MILWAUKEE – As the trade deadline gets closer and closer, the rumors grow louder and louder.
Some of those include the player batting eighth in the lineup on Sunday afternoon at Miller Park.
Kyle Schwarber’s name has been tossed about in some trade chatter over the past few weeks as they Cubs look towards improving their squad for a stretch run for the playoffs. It would seem unlikely the Cubs would part ways with the outfielder, but with needs in other places, nothing is guaranteed from now until Wednesday.
Over the course of an afternoon, Schwarber made a heckuva argument for the Cubs to keep him around for the stretch of this season and others.
After back-to-back painful losses to the Brewers this weekend, Schwarber smacked a pair of homer and drove in a career-high seven RBI in an 11-4 win that allows the Cubs to salvage one game from the series with their NL Central rivals. A loss by the Cardinals to the Astros helped the Cubs jump back into a tie for first with St. Louis as Milwaukee sits a game behind.
The big day by Schwarber began in the second when he hit a ball 473-feet to right with the bases loaded for the Grand Slam to put the Cubs up 4-0. It continues in the fourth with a less impressive but just as effective hit to the opposite field that cleared the wall for a three-run homer.
Those two blasts added to his 24 homers on the season with the seven RBI bringing him up to 54 for the campaign, and they were needed for the outfielder.
After experiencing success in June (.262 average), Schwarber has fallen off at the plate for most of July, hitting just .167 with an on-base of .267 with four homers and seven RBI. He’d failed to get a hit in his last four games before Sunday.
So as his name continues to circulate in trade rumors, at least Schwarber took Sunday to show the Cubs why they should keep him around in their pursuit of a fifth-straight playoff appearance.