Statcast tracks triple that leads to Angels' winning run at Texas
By Andrew Simon
When the Angels needed a big play on Friday night, Mike Trout made one, and Statcast™ was there to show just how he did it.
With the Halos and Rangers locked in a tie in the top of the ninth at Texas, the defending American League Most Valuable Player led off against closer Shawn Tolleson. Trout connected on a fastball at 103.2 mph, sending a screaming line drive into the right-center gap, over the head of center fielder Drew Stubbs.
As the ball one-hopped off the wall to right fielder Shin-Soo Choo, Trout stayed in high gear, reaching a maximum speed of 21.3 mph. He dove headfirst into third base, finishing his journey from home plate in 11.0 seconds, his fastest time of the year.
Albert Pujols followed with an RBI single, lifting the Angels to a 2-1 victory that kept them within one game of the Astros for the second AL Wild Card spot with two games remaining.
Here are a few other notable plays that Statcast™ measured on Friday.
Choo stays on track
Earlier in that game, in the top of the sixth, Choo got the better of Trout to prevent an extra-base hit and maintain the 1-1 tie. Facing Martin Perez with nobody on base and no outs, Trout hit a slicing line drive toward the right-field corner. Choo was on the move almost immediately, taking his first step in 0.05 seconds, then reached 19.1 mph as he traveled 83 feet to his left. Thanks to a route efficiency of 97.6 percent, Choo was able to get to the spot just in time, reaching out for a lunging catch.
A big night for Correa
The Astros' bats made all kinds of loud noise in a 21-5 blowout win over the D-backs at Chase Field, and Carlos Correa didn't miss out on the fun as he helped his club move toward a postseason spot. In the top of the fourth inning, with the game still reasonably close at 6-1, Correa led off against Josh Collmenter and squared up a low pitch that caught too much of the plate. Correa whacked it at 108.5 mph, the ball rocketing on a line over the high center-field wall for a projected distance of 446 feet, his third-longest homer of the season. It also was Correa's 22nd overall, setting the Astros' rookie record.
Correa later contributed to a seven-run seventh. With the bases loaded and one out, he smacked a line drive at 97.0 mph into the left-center gap, then raced around the bases as it rolled to the wall. Topping out at 19.9 mph, Correa went home to third in 12.0 seconds, making it easily without a throw and driving in three runs.
Shuck goes flying
In Chris Sale's final start of the season, the White Sox were clinging to a one-run lead over the Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field. With two outs and the bases empty in the top of the seventh, Detroit's Dixon Machado cracked a deep fly ball to right field. J.B. Shuck took his first step in 0.41 seconds, racing back 73 feet toward the wall and laying out for a diving grab before tumbling on the warning track. Statcast™ measured Shuck's route efficiency at 94.8 percent, and his catch helped get Sale his 13th win as Chicago held on, 2-1.
Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.