Houston Astros fans rejoice as Yordan Alvarez launches a 3-run homer to take lead in Game 6 of the World Series. Check out home run distance.

Yordan Alvarez : Home run distance | High five

Yordan Álvarez played two seasons in the Cuban National Series (CNS) for the Leñadores de Las Tunas.

Yordan Alvarez : Home run distance | High five

In his second season, 2014–15, he batted .351, ranking second on the Leñadores, and hit one double and one home run over 40 games and 125 plate appearances.

Álvarez defected from Cuba, then established residency in Haiti in 2016.

While in Haiti, he met future Houston Astros teammate Yuli Gurriel and his brother, Lourdes Gurriel Jr., also a future major leaguer, and fellow Cubans.

Álvarez then travelled to West Palm Beach, Florida, where the Astros were building their spring training site, The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. 

Yordan alvarez home run distance 

Houston Astros left fielder Yordan Alvarez crushed a clutch, 450-foot homer to give the Astros a 3-1 lead over the Philadelphia Phillies in the bottom of the sixth inning in game six of the World Series Saturday night at Minute Maid Park in Houston.

Yordan Alvarez : Home run distance | High five

The Houston Astros won the 2022 World Series on Saturday night, taking Game 6 from the Philadelphia Phillies by a 4-1 margin.

The Astros can thank a clutch late-inning home run from left fielder Yordan Alvarez for securing their second title in the last six years.

The Phillies, who had taken a 1-0 lead in the top half of the frame on a Kyle Schwarber home run, elected to replace right-handed starter Zack Wheeler with left-handed reliever José Alvarado. Unfortunately for Phillies manager Rob Thomson and crew, that decision did not pay off.

Alvarado fell behind 2-1 to Alvarez before throwing a 99 mph sinker that caught far too much of the plate.

Alvarez made Alvarado pay for the mistake, too, crushing a home run to dead center that left his bat traveling at 112.5 mph and carried some 450 feet, according to Statcast. 

Yordan Alvarez : Home run distance | High five

The Astros’ win expectancy swung from 50.5 percent prior to the home run to 84.3 percent afterward, per FanGraphs’ calculations. 

High five 

Sometimes, there is absolutely nothing you can do. A hitter is so locked in that it doesn’t matter how good your pitcher is or where you pitch to him, or even whether you pitch to him at all—he’ll find a way to beat you.

That’s Yordan Alvarez right now against the Mariners. The Astros’ slugger, this generation’s Willie McCovey, swatted his second game-winning home run in as many games in the sixth inning yesterday off Seattle ace Luis Castillo to give Houston a commanding 2–0 series lead in this best-of-three ALDS.

It’s hard to fault Castillo for Alvarez’s blast. He threw Alvarez two 98-mph sinkers off the outside part of the plate. Alvarez saw just six power sinkers (95-plus mph) off the outside corner during the regular season; he swung at only two of them, fouling both of them off.

Yordan Alvarez : Home run distance | High five

Broadening a bit here, Alvarez swung at eight of the 49 fastballs (four-seamers, two-seamers, cutters and sinkers) he saw this season that were off the plate away and had velocities of at least 95 mph.

He put only one of them in play, a groundout to short off a 95-mph four-seamer from Angels righthander Oliver Ortega.

By Rishabh

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