPS against lefties is 1.100. In four at bats.)

Javier Baez had a great game as well yesterday, going 2-4 with a single, a homer, and no strikeouts.

The bomb:

I’m pretty sure the pitcher ducked to avoid being hit … by the ball that wound up 425+ feet out to center field.

As Luke pointed out this morning, Baez’s game came on the heels of a long hitless drought, which featured a strikeout rate approaching 50%. Hopefully he continues to make adjustments, and this year’s struggles will be an accumulated tough lesson that makes him a better player going forward.


Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.