Spring training stats don't matter, right?
When you're hot you're hot, and nobody was hotter than Evan Longoria in the Cactus League this year. He proved that to be no fluke in his his first at-bat of the 2021 regular season. Longoria crushed a sinker from Seattle Mariners lefty Marco Gonzales to give the Giants an early 1-0 lead in the second inning on Thursday evening.
Longoria, 35, hit his first homer of the year 358 feet over the right field wall. The long ball was crushed with an exit velocity of 101.4 mph.
The veteran third baseman hit .346 with four home runs in 12 games this spring. That stroke followed him to Opening Day in the best way possible.
Last season, Longoria hit .308 against lefties with an .859 OPS. Manager Gabe Kapler expects big things from Longoria again this season when facing southpaws, too.
So far, it can't get any better.