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Statcast of the Day: Odubel off to the races

Phillies center fielder chases down line drive from Braves' Swanson
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PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera felt a little like a superhero Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park.

He covered 89 feet in 4.6 seconds in pursuit of a line drive in the top of the seventh inning in a 4-3 victory over the Braves in 10 innings. Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson barreled a ball to right-center field, but Herrera caught the ball in stride, just short of the chain-link fence. The catch kept the tying run on first base with two outs.

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PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera felt a little like a superhero Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park.

He covered 89 feet in 4.6 seconds in pursuit of a line drive in the top of the seventh inning in a 4-3 victory over the Braves in 10 innings. Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson barreled a ball to right-center field, but Herrera caught the ball in stride, just short of the chain-link fence. The catch kept the tying run on first base with two outs.

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"You're saving the game," Herrera said through the Phillies' interpreter.

That ball is caught just 14 percent of the time, making it a five-star catch, according to Statcast™. Five-star catches are balls that are caught 25 percent of the time or less. Herrera caught three of those balls in 38 opportunities last season.

"From the beginning, I read the fly ball well," Herrera said. "I got a good read. I thought it was a great jump."

Herrera's sprint speed -- as measured by his fastest pace over his best one-second interval -- was 29.4 feet per second. To put that into perspective, Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton typically tops out a little above 30 feet per second when going all out to make a catch in the outfield.

In other words, Herrera was flying.

Phillies right-hander Luis Garcia's eyes darted back and forth from the ball to Herrera until his teammate made the catch.

"I was hoping," Garcia said.

Herrera slammed into the fence, spun and tumbled to the warning track after making the catch. He is fine.

"No, it didn't worry me at all because I was aware of where the wall was," Herrera said about crashing into the wall. "I knew the distance I had from where I was to the wall."

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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