WATCH: Cubs OF Ian Happ blasts monstrous 474-foot home run vs. Athletics
The Chicago Cubs have been turning things on lately and are trying to take hold of the National League Central division. While they have some stiff competition in the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers, their bats are starting to come alive, which spells bad news for their opponents.
Ian Happ recently rejoined the Cubs after spending the majority of the season in the minor leagues. He has struggled at times at the plate, but that wasn’t the case against the Oakland Athletics on Monday night.
Happ ended up blasting a 474-foot monstrous home run to put the Cubs up 3-2 against Oakland. It was the longest home run by a Cubs player this year.
Take a look at the moonshot for yourself if you have not yet seen it:
Ian Happ nearly sent this one out of Chicago
— Bleacher Report MLB (@BR_MLB) August 6, 2019
If the Cubs can get Happ swinging the bat well again, their lineup is going to be even more scary. They already feature a lineup with Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, and Willson Contreras (when healthy). Nicholas Castellanos was also added to the mix at the trade deadline.
At just 24 years of age, Happ still has plenty of time to improve. He showed flashes last season with the Cubs, racking up 15 home runs and 44 RBI. His consistency will need to improve, but Chicago loves the pop that he brings to the plate.
Chicago is bracing for a tough stretch run with injuries adding up. Contreras and star closer Craig Kimbrel hit the injured list and the Cubs have also dealt with injuries to Pedro Strop, Brandon Morrow, and plenty of others.
Hopefully, Happ can use this moonshot as a stepping stone to get his bat going to help the Cubs make a playoff run.