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An Advanced Statistical Look at Just How Great Brent Lillibridge’s Game-Ending Catch Was the Other Night

Brent Lillibridge made two outstanding catches on Tuesday night to save Chicago's victory over the Yankees, but it's the second one — the one on Robinson Cano's line drive that ended the game — that's the subject of some advanced analysis over at ESPN's Stats & Info blog. According to Ben Jedlovec of Baseball Info Solutions, Cano's liner had a hang time of just under 2.5 seconds, and of 61 balls with hang times rounded to 2.5 seconds hit to that ten-foot-by-ten-foot zone of the outfield in the past year, only three — including this one — have been caught. There's some common sense at work here — the more time a ball is in the air, the more time a fielder has to get to it — but the numbers show just how close Cano came to a hit in the ninth, if only his liner had just a little less hang time. Again, Cano's ball hung in the air for 2.5 seconds, but every single ball hit to that spot since 2010 with a hang time of 2.0 seconds has dropped in for a hit. [Stats & Info/ESPN]

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