Reds choose Juan Francisco over Jim Edmonds for final spot

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Jim Edmonds said last week that he was “hopeful” about being ready for the playoffs after suffering an injury that was initially believed to be a torn achilles’ tendon, but that was never particularly likely and the Reds officially announced that he won’t be on the playoff roster.
Cincinnati opted to give the final spot to 23-year-old rookie Juan Francisco, who logged just 59 plate appearances for the Reds after spending nearly the entire season at Triple-A. He hit .286 with 18 homers in 77 games at Louisville, but also posted an ugly 81/16 K/BB ratio. Francisco will likely be limited to pinch-hitting duties, although he does offer some defensive versatility in the infield and outfielder corners.
As expected, Aaron Harang was also left off the Reds’ playoff roster.

Watch: George Springer robs Todd Frazier with an incredible catch at the wall

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Perhaps there are a few who still miss the slope of Tal’s Hill rising from center field, but George Springer isn’t one of them. He lassoed a 403-foot fly ball from Todd Frazier in the seventh inning of Game 6, reaching nearly to the top of the wall to prevent the Yankees from gaining on the Astros’ 3-0 lead.

According to Statcast, a fly ball with an exit velocity of 103.6 MPH and a launch angle of 29 degrees lands for a home run 72% of the time. That wasn’t going to fly with the Astros, who were facing runners on first and second with one out and saw Justin Verlander‘s pitch count rapidly approaching 100.

It wasn’t long before the Yankees tried for another home run, however, and this one sailed far above the heads of all of the Astros’ outfielders. Aaron Judge lofted a 425-foot shot to left field in the eighth inning, destroying a first-pitch fastball from Brad Peacock and finally getting New York on the board.

The Yankees currently trail the Astros 4-1 in the bottom of the eighth.