Kris Bryant hit longest Cubs home run of season … Leads National League in Home Runs
Kris Bryant had another big night at the plate Saturday in the Cubs 9-2 win over the Rockies. Bryant went 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI. Bryant put the Cubs on the board with a fourth inning single that plated Dexter Fowler. Bryant stepped in with two on in the fifth and unloaded on Rockies’ right-hander Jeff Hoffman.
Bryant cranked a three-run homer to straight away center field at Coors Field. The ball traveled 469 feet with an exit velocity of 108 mph. Bryant’s 469-foot blast is the longest home run of the season hit by the Cubs.
Kris Bryant passed Jorge Soler and Anthony Rizzo on the Cubs’ leaderboard for longest homer of the year. Soler launched a 461-foot blast in May that dented the left field video board at Wrigley. Anthony Rizzo hit a 451 shot in July off Bartolo Colon at Wrigley. And Soler smacked a 450-foot shot at Wrigley off the Brewers’ Jimmy Nelson last Wednesday night.
Bryant moved past the Rockies’ Nolan Arenado on Saturday night and took over the top spot in the National League in home runs. Bryant has hit 31 dingers on the season, third most in all of baseball, and his recent surge at the plate has raised his average to .300.
Bryant is 10-for-16 in his last three games with a double, three home runs, six runs scored and 10 RBI. And over his last 17 games, Bryant is hitting .380/.450/.676 with four doubles, a triples and five home runs for a 1.126 OPS.
Kris Bryant is hitting .300/.393/.568 with 29 doubles, a triple and 31 home runs for a .961 OPS. Bryant has 83 RBI and has scored 98 runs in 119 games. Bryant leads the NL in runs scored and is tied with the Red Sox’s Mookie Betts for the most runs scored in baseball.
Bryant is second in the NL in slugging (.568), second in OPS (.961) and seventh in on-base percentage (.393), behind Joey Votto (.433), Paul Goldschmidt (.423), D.J. LeMahieu (.413), Matt Carpenter (.404), Dexter Fowler (.395) and Anthony Rizzo (.395). Ben Zobrist is tenth in the NL in on-base percentage (.386).
Kris Bryant is a leading candidate for the NL MVP award, along with his teammate and ‘business partner,’ Anthony Rizzo. Bryant has a chance of being the College Player of the Year (2013), Minor League Player of the Year (2014), NL Rookie of the Year (2015) and National League Most Valuable Player in consecutive seasons.