Kris Bryant hits first homer off Clayton Kershaw curveball in over a year
Kris Bryant hit two home runs in the Chicago Cubs’ 4-2 victory on Monday over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field. But his first round-tripper, off Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw, broke a nearly incomprehensible streak of dominance by the pitcher … at least with his practically impossible-to-hit curveball.
Bryant’s first home run, a two-run shot in the third inning, was the first one hit off a Kershaw curveball since San Francisco Giants infielder Brandon Hicks rounded the bases after depositing a ball in the stands off the Dodgers ace during a game played on May 11, 2014, according to a tweet from ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight.” That means Kershaw has made an astounding 38 starts since a batter went yard off one of his curveballs.
As noted by Big League Stew, opponents are hitting a woeful .096 when Kershaw spins in a curveball to the plate and are swinging and missing 47.75 percent of the time on such offerings, per Brooks Baseball. That’s pure and utter dominance.
“For me its kind of surreal,” Bryant nonchalantly acknowledged after the game about hitting a homer off Kershaw. “I’m facing guys that I grew up and they were on my fantasy baseball team in high school.”
Since his early season call-up, Bryant has appeared in 60 games, has hit 10 home runs, knocked in 42 RBI and is boasting an impressive .282/.384/.485 stat line. It’s safe to say that Bryant will continue to knock balls out of the park off several more pitchers he had on his fantasy baseball team during high school.
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