April 21, 2021

Byron Buxton’s Uneven Progress | FanGraphs Baseball (FanGraphs)

While José Berríos and Corbin Burnes were rightly grabbing everyone’s attention for their dueling no-hit bids on Saturday evening, Byron Buxton played the hero on the offensive side, producing the game’s first hit and first run via his seventh-inning solo homer. It was Buxton’s second game in a row with a homer, as he went yard on Opening Day as well, and even though he left Sunday’s game before he run his streak to third in a row — thankfully, not an injury, merely a “non-COVID related illness” — his start once again kindled hopes that the speedy center fielder can put together a full season worthy of his talents.

First, the pretty pictures. If you haven’t seen Buxton’s Opening Day home run off the Brewers’ Eric Yardley, it was a sight to behold, a towering shot that caromed off the American Family Field scoreboard:

The projected distance on that 111.4 mph blast was 456 feet, a career high that outdistanced his June 5, 2019 homer off Cleveland’s Tyler Olson by two feet. And once again, here’s Buxton’s homer off Burnes, which had a projected distance of 411 feet:

Home runs are nothing new for Buxton, though they’re not as common as one…

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