Patrick Wisdom is on another level right now for the Cubs
Patrick Wisdom is singlehandedly trying to carry the Cubs offense.
The rest of the team didn’t exactly need his help Monday night in Oakland — the Cubs totaled 20 hits and 10 runs — but Wisdom did enough on his own to help his squad beat the A’s.
He crushed a solo homer in the 2nd inning to tie the game and mark his 4th straight contest with a longball (all 4 games to begin this road trip).
For good measure, Wisdom sent another ball into the bleachers in the top of the 8th inning — a 3-run shot that extended the Cubs’ lead to 10-1.
Guess who homered again … pic.twitter.com/Ws5EQo6MYk— Marquee Sports Network (@WatchMarquee) April 18, 2023
“Wis is locked in,” David Ross told reporters after the game. “Homers come in bunches — we’ve said that for a long time in baseball. Right now, he’s feeling good. Big part of the field, the ball is jumping, his bat’s in the zone a really long time, he’s deep into counts, he’s taking really aggressive swings. He’s got a lot of confidence in himself right now and that’s a good thing for us.”
That gave Wisdom 8 homers and 13 RBI on the season and put him in a tie with Pete Alonso for the MLB lead in home runs.
He also became the 4th Cub since 1901 with 8 longballs in the team’s first 15 game and the first player since Lee Walls in 1958.
Per #Cubs, Wisdom is the 4th Cub since 1901 with 8 homers in the first 15 games of a season. Lee Walls (1958), Hank Sauer (1954) and Gabby Hartnett (1925) also did it.— Taylor McGregor (@Taylor_McGregor) April 18, 2023
The big game Monday night puts Wisdom on pace for 86 homers and 140 RBI for the season.
Wisdom led the Cubs in homers in each of the last two seasons, hitting 28 in 2021 (setting a new Cubs rookie record) and 25 dingers last year.
Wisdom wasn’t the only offensive standout Monday night for the Cubs. Cody Bellinger notched his first career 5-hit game, Nico Hoerner scored 3 runs and Ian Happ tallied 3 RBI.