Friday night was rainy in Chicago.
Umpires were close to postponing the game between the Chicago White Sox and the Houston Astros at Guaranteed Rate Field.
However, it started at 9:20 pm Central Time, and it resulted in a win for the Astros.
With Houston up 4-1, Jimmy Lambert faced Astros slugger Yordan Alvarez in the top of the ninth.
You can probably imagine what happened next, but we will show you anyway.
A majestic home run from Yordan Alvarez! 113.5 mph off the bat 🤯
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) May 13, 2023
Alvarez hit one of the longest, most impressive home runs of the season, one that would have gone out in all 30 stadiums.
It left Alvarez’s bat at 113.5 mph and traveled a projected 428 feet.
Of course, when you leave a 93-mph fastball in the middle of the zone to Alvarez, these things will happen more often than not.
Alvarez was slowed by hand soreness in spring training and neck discomfort once the season started.
That might be enough to slow down your average MLB player.
Not him, though.
In 32 games, he is slashing .282/.388/.573 with nine home runs and 35 RBI.
Yes, that’s right, he is on pace to drive in more runs than he has played games.
Alvarez is quite likely MLB’s premier left-handed hitter and one of the most powerful in the league.
If the Astros are going to overtake the AL West leaders, the Texas Rangers, he will likely have a lot to do with it.
Only health separates Alvarez from being an MVP candidate this year.
If he can stay in one piece and play at least 145 or 150 games, he will be among the finalists.
We have already seen (especially in the World Series, the biggest of stages) what he can do.NEXT: Astros Reveal A Positive Jose Altuve Update