Today we are going to kick off what is hopefully a fun series where we take a look back at the longest home runs hit by the Cincinnati Reds during the 2019 season. We will be counting down the Top 10 longest home runs, once a week as we head towards spring training.
The 10th longest home run of the season this season by a Reds player came on May the 24th. That’s when Eugenio Suarez took reliever Steve Cishek to the moon, basically.
The Metrics Behind The Blast
So the moon is roughly 238,900 miles from Earth, not 445 feet – but Eugenio Suarez still crushed the 90.6 MPH sinker to open the at-bat against Steve Cishek a long, long way. It left his bat 14.3 MPH faster than it came in, with an exit velocity of 104.9 MPH.
Reds Rank: 10th (tie)
Major League Baseball Rank: 268th (tie)
Eugenio Suarez 2019 Rank: 4th
Launch Angle: 26.3°
Exit Velocity: 104.9 MPH
Reds Exit Velocity Rank (on home runs): 59th (of 215 with data)
Exit Velocity Rank (on home runs) in Major League Baseball: 2505th (of 6677)
The Story Behind The Blast
This home run was an important one for the Cincinnati Reds. It came in the top of the 9th inning with a runner on. It took the Reds from down a run to up a run against the Cubs – a game they would hold on to win. For Suarez it was his 14th home run of the year.
Given that the home run came late in the game, and took the Reds from losing to winning, it makes sense that it was a big needle mover when it comes to win probability added. And it was. The home run was the biggest play of the game, worth +.570. It would be the second biggest hit of the season for Eugenio Suarez – at least by win probability added.