Here are today’s highlights from yesterday’s slates of game.
Let us get this out of the way. Aaron Judge is a very good baseball player and his ability to hit baseballs really far is particularly strong. Here he is hitting what is rumored to be the longest home run in the history of the park in Arlington (unverified) but is the longest one hit by a Yankee this season....which is impressive considering what this lineup has been doing this year.
A balmy night in Arlington = Perfect conditions for a Judg-ian blast!@TheJudge44 launches the longest @Yankees HR of 2018 -- and 6th-longest in @MLB this season -- with a 471-foot tater. pic.twitter.com/be8LAQNczi— #Statcast (@statcast) May 24, 2018
On the defensive side, Kole Calhoun saved the day for the Angels. After the Angels took the lead late in the game, Curtis Granderson was on third and a sac fly was presumably going to score the tying run. Calhoun was having none of that and gunned him down for the double play.
J.T. Realmuto has been one of the few bright spots for the Marlins this season. Here, he uses an insane pop time to nail Amed Rosario at second base despite the fact that Rosario got a great jump and is quite fast.
You’ve got to be quick to catch the speedy Amed Rosario, but the @Marlins have the right man for the job.— #Statcast (@statcast) May 24, 2018
This 1.76-second pop time to 2B by @JTRealmuto is the fastest on a CS since #statcast began tracking in 2015! ⚡ pic.twitter.com/h2TcK4P0SV
I have this strange fascination with guys getting hits, and especially home runs, off of pitches they have no business doing anything with. Case in point: Colin Moran took a high offering from Matt Harvey and tomahawked it out.
One of the things that Statcast is doing these days is assigning star value to catches based on degree of difficulty and the probability that it would normally be caught. Well, Ronald Acuña Jr. got himself four gold stars for this catch. He almost doubled the runner off at first on the throw, too.
Have to give some love to this Yankee fan who made a tremendous grab in centerfield. Other than sacrificing his body to go back over the rail to make the catch, note the defensive positioning here. He had the berm basically to himself, which is a strong odds play. However, the ball tailed back into the crowd and he went and got it. Nice work, sir.