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Baseball Daily Dose

Kyle Schwarber Continues His Historic Run

by Ryan Boyer
Updated On: June 29, 2021, 10:31 am ET

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At some point, maybe they’ll stop pitching to him.

Kyle Schwarber was at it again on Monday, launching two solo home runs and adding a single in the Nationals’ 8-4 victory over the Mets. The Nats clubbed five long balls on the night, with Trea Turner, Gerardo Parra and Ryan Zimmerman joining Schwarber.

Jerad Eickhoff was the victim for both of Schwarber’s dingers Monday. The first led off the bottom of the first inning and went 439 feet and was measured at 110.2 mph off the bat. After grounding out in his second plate appearance, Schwarber then led off the bottom of the fifth with his second bomb. It wasn’t a cheapie, either, travelling 409 feet and measured at 105.8 mph off the bat. Schwarber’s single was also scorched at 104.5 mph.

The two-homer game gives Schwarber 15 long balls over his last 17 days, which is a major league record. He’s hit 11 over the boards in his last nine games, which is tied for the most in a nine-game span since 1901.

Schwarber now has his OPS on the season up to .906, his home run total to 24 and his RBI total to 52. His OPS prior to the aforementioned 17-day streak was .716. In the National League, only Fernando Tatis Jr. has hit more home runs, and only Tatis Jr. and Adam Duvall have more RBI.

It’s a historic run that the Nationals’ left fielder has been on, without a doubt. And remember, Schwarber was non-tendered by the Cubs over the winter following a down showing during the truncated 2020 campaign. He wound up taking a one-year, $10 deal from the Nats. The investment from general manager Mike Rizzo is looking quite wise.

As for the Nationals, they now sit just three games behind the Mets in the National League East. Any thought of them selling at next month’s trade deadline is, at the very least, on hold.

Starting Pitchers with an EDGE

Freddy Peralta vs. CHC – 6 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 4 BB, 8 K

Peralta walked the leadoff hitter in the top of the first inning and then served up a two-run home run to Ian Happ. He also loaded the bases in the second on a single and a couple walks. After that he was locked in, facing just one over the minimum from the third through the sixth. Unfortunately, Peralta didn’t get a win, as the Brewers needed until the eighth before they finally broke through offensively with a 10-run frame.

Trevor Bauer vs. SF – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 H, 1 BB, 8 K

Bauer served up a couple more home runs, making it 19 in 17 starts this season and five in his last two outings. They were both solo shots, though, and that’s all the Giants were able to must off the right-hander, as they went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position against the righty.

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Hitters with an EDGE

Nick Castellanos vs. PHI – 3-for-5, HR, 2B, 7 RBI, 2 R

The Phillies carried a 4-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning on Monday night in Cincinnati, but then their bullpen went to work. Castellanos’ grand slam in the seventh put the Reds ahead, and Cincy piled on with six more in the eighth, which included an RBI double from the Reds’ right fielder. The seven RBI on the night represented a new career high. The three hits give Castellanos an even 100 this season, which is tops in baseball.

Jose Ramirez vs. DET – 3-for-5, HR, 2B, 5 RBI, 2 R

The 28-year-old had entered the game in a 2-for-25 rut at the plate but snapped out of it in a big way. The Indians put up 19 hits and 13 runs against Matt Manning and the Tigers’ bullpen on Monday, with Ramirez leading the charge. The home run was Ramirez’s 17th of the season, and he has now driven in 49 runs.

Hunter Renfroe vs. KC – 2-for-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI

Renfroe clubbed two of the Red Sox’ four home runs as they edged the Royals 6-5 on Monday. They were both bombs, as his two-run shot went 439 feet and his solo blast went 434 feet. Renfroe has quietly put up a nice season, posting an .803 OPS with 11 homers and 40 RBI to go along with plus defense in right field.

Priority Pickup

Kyle Muller, SP, Braves – rostered in eight percent of Yahoo fantasy leagues

Muller wasn’t too sharp in his major league debut in relief earlier this month, allowing two runs on four hits in an inning of work. He’s been great in two starts since then, though, yielding just one hit in each outing along with one run while boasting a 12/4 K/BB ratio over nine innings. The 23-year-old left-hander reached 96.8 mph with his fastball and induced 16 swinging strikes on Sunday against the Reds. Muller gets to take on the feeble Marlins lineup next.

Closing Time

Adam Plutko recorded the final two outs of the game to notch his first save of the season on Monday in the Orioles’ 9-7 win over the Astros. Presumed closer Paul Fry pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the eighth inning before the O’s scored five in the top of the ninth to take the lead. He was sent back out for the ninth and was not as sharp, getting charged with three runs. Fry is probably still the favorite for saves, but the Baltimore bullpen is a mess.

Tuesday’s Matchup of the Day

Kevin Gausman (SF) vs. Walker Buehler (LAD)

The Dodgers hung on to win Monday’s series opener to close the gap in the NL West and will now hand the ball to Buehler, who flirted with a no-hitter a couple starts ago. The Giants will counter with Gausman, who has allowed zero or one earned run in 12 of 15 starts on his way to a microscopic 1.49 ERA. Buehler has allowed two earned runs over 13 innings in two starts against the Giants this season, while Gausman held the Dodgers to just two hits over six scoreless frames in his lone start versus the Dodgers this year.


American League Quick Hits: Mike Trout (calf) now is not eligible to return until after the All-Star break after being transferred to the 60-day IL … Ryan Mountcastle homered, drove in three runs and reached base four times Monday against the Astros … Gio Urshela went 2-for-3 with a solo home run against the Angels on Monday … Miguel Cabrera homered and double Monday against the Indians … Whit Merrifield went 3-for-5 with a long ball in Boston on Monday … Franmil Reyes (oblique) is on track to be activated from the injured list Saturday … Josh Naylor was diagnosed with a closed fracture and dislocation of his right ankle following his collision in the outfield Sunday … Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported Monday that the White Sox were “making progress” on a trade for Eduardo Escobar.

National League Quick Hits: The Dodgers plan to “slow play” Corey Seager, per manager Dave Roberts, because his fractured right hand “just isn’t responding” as hoped … Keston Hiura cranked his third home run in four games Monday against the Cubs … Ketel Marte (hamstring) was placed on the IL Monday … Jean Segura (groin) is expected back from the IL on Tuesday … Sonny Gray (groin, back) is slated to rejoin the Reds' rotation on Friday versus the Cubs … Mookie Betts went deep and reached three times Monday versus the Giants … Avisail Garcia homered and plated three runs Monday as the Brewers topped the Cubs …  Anthony Rizzo sat out Monday’s game with a sore back and remained in discomfort following treatment … Colin Moran departed Monday game in Colorado after being hit on the left wrist by a pitch.