Kyle Schwarber Keeps Finding Barrels, and That's a Very Good Sign

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Kyle Schwarber Keeps Finding Barrels, and That’s a Very Good Sign

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When Brewers lefty Brent Suter toes the rubber against the Cubs later today, he’ll face a starting lineup without Kyle Schwarber – Schwarber still has some issues to work out against southpaws (though he is walking nearly 18% of the time against them this season), and the Cubs will always look to optimize match-ups and give rest, where possible.

Not a bad bat to have available off the bench, though, eh?

Indeed, for the year, Schwarber is hitting a brilliant .286/.398/.629 (177 wRC+) with seven home runs (T-9th most in baseball), the latest of which gave the Cubs the only run they would need to beat the Brewers at Wrigley Field on Thursday night:

According to Statcast, that ball left the bat at 109 MPH and traveled 397 feet to right. As you can see with your eyes, that ball also got out in a hurry, which is thanks, in part, to just a 19-degree launch angle. And if you hear Schwarber explain it, that’s all part of the plan: “I stopped trying to lift as much and be more direct to the ball, and find the barrel more often,” said Schwarber, via the Chicago Tribune. “If it’s inside, outside — it’s all trying to be more direct to the ball. I think that was a positive side there.”

Author: Michael Cerami

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