I have to admit: When I first Tweeted about Kyle Schwarber’s peripherals showing signs of obvious, but still-hidden power, I didn’t expect it all to materialize so quickly.
Schwarber's already earning that elite level OBP during this hot streak, but he's got the foundation for a LOT more power. I'm absolutely geeked about this.
— Michael Cerami (@Michael_Cerami) May 23, 2019
But leading off the game today, the Cubs left-fielder and new leadoff man launched his second homer in as many games and remains red-hot at the plate:
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) May 24, 2019
According to Statcast, that ball was absolutely blasted at 112 MPH off the bat and traveled a massive 449 feet. It was one of those where the outfielders don’t even move (my favorite side-effect of the best home runs). Schwarber now has a three-game hitting streak brewing, as well as a 7-game on-base streak.
He’s now slashing .238/.350/.449 (109 wRC+) with 8 homers for the season as a whole, but as Brett examined earlier, he’s been REALLY good for almost a full month now. I just love the way the lineup looks when he’s crushing it at the top.