(CBS) Cubs center fielder Albert Almora’s web gem that robbed a Matt Adams blast in the seventh inning and helped seal a 2-1 win over the Cardinals on Tuesday night was as destined to be a homer as it seemed.
A ball with the exit velocity of 106 mph and the launch angle of 34 degrees that Adams’ had leads to a 90 percent likelihood of a home run, according to MLB’s Statcast.READ MORE: Chicago's Winter Overnight Parking Ban Begins Wednesday Morning At 3 A.M.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon compared Almora to former Gold Glover Jim Edmonds, who played for the Cardinals from 2000-’07 and spent time with the Cubs in 2008.READ MORE: Jussie Smollett Trial: Testimony Expected To Begin Tuesday
“I saw Jimmy Edmonds before the game, and I said, ‘Almora reminds me of you,’ Maddon said. “And (Edmonds) was at the game tonight, so hopefully he stuck around to see that play.MORE NEWS: Weather: Slightly Warmer Day Ahead
“(Almora is) just like Jimmy. Jimmy wasn’t the fastest guy. Albert isn’t the fastest guy. They both ran great routes and had a great instinct for the ball — when to jump, went to get the ball, how to get to the ball, go sideways where he can jump.”