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Kyle Schwarber Carries the Washington Nationals with Overabundance of ­­­Home Runs

Introduction

On Thursday, June 24th, 2021 the Washington Nationals veteran superstar outfielder, Kyle Schwarber, homered two times as he remains red – hot in the batter’s box slugging home run after home run as he leads his team to victory once again. The Washington Nationals defeated the Miami Marlins with a final score of 7 to 3 that Thursday night, as the Washington Nationals have now won 10 of their last 11 ball games. During the past 13 games for the Washington Nationals, Kyle has hit an astonishing 12 home runs.

The National League East Playoff Race has Changed Quickly

At the moment the Washington Nationals have climbed their way back up to the second spot of the highly competitive National League East division of Major League Baseball. Currently the Washington Nationals are only 3.5 games behind the NL East first place New York Mets.

The Two Home Runs

The heavy swinging lefty, Kyle Schwarber, led off the first inning of play Thursday night by ripping a hanging curveball delivered by Cody Poteet to deep right field for his 5th leadoff home run of the 2021 MLB season. Then in the second inning Josh Harrison singled, Victor Robles walked, and with two outs in the top of the 2nd Schwarber rocked a 0 – 2 heater over the wall in center to put the Washington Nationals up 4 to 0.

Kyle has now become the first player in MLB history to hit 11 home runs in the span of 13 games out of the number one slot in the batting order. According to STATS, “He (Schwarber) became the fourth player with eight home runs and 15 RBI in a five-game span, joining Shawn Green, Manny Ramirez, and Frank Howard.”

Kyle Schwarber’s Box Score (6/24/2021)

4 at bats, 2 runs, 2 hits, 4 RBIs, 2 HR, 1 BB, 2 K, AVG .245, OBP .330, SLG .544

Media Statements

“You’re not going up there expecting to hit home runs every time you’re up at the plate,” Schwarber explained. But hitting a home run when you’re locked in the plate, good things happen. It’s a little more satisfying that we’re going out there and winning baseball games. I’m not the only component to this – trust me.”

“When he’s like that, you don’t say much to him,” the Washington Nationals’ manager Dave Martinez stated. “You let him go out there and play the game and let him get his swings. He’s been awesome getting us going. He’s knocked in some big runs for us. Hopefully he’s hot for a while.

I just haven't been sharp,” the opposing starting pitcher for the Miami Marlins, Cody Poteet, relayed to the media following the disappointing loss to Washington. “Definitely not the start you want.”

The five early obviously hurt us,” the Miami Marlins’ manager Don Mattingly expressed. “The way we’ve been swinging the bats, it doesn’t put you in a good spot.”

Schwarber’s Baseball Career Achievements, Honors, and Awards

  • Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL) Hall of Fame Class of 2019.
  • Major League Baseball World Series Champion with the Chicago Cubs in 2016.
  • Finalist for the Johnny Bench Award in 2014.
  • First – Team All – American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) in 2013.
  • Cape Cod Baseball League’s Most Valuable Player of the Playoffs in 2012.
  • Freshman All – American by Louisville Slugger in 2012.
  • Freshman All – American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper in 2012.

Current MLB Standings (as of Friday, June 25th, 2021)

American League East

Tampa Bay Rays 45 – 31 0 Games Behind

Boston Red Sox 44 – 31 0.5 Games Behind

New York Yankees 40 – 34 4 Games Behind

Toronto Blue Jays 38 – 35 5.5 Games Behind

Baltimore Orioles 23 – 52 21.5 Games Behind

American League Central

Chicago White Sox 44 – 30 0 Games Behind

Cleveland Indians 41 – 31 2 Games Behind

Kansas City Royals 33 – 40 10.5 Games Behind

Detroit Tigers 32 – 43 12.5 Games Behind

Minnesota Twins 31 – 43 13 Games Behind

American League West

Houston Astros 47 – 28 0 Games Behind

Oakland Athletics 46 – 31 2 Games Behind

Seattle Mariners 39 – 37 8.5 Games Behind

Los Angeles Angels 36 – 38 10.5 Games Behind

Texas Rangers 27 – 48 20 Games Behind

National League East

New York Mets 38 – 31 0 Games Behind

Washington Nationals 36 – 36 3.5 Games Behind

Philadelphia Phillies 34 – 37 5 Games Behind

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Atlanta Braves 35 – 39 5.5 Games Behind

Miami Marlins 31 – 43 9.5 Games Behind

National League Central

Milwaukee Brewers 42 – 33 0 Games Behind

Chicago Cubs 42 – 33 0 Games Behind

Cincinnati Reds 37 – 36 4 Games Behind

St. Louis Cardinals 36 – 39 6 Games Behind

Pittsburgh Pirates 27 – 46 14 Games Behind

National League West

San Francisco Giants 48 – 26 0 Games Behind

Los Angeles Dodgers 44 – 31 4.5 Games Behind

San Diego Padres 45 – 32 4.5 Games Behind

Colorado Rockies 31 – 44 17.5 Games Behind

Arizona Diamondbacks 21 – 55 28 Games Behind

Odds to Win the MLB 2021 World Series

According to Bovada sportsbook below are the odds to win the MLB 2021 World Series as Friday, June 25th, 2021. Currently the Washington Nationals have the 20th highest odds to win it all for this exciting 162 game regular season of Major League Baseball in addition to the 2021 MLB playoffs.

Team                                                   Odds
Los Angeles Dodgers                           +340
Chicago White Sox                               +675
San Diego Padres                                 +700
Houston Astros                                      +800
New York Mets                                      +900
New York Yankees                               +1100
Tampa Bay Rays                                  +1500
Oakland Athletics                                 +1600
Boston Red Sox                                   +1800
San Francisco Giants                           +1800
Milwaukee Brewers                             +2000
Atlanta Braves                                     +2400
Toronto Blue Jays                                +2500
St. Louis Cardinals                             +3300
Cleveland Indians                               +4500
Chicago Cubs                                     +4500
Los Angeles Angels                             +6000
Cincinnati Reds                                   +6600
Philadelphia Phillies                            +7000
Washington Nationals                         +8000
Kansas City Royals                              +8000
Minnesota Twins                                 +10000
Seattle Mariners                                  +10000
Miami Marlins                                     +15000
Detroit Tigers                                       +60000
Pittsburgh Pirates                                +60000
Texas Rangers                                    +75000
Baltimore Orioles                               +100000
Colorado Rockies                               +100000
Arizona Diamondbacks                      +150000

 

Sources:

“Schwarber's 11th, 12th HRs in 13 games lifts Nationals”, espn.com, June 24, 2021.

“Kyle Schwarber”, baseball-reference.com, June 25, 2021.

“MLB Standings 2021”, espn.com, June 25, 2021.

“United States, MLB Futures, MLB 2021 World Series: To Win Outright”, bovada.lv, June 25, 2021.


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