Statcast is a system that Major League Baseball uses in which various stats get recorded in a seemingly convenient way. It may not be 100 percent accurate, but there are times where it could give a pretty solid estimate. It tracks things such as exit velocity, home run distance and more. This piece will look into some home runs that were recorded by Statcast. More specifically, here is the furthest home run of each MLB Postseason since 2015 according to Statcast. Other Statcast lists can be viewed here.
2015: Kyle Schwarber (Projected Distance: 459 Feet)
The Cubs were trailing the Mets 4-1 in game one of the 2015 NLCS. Kyle Schwarber was facing Matt Harvey, who was still pitching into the eighth inning. The bases were empty with two outs when Schwarber hit a deep home run to bring the score to 4-2. That ended Harvey’s night on the mound, although it was the last run of the game as well. The Cubs went on to get swept in that series. A video of Schwarber’s long homer can be watched here.
2016: Jayson Werth (Projected Distance: 450 Feet)
The 2016 NLDS was tied at one game a piece heading into game three. The Nationals were leading the Dodgers 4-3 heading into the ninth inning. The Dodgers had Kenley Jansen on the mound. Jayson Werth led off the inning with a solo shot, giving the Nationals a 5-3 lead. Washington eventually won that game 8-3. However, they ended up losing the series, with the Dodgers winning both games four and five by just one run. Werth’s home run can be found here.
2017: Willson Contreras (Projected Distance: 491 Feet)
The Dodgers went up 3-0 on the Cubs in the 2017 NLCS. Game four was tied at zero in the second inning when Willson Contreras came up with one out and the bases empty. That’s when he nailed one off the left-center field scoreboard in Wrigley. It aided in the Cubs 3-2 win over the Dodgers to get the series back to 3-1. The Cubs lost the next game 11-1, sending the Dodgers to the 2017 World Series. Contreras’ game four home run can be watched here.
2018: Gary Sanchez (Projected Distance: 480 Feet)
After taking game one in the 2018 ALDS, the Red Sox were trailing the Yankees in game two. Gary Sanchez came up with two runners on as the Yankees were leading 3-1. That’s when Sanchez blasted one to left-center field at Fenway, giving the Yankees a 6-1 lead. The Yankees won that game to tie the series at one. However, they lost the next two as the Red Sox moved on to the ALCS. That dinger can be watched here.
2019: Freddie Freeman (Projected Distance: 460 Feet)
Trailing by two in the ninth of the 2019 NLDS opener, Freddie Freeman came to the plate. He faced Carlos Martinez and crushed one over the center field wall to bring the Braves within a run at 7-6. The Cardinals held on, though. The Braves would comeback to win the next two and take a 2-1 series lead. The Cardinals would then win games four and five to advance to the 2019 NLCS. Freeman’s long ball can be found here.
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