Evan Davis, a featured writer and editor for Beyond the Box Score and the host of our In Play, Pod(cast), appeared on MLB Network's MLB Now yesterday afternoon to make the case for relievers going into the Hall of Fame (a topic he expounded on last week). Evan promises to be nicer to Mike Lowell next time.
Cain's arm looks a little like jelly after making this catch, but Royals fans are used to seeing Cain make plays like this. Cain ranks second only to Leonys Martin in defensive runs saved among center fielders since 2014, and he ranks eighth overall. According to Jeffrey Flanagan and Statcast, Cain's route efficiency was 98 percent on a batted ball that goes for a hit about 89 percent of the time.
Longest single of the season. Easily.
He blasted the first two, but the last one just barely made it out.
Known masher Giancarlo Stanton is responsible, of course. It's not a dinger though. It had a launch speed of 120.3 mph on a 79.2 mph pitch.
StatCast's measurements on Brandon Crawford's home runs were nearly identical on his two opposite-field blasts in Atlanta. ESPN's Home Run Tracker disagrees just a bit.
Off the bat of Joc Pederson, this home run was the longest measured home run of round 1.
BtBS's Managing Editor, Bryan Grosnick, talks about Jason Giambi and how he's the "most '00s" player. Check it out!
Return of Retired Players, Long Games, & Catcher Interferences - Rob's Mailbag, Episode 10