Kyle Schwarber has provided a lot of power for the Cubs this post-season. One year after spending October in Fall Instructs, Schwarber is launching home runs on the national stage.
In seven playoff games, Kyle Schwarber is 8-for-21 with four home runs and two walks (.381/.435/.952) for a 1.387 OPS. Schwarber has driven in six runs and not only did he provide the moonshot that led to the right field video board being called ‘The Schwarboard,’ he also etched his name in the history books.
Schwarber is one of only two players in MLB Postseason history 22 years or younger to hit four home runs in a single post-season. Before Schwarber, only Miguel Cabrera (2003) had accomplished the feat. Schwarber also joined another rather exclusive club.
Kyle Schwarber is one of five players in the history of the game with four or more postseason home runs before the age of 23. The other four players to hit four home runs in post-season play prior to their age-23 season are Mickey Mantle, Bryce Harper, Miguel Cabrera and Andruw Jones.
Mickey Mantle hit four home runs in 13 games in 1952-53 when the post-season consisted of only the World Series.
Kyle Schwarber has played in 76 games at the Major League level counting the post-season and has 20 home runs. Of his 65 hits, 27 have gone for extra bases (20 home runs, six doubles and one triple).
After starting the season as Double-A Tennessee’s catcher and hitting .320/.438/.579 with 10 doubles, a triple and 13 homers for a 1.017 OPS, Schwarber spent 17 games with the Iowa Cubs following a brief six-day call-up to the majors. Schwarber batted .333/.403/.633 with seven doubles, one triple and three home runs for a 1.036 OPS prior to being recalled in mid-July.
Schwarber’s combined line from 75 minor league games was .323/.430/.591 with 17 doubles, two triples and 16 home runs for a 1.022 OPS.
During 69 regular season games in the majors, Schwarber batted .246/.355/.487 with six doubles, a triple and 16 home runs for a .842 OPS.
In his first full season of pro ball, Kyle Schwarber has played in total of 151 games (regular and postseason combined) and has hit 23 doubles, two triples and 36 home runs.
Here is a look back at the four rather memorable home runs he’s hit so far in the postseason.
Wild Card Game – PNC Park
Kyle Schwarber launched a 2-1 pitch from Gerrit Cole in the top of the third inning into the Allegheny River with Dexter Fowler on first base. Schwarber’s first postseason home run was his first longball since Sept. 12 … and the Cubs took a 3-0 lead.
Game 3 of NLDS – Wrigley Field
Kyle Schwarber gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead in the first inning of Game 3 of the NLDS against the Cardinals. Schwarber’s homer was the first of six longballs on the night for the Cubs. His opposite field dinger landed in the left center field basket.
Game 4 of the NLDS – Wrigley Field
Kyle Schwarber provided the bullpen a little breathing room with the seventh inning moonshot off lefty Kevin Siegrist. Schwarber pulled a 1-1 pitch to right that everyone thought at the time cleared the scoreboard and ended up on Sheffield. The ball landed on top of the video board and was encased the next day.
Game 1 of the NLCS – Citi Field
The longest fly of the four came in the Game 1 loss of the NLCS. Schwarber went yard for the third straight game with the 459-foot blast to right center off Matt Harvey in the eighth inning.
To his credit, Schwarber has been very unassuming and has stated publicly that he does not understand all of the attention he has received. Kyle Schwarber is just seeing the ball, hitting the ball and doing his job.