Apr 10, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies left fielder C. Gonzalez (5) catches a fly ball in the second inning against the Chicago Cubs at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
CarGo’s great catch in Seattle
On Saturday night, in the bottom of the fourth inning, Carlos Gonzalez made an incredible catch to rob Nelson Cruz of what would have been at least a double. Statcast covered it here:
As it turns out, CarGo got up to a top speed of 18.2 miles per hour (!) and ran a 98% route efficiency, which I think is probably pretty good for an outfielder trying to track down a line drive.
Statcast is a cool thing. The numbers and sabermetrics can definitely go over the top sometimes, but Statcast is a fun thing to follow. It makes the players’ achievements a little more interesting as it puts them into a frame of reference (e.g., CarGo’s top running speed on this play).
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