CHICAGO -- There will be no more questions regarding whether Kyle Schwarber should lead off for the Cubs if he keeps hitting 400-plus-foot homers.Schwarber launched a 462-foot home run with one out in the second inning Tuesday night off the Reds' Bronson Arroyo for his sixth homer of the season,
CHICAGO -- There will be no more questions regarding whether Kyle Schwarber should lead off for the Cubs if he keeps hitting 400-plus-foot homers.
Schwarber launched a 462-foot home run with one out in the second inning Tuesday night off the Reds' Bronson Arroyo for his sixth homer of the season, ending an 0-for-15 slide and giving the Cubs a two-run lead. It was one of four homers by the Cubs in a 9-5 victory over the Reds.
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The blast is Schwarber's longest in the Statcast™ era and also the longest by a Cubs player this season. Previously, Schwarber's two longest homers came during the 2015 postseason.
He tagged Matt Harvey with a 459-foot blast in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series against the Mets at Citi Field, topping a 450-footer off Pittsburgh's Gerrit Cole in the NL Wild Card Game.
His previous longest shot during the regular season was a 448-foot blast, one of two home runs off Philadelphia's Alec Asher.
"It doesn't feel any different at all," Schwarber said when told the distance of Tuesday's blast. "A home run's a home run. It can hit the basket, or hit where it hit, or go out of the stadium. A homer's a homer, and it's always a good feeling."
Schwarber has said he's felt good at the plate despite not having anything to show for it recently and said he hasn't changed his approach in his role as the leadoff man.
"I don't think I'm pressing at all," Schwarber said. "As a competitor, you want to do well and help your teammates. It stinks, obviously, but I feel I've been putting in some pretty dang good at-bats, and I have to stay with that role -- hit the ball hard and hopefully they don't catch it."
Reds right fielder Scott Schebler stood and watched as Schwarber's blast sailed to the back of the right-field bleachers.
"It's all a process," Schwarber said. "At times, it's good to fail because you know what it's like to get out of it. I'm still learning every day. Baseball throws me different things every day. For today, you've got to learn not to change anything and stick with that process and what's been working. It's always rewarding when that happens."
Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.