We Needed This: The Bash Brothers, Willson and Javy, Go Deep!

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We Needed This: The Bash Brothers, Willson and Javy, Go Deep!

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Willson Contreras is on another level right now.

Sure, the extra HBPs are helping his on-base percentage, but the guy is hitting for plenty of average and an absurd amount of power: .297/.438/.703. That slash line, updated after he launched not one, but two homers before the end of the third inning today, is good for a 199 wRC+ (12th best in MLB).

Here’s a look at his second homer of the day (and fifth of the year):

Statcast had that 111 MPH off the bat and 416 feet.

But the inning didn’t end at Contreras’ homer. After a couple Cubs got on base, Javy Baez absolutely unloaded on a middle-up mistake by Huascar Ynoa:

Yeah, Javy got all of that one, and it got out in a hurry.

Baez may not be hitting as well as Contreras is at the moment. HOWEVER, his fourth home run of the season does bring his overall production up to just about the league average. Obviously, you hope for a little more than that given his abilities, but if Baez is around league average with the bat, he’s still a hugely valuable player because of everything else.

This inning put the Cubs up 6-0, and my god did we need it.



Author: Michael Cerami

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