Fun With Kyle Schwarber's Monster Grand Slam, About Which He is Very Modest

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Fun With Kyle Schwarber’s Monster Grand Slam, About Which He is Very Modest

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Where do I even start?

OK, so you already know that Kyle Schwarber has been absurdly good in the second half, and that he only extended that run of dominance last night with a monster grand slam. He also added a double and a walk in the game, and didn’t strike out.

I guess let’s enjoy the grand slam again in a few visual ways, then talk about some particulars about it, and then laud just how ridiculous he’s been at the plate. Shall we?

The granny, on which Schwarber slapped the bejesus out of the ball:

The homer not only went an impressive 442 feet, it came off the bat at 109.4 mph despite being an elevated 94 mph fastball from a lefty:

If Schwarber is gonna hit THAT pitch a million feet, you are gonna have some trouble with him:

For his part, Schwarber plays the part of aw-shucks-ing it, and he is delightful in his ability to pull it off, even if we know he’s more good than lucky:

Schwarber is humble, despite now entering rarified air with the Cubs:

There’s a pretty decent change Schwarber reaches 40 homers by the time the regular season is up, which, even in the Juiced Ball Era, is impressive as heck.

Especially when the guy keeps powering up despite continuing to drop his strikeout rate:

The guy is clearly continuing to make adjustments, and the results are there.

On the season, Schwarber is now up to a .239/.332/.525 line (115 wRC+), and it’s been all the better in the second half, when Schwarber’s been one of the best hitters in the league. His 146 second half wRC+ is tied with Freddie Freeman for the 12th highest in the NL. It’s second best on the Cubs behind Anthony Rizzo (153).

(Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)


Author: Brett Taylor

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