Derek Jeter was on Mike Francessa’s show this morning and was asked about Yankee stadium:
They said they were going to try to make it – at least with field
conditions – as close to the old stadium as possible and they did a
great job. (Asked if his fly balls had extra carry that turned into
homeruns:) Maybe 1 or 2. I don’t think there were any that I just
popped up and went out.”
That’s checkable! Going to HitTracker online reveals . . . that Jeter had exactly two home runs that are classified, distance and trajectory-wise, as “just enough” or “lucky.” And only one of them was to the short porch in right. The other one was a “just enough” because it just barely cleared to straightaway center.
So, credit the Captian: he either reads HitTracker or else he really knows his homers.
The ALCS had a weird play in Game 4 on Tuesday night, but Game 4 of the NLCS did as well. This one involved Cubs outfielder Albert Almora, Jr. and his attempt to spark a rally in the bottom of the ninth inning against Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling.
After Alex Avila singled, Almora ripped a double to left field, past a diving Enrique Hernandez. The ball rolled to the ivy in front of the wall. Most outfielders there would’ve put their hands up, which would have alerted the umpires to call an immediate ground-rule double. Hernandez didn’t, instead fishing the ball out and firing it back into the infield. Avila had stopped at third base, but Almora kept running. Much to his surprise, he pulled up into third base to see his teammate standing there, resigned to his fate as a dead duck. Third baseman Justin Turner applied the tag on Almora for what he thought was the first out of the inning.
Almora, however, was then sent back to second base after the umpires correctly called a ground-rule double.
Unfortunately for the Cubs, the lucky break didn’t help as closer Kenley Jansen came in and took care of business, retiring all three batters he faced without letting an inherited runner score. The Dodgers won 6-1 and now lead the NLCS three games to none. They’ll try to punch their ticket to the World Series on Wednesday.