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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Rays P Chris Archer has perfect response to Kiermaier’s amazing catch

Kevin Kiermaier

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer had the most appropriate response to Kevin Kiermaier’s incredible catch on Friday night.

The Rays lost to the Red Sox 13-6 in 15 innings on Friday. The game might have ended earlier if it weren’t for Kiermaier’s heroics in the top of the 9th. Take a look at this incredible catch he made to rob Jackie Bradley Jr. of extra bases:

Statcast’s tracking technology said there was an 18 percent chance of that ball being caught. Here’s what Archer thinks about that stat.

So true. Aside from maybe Kevin Pillar, who else could have made that catch? Perhaps the 18 percent figure comes because some left fielders might be able to catch that ball. As for center fielders? Yeah, very few would even have a shot at it.

As we have seen before, there are very few people who are bigger fans of Kiermaier’s defensive abilities.

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