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10 longest postseason homers since 2015

October 11, 2019

Hitters' performances routinely decline from the regular season to October, and it's not hard to figure out why. Teams are trotting out their best pitchers, the weather gets colder and the pressure on every pitch ramps up to max intensity. But, every now and then, a slugger still gets a

Hitters' performances routinely decline from the regular season to October, and it's not hard to figure out why. Teams are trotting out their best pitchers, the weather gets colder and the pressure on every pitch ramps up to max intensity.

But, every now and then, a slugger still gets a hold of a pitch -- and few plays match the adrenaline rush of a grandiose homer in the postseason. Below are the longest postseason home runs Statcast has tracked since the system came online in 2015.

1. Willson Contreras, Cubs: 491 feet
2017 National League Championship Series Game 4
Trailing 3-0 in the series, the Cubs needed a jolt when Contreras stepped to the plate against Dodgers left-hander Alex Wood in a scoreless tie in the second inning at Wrigley Field. The Chicago catcher provided just that, teeing off on a meaty fastball and sending it soaring high off the video board above the left-field bleachers.

2. Gary Sánchez, Yankees: 479 feet
2018 ALDS Game 2
Sánchez is no stranger to prodigious big flies. On Aug. 22, 2017, he launched one that cleared the left field seats at Detroit's Comerica Park and was projected at 493 feet -- one of the 10 longest homers in Statcast history. His October feat from this game may have been more impressive, given the circumstances. At 479 feet, Sánchez tied for the fifth-longest homer hit across MLB in 2018, and the distance set a Fenway Park Statcast record.

3. Freddie Freeman, Braves: 460 feet
2019 NLDS Game 1
The Cardinals eked out a road win in this opening-game matchup at SunTrust Park, but not before the Braves launched some moonshots off St. Louis closer Carlos Martinez. Atlanta trailed, 7-3, entering the bottom of the ninth before Ronald Acuña Jr. crushed a two-run blast to left-center field (more on that one below). Two batters later, Freeman took Martinez deep with a 109.7 mph shot into the pool in straightaway center that cut the Cardinals' lead to just one. Martinez composed himself for the save, but Atlanta's stars gave him plenty to think about for the rest of the series.

4. Kyle Schwarber, Cubs: 459 feet
2015 NLCS Game 1
The Cubs trailed the Mets, 4-1, in the eighth inning at Citi Field when Schwarber finally ended Matt Harvey's night by launching a high fastball way out to right-center field. Chicago went on to lose the game and the series -- a year before completing a championship run -- but for Schwarber it was the fourth of five homers he slugged in 27 at-bats that October as a rookie.

5. Acuña, Braves: 455 feet
2019 NLDS Game 1
Acuña raised his home run total by 15 from his rookie season to his sophomore campaign, and he proved that his 41 dingers were no fluke in the Braves' postseason opener. The star's 455-foot blast injected life into the Atlanta crowd that was seeing its club fall in danger of letting home-field advantage slip away, and Acuña's eccentric trot around the bases also drew the ire of Martinez postgame. Acuña knocked a ground-rule double off Martinez in Game 4, and the Cardinals hit him with a pitch during their series-clinching, 13-1 rout in the decisive Game 5.

6. Eric Hosmer, Royals: 453 feet
2015 ALDS Game 4
Hosmer isn't necessarily known as a power hitter, but he sure got a hold of one in October 2015, providing two big insurance runs in the ninth inning of a 9-6 victory at Houston that evened the series at two games apiece. A strong high-ball hitter, Hosmer was all over a heater from righty Josh Fields and sent it soaring to the back of the bullpen in deep right-center field. It stands as Hosmer's second-longest homer since Statcast™ began tracking, and helped push Kansas City along on its championship run.

7 (tie). Jayson Werth, Nationals: 450 feet
2016 NLDS Game 3
With Washington holding a 4-3 lead entering the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium, L.A. asked closer Kenley Jansen to keep it a one-run game. No such luck. Werth got a pitch down the middle and crushed it at 110.5 mph, into the upper reaches of the left-field bleachers. It turned out to be the last of Werth's 15 career postseason homers, and he made it count.

7 (tie). Schwarber, Cubs: 450 feet
2015 NL Wild Card Game
As mentioned, Schwarber went on a tear in the '15 postseason, and it all began in this winner-take-all contest at Pittsburgh. The Cubs were holding a 1-0 lead and had a man on base in the third inning when Pirates righty Gerrit Cole hung a slider. Schwarber tattooed it at 111.3 mph, over the right-field seats at PNC Park and out toward the Allegheny River.

9. Juan Soto, Nationals: 449 feet
2019 NLDS Game 5

This ranks as perhaps the most important -- and most impressive dinger -- on this list for several reasons. First and foremost, it helped the Nationals tie the Dodgers in the eighth inning of a winner-take-all Game 5 on the road, and it came just one pitch after teammate Anthony Rendon cut the lead to one. Second, it came off Clayton Kershaw, one of the greatest pitchers of his generation. And third, Soto was still 16 days shy of his 21st birthday, further solidifying the consensus belief that he will be one of baseball's next great sluggers.

Soto's picturesque homer to deep center field set up Howie Kendrick's go-ahead grand slam for Washington two innings later, and helped the Nationals take down the 106-win Dodgers.

George Springer, Astros: 448 feet
2017 World Series Game 5
One of the craziest back-and-forth games in World Series history simply had it all, including this moonshot by Springer. The Astros slugger stepped into the box to lead off the seventh inning and promptly launched a fastball by Dodgers reliever Brandon Morrow over the train tracks to tie the game at eight. The shot sent Houston's crowd into a frenzy, as the Astros had already climbed out of 4-0 and 7-4 deficits and made it clear to the Dodgers that they weren't going away.

Houston eventually walked off Los Angeles in the bottom of the 10th for a 13-12 victory, helping the franchise eventually claim its first World Series championship in a seven-game thriller. Springer finished as Series MVP after tying a Fall Classic record with five homers over those seven contests.

Andrew Simon is a research analyst for Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB.