The final home run in the bottom half of the Top 10 of the Cincinnati Reds 10 longest home runs hit during the 2021 season is upon us. Eugenio Suárez waited until September to turn things up a notch during the season and it’s also when he hit his longest homer of the year when he took Jon Lester’s cutter well beyond the fence.
The Metrics Behind The Blast
Jon Lester went with the ole reliable cutter, but the lefty didn’t fool Eugenio Suárez with the 85 MPH pitch that caught too much of the plate, running into the barrel of the Reds third baseman and was sent to the stands at 111 MPH. It was the 26th homer of the season for Suárez and nearly made it to the arch.
Distance: 452 Feet
Reds Rank: 6th
Major League Baseball Rank: 137th
Eugenio Suárez Rank (2021): 1st
Launch Angle: 28°
Exit Velocity: 111.0 MPH
Reds Exit Velocity Rank (home runs only): 12th out of 222
MLB Exit Velocity Rank (home runs only): 379th (tie) out of 5935
The Story Behind The Blast
The Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals were both attempting to chase down a wild card spot with a few weeks left in the season. Cincinnati had a 2 game lead over St. Louis entering the day. In the second inning the Reds grabbed a 1-0 lead when Jon Lester’s cutter ran back over the plate and Eugenio Suárez tattooed it deep into left-center. It was the third homer of the month for Suárez and he’d add five more before the season was over.
The Reds would win the game 4-2. Unfortunately that was the last game that the St. Louis Cardinals would lost for the next three weeks as they ran off a 17-game winning streak and left Cincinnati in their dust for the final wild card spot.