Grandal was activated prior to Saturday's game and promptly made his presence felt. The catcher blasted a go-ahead, three-run homer off the Cardinals' Michael Wacha, in the Dodgers 5-1 victory.
"I was just trying to get my timing back, and it just so happened that [Wacha] made a mistake, probably the only mistake he made all night, and I was able to capitalize on it," Grandal said.
According to Statcast™, Grandal's home run had a 21.1 degree launch angle, reached a max height of 68 feet and the ball left Grandal's bat at 108.1 MPH.
So far this season, Grandal has an average exit velocity of 94.5 mph, on balls Statcast™ has tracked, which leads all catchers. Houston's Evan Gattis is second at 91.5 mph.
On the 3-1 pitch Grandal hit out, Wacha's actual velocity and perceived velocity were just 92.5 and 93.3 mph, respectively. His extension was a bit shorter than usual (6.8 feet).
Entering this start, Wacha's four-seam velocity averaged 93.9 mph, with an average perceived velocity of 95.0. That "extra" 1.1 is generated by Wacha's long extension (6.9 feet).
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