Updated: Jul 8, 2021
Nationals Outfielder Kyle Schwarber had one of the best months in major league history. He hit 16 home runs in the month of June. On top of that, he had four multi-home run games.
The Nationals season started off a struggle this year after being 22-29 coming into June. So nationals manager Dave Martinez moved Schwarber up to the lead-off spot in the lineup to try to generate some early offense and get the team rallied early, and boy did it work.
June started off as a struggle for Schwarber as he didn’t even hit a home run until June 12. He came into the month batting .236, and by June 12, his average was down to .216. But things turned around very quickly.
As I said, he hit his first home run of the month on June 12, which ignited a fire that no one could put out. After that, Schwarber would hit 16 home runs in an 18 game span. The only other people to do that were Sammy Sosa (1998) and Barry Bonds (2001). While those names aren’t exactly names you want to be grouped with, so far, no performance-enhancing drugs have been found being used.
Another record that Kyle Schwarber tied was 12 home runs in 10 games, set by Albert Belle in 1995. Over that 18 game stretch, Kyle brought his average up from .216 to .253, batting .280 for the entire month of June. He finished the month with 16 homers, 30 RBIs, and 13 walks. Not to mention he hit 7 LEADOFF home runs. He was also named NL Player of the Month.
The early explosiveness that Dave Martinez wanted for sure worked, and the Nationals were 14-4 during Schwarber's hot streak, bringing them above .500 for the first time since opening day. Unfortunately, Kyle Schwarber had to leave Friday night's game in the second inning with an apparent hamstring injury, and he did not return.