Jason Heyward Keeps Igniting Cubs' Offense

"He is leading us," Joe Maddon says of Heyward.

Bruce Levine
August 04, 2019 - 5:51 pm
Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward rounds the bases after homering.

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CHICAGO (670 The Score) -- Cubs manager Joe Maddon's latest leadoff hitter is proving to be one of his more successful choices in sparking the offense.

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Leading off for a fifth straight game, outfielder Jason Heyward homered homered and had three RBIs to lead the Cubs to a 7-2 win and sweep of the Brewers at Wrigley Field on Sunday afternoon. Heyward went 2-of-5 and led off with a solo homer for the second time in three days as part of the Cubs' 14-hit attack.

"He has had really good at-bats," Maddon said. "He is very confident right now, and he made a great catch in center field on the top of that. He has made a lot of adjustments. I give him credit for doing the proverbial grinding it out. He has gone through tough moments and never gave up. Right now, he is leading us."

The leadoff position has given the Cubs fits, as they've used nine players there and received just a .286 on-base percentage from the spot this season. Heyward has helped set the tone lately, and he had an RBI triple and scored in the second inning after his earlier homer.

"I am not really changing too much," Heyward said. "My goal is to go up there and put up a good at-bat, get pitches in the zone to hit, take good swings and give myself a good opportunity."

Heyward has had a resurgent season and has been in a groove for weeks now, hitting .330 since June 22. He has accepted his leadoff duties and also his shift to playing center field more after the Cubs' trade for corner outfielder Nick Castellanos.

It's all part of Heyward's team-first mentality.

"Leadoff wise, I must be cognizant that a good at-bat will help the next person," Heyward said. "I told them I can play center field, I just need some time. I asked them to be patient. I want to get better at it, and that is helping my group for this year by playing center field."

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine​.