Schwarber’s Moonshot Helps Lead Chicago Cubs to NLCS


Indiana University alumnus Kyle Schwarber was considered a “reach” as the No. 4 pick in the 2014 MLB Draft and now he’s considered a hero in the minds of many Chicago Cubs fans.

Kyle Schwarber stepped to the plate. It was the bottom of the 7th inning with the Chicago Cubs leading 5-4 in a series deciding game. Schwarber was 1-for-2 so far and looking to get the Cubs started off. He took a ball, then took a strike, and then took a swing that has echoed across the country and continues to reverberate.

438-feet later, the Cubs led 6-4 and Schwarber had become the hero Chicago deserved.

At first glance it appeared Schwarber had hit the ball well outside of the Wrigley Field confines, but on later examination they found the ball sitting atop the scoreboard. And that’s exactly where the team plans to leave it for the remainder of the postseason.

That one play did not make Schwarber the hero of Wrigleyville, but yet his entire body of work so far this postseason. In five postseason games, Schwarber is 7-of-13 with three home runs, five RBIs, and four runs scored.

That would be a solid postseason line for any batter, but Schwarber is only a rookie and played in 69 games this season, yet he’s hitting like a seasoned veteran. Schwarber has come a long way since playing at Indiana University just two years ago.

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  • In three seasons as a Hoosier, Schwarber hit 40 home runs, won numerous awards and was a Johnny Bench Award Finalist in his junior year. Schwarber was selected fourth overall by the Cubs in 2014 – the highest drafted IU player in history. And while he’s been known for his Babe Ruth-like presence at the plate, he’s also an all-around solid hitter. In 69 regular season games, Schwarber had a .246 batting average, drove in 36 runs and walked 36 times.

    The Cubs are now in the NLCS for the first time since 2003 and will take on either the Los Angeles Dodgers or New York Mets. Against the Dodgers, the Cubs went 3-4 this season and against the Mets they were 7-0.

    No matter the opponent, Schwarber appears primed to continue making a major impact this postseason.

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