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Statcast breaks down how rare Lorenzo Cain’s dazzling catch was against the Mets

Kansas City Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain caught a fly ball off the bat of the Mets’ Michael Conforto in the second inning of Tuesday’s game at Kauffman Stadium.
Kansas City Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain caught a fly ball off the bat of the Mets’ Michael Conforto in the second inning of Tuesday’s game at Kauffman Stadium. jsleezer@kcstar.com

Even when he’s having a rough day, Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain still manages to make a big play.

During the Royals’ 2-0 loss to the Mets on Tuesday, Cain lost a ball in the afternoon sun and admitted it was a challenging day. Yet, Cain made a sensational grab on ball hit by Michael Conforto in the second inning. Cain’s route to the ball was nearly perfect and he ended up running into the outfield wall.

Here is the breakdown from Statcast:

Cain covered 92.6 feet and reached a top speed for 21.6 mph. According to MLB.com, a catch that combined at least 90 feet covered and a speed of at least 21 mph occurred just 25 times during the entire 2015 season. MLB noted that Cain made three of those catches last season, which tied with Detroit’s Anthony Gose for the most in the majors.

I’ll just say this: I love Statcast.

The Royals split a two-game season-opening series with the Mets in which they raised a World Series banner and got their rings Tuesday. Noah Syndergaard shut down the Royals in a 2-0 Mets win Tuesday.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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