Enjoy a couple homers of note from yesterday’s game against the Phillies, which saw the Cubs bring home the sweep. Each blast had a distinct Wrigley Field flavor.
First, in the bottom of the second inning, Miguel Montero turned on 94 mph Vincent Velasquez fastball, ripping it deep to right, and off the video board. You can watch the blast here, which was just Montero’s second of the year.
After the game, Montero’s line stood at .227/.359/.373, which is a 92 wRC+. Seems like it should be higher, given that the OBP is 29 points better than league average. But power seems to be up in baseball this year, and among non-pitchers in the National League, slugging is at a lofty .418. Even among catchers in the NL, it’s at .384.
Montero’s blast went 415 feet, and hurried out at 106.1 mph off the bat, according to the Home Run Tracker.
That wasn’t the only homer in the game, though, as Ben Zobrist followed with a three-run shot of his own the next inning:
A changeup that didn’t do much changing, Zobrist stayed on the pitch and ripped a 101.9 mph line drive to right center. It wouldn’t have left too many parks, but would’ve been a nice two-run double instead. At Wrigley Field, though, with the baskets in place, the Cubs and Zobrist netted a homer.
More on Zobrist’s increasingly hot season in the Bullets later this morning.