Kyle Schwarber started April with a bang, homering in his first at-bat as the leadoff man on Phillies Opening Day. But like many players in the lineup between then and the end of the month, he went through quite a dry spell.
And if you’re familiar with Schwarber’s career, that’s not a surprise. His March/April/May numbers throughout his career are significantly lower than the later months of the season. Even in 2021, arguably the best season of his career, he began the season hitting .206 with a .619 OPS and two home runs over 16 games between March and April, and over 27 games in June, he hit .280 with a 1.122 OPS and 16 home runs, which all came in an 18-game span.
But towards the home stretch of April, Schwarber heated back up. He homered three times in two games over the weekend, including twice off Max Scherzer, against whom he’d only managed a sole single before. He has six home runs on the season now, four of which were hit in the last 11 games.
Schwarber also gave Angel Hernandez the reality check we’ve all wished we could for years, which was awesome.