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Saturday, August 27, 2016
Joe Hardy, Roy Hobbs, and just maybe Gary Sanchez?
Sanchez continued his torrid month on Friday with the 10th home run of his young career, part of a three-hit, four-RBI performance as the Yankees routed the Orioles, 14-4. Sanchez’s fifth-inning blast off Vance Worley was celebrated with loud chants of his name from an announced crowd of 38,423 at Yankee Stadium.
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Summoned to New York for an Aug. 3 contest against the Mets, Sanchez has enjoyed an all-out assault on both big league pitching and the record books. In 85 plate appearances, he has compiled a robust .403/.459/.883 split line, with seven doubles and 20 RBIs, including a two-run double in the second inning of Friday’s win.
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Sanchez is just the third player to hit 10 homers in his first 22 career games; the Rockies’ Trevor Story did it this year, and Boston’s George Scott enjoyed a similar run back in 1966. Yet perhaps Sanchez’s most impressive company resides in Monument Park.
Joe DiMaggio (39) is the only Yankee to have more hits than Sanchez (31) through 22 career games. The Yankee Clipper is also the only man to have more extra-base hits in pinstripes (18 for DiMaggio, 17 for Sanchez). Sanchez’s 20 RBIs are third behind DiMaggio (22) and Hideki Matsui (21) through 22 games.
Pretty good company there. Elias is also reporting that Sanchez is the first rookie to hit 10 HRs and have 20 RBI in his first 20 games of a season.
Sunday, August 14, 2016
There was a ceremony at Yankee Stadium for the 20th anniversary of the 1996 ‘Return of the Dynasty’ team. Aura & Mystique must have been in attendance, too:
Yankees prospects Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge didn’t wait long to prove they belong in the Majors. Austin and Judge made their debuts in stunning fashion during Saturday’s 8-4 win at Yankee Stadium, hammering back-to-back home runs in their first at-bats in the second inning of the game against the Rays to give New York a 2-0 lead. Austin and Judge are the first teammates to hit home runs in their first Major League at-bats in the same game. The feat was accomplished once before by opponents—the Dodgers’ Ernie Koy and the Phillies’ Heinie Mueller—on April 19, 1938.
They are also the first teammates to homer in their debuts in the same game and became the fourth and fifth players in Yankees history to hit home runs in their first career at-bat or plate appearance, joining John Miller, Andy Phillips and Yankees assistant hitting coach Marcus Thames. Austin and Judge both finished 2-for-4.
Judge did a little more than just make contact. Unlike Austin, who barely squeaked his shot over the short porch in right field for a Statcast™-projected 331-foot homer, Judge launched a projected 446-foot blast into center field, tying the Yankees record for longest home run at home in the Statcast™ era.
Video at link.
Sunday, August 07, 2016
This is a home run. (Sorry, can’t embed.)
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
There is some evidence to suggest that after years of being overpowered by dominant pitchers whose fastballs routinely approach triple digits, batters have started to catch up to the heat. Hitters have a .399 slugging percentage against pitches traveling 95 mph and up this season, up from .337 in 2014.
“Guys throw so hard now, you either become accustomed to it or we have to find another line of work,” said Washington Nationals All-Star second baseman Daniel Murphy, who has already set a career high with 17 home runs. “The more velocity you see, you’re able to slow it down a little bit more.”
“The dominance of pitching is an irresistible trend,” Thorn said. “If you hadn’t had intervention on behalf of batters throughout history, everybody would be hitting .160.”
Posted: July 12, 2016 at 06:25 AM | 4 comment(s)
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
The Marlins ended up on the wrong end of history Monday.
They and the Rockies combined for eight home runs in Colorado’s 5-3 victory, making it the most runs ever scored in a major-league game in which solo homers accounted for all of the scoring.
Eight solo home runs is still ten short of the entertainment record held jointly by Elvis Presley and Mariah Carey.
Posted: June 21, 2016 at 09:05 AM | 8 comment(s)
Thursday, March 31, 2016
We can’t credit last year’s increase in offense to a reversal in strike-zone size: The zone actually grew again in 2015, albeit very slightly. Similarly, strikeout and walk rates barely budged. But home runs rebounded by enough to produce most of the extra scoring. The graph below shows monthly home-run rates as a percentage of contact (HR/Contact), where “contact” is defined as at-bats minus strikeouts. Once again, playoff rates aren’t pictured, but in 72 games last postseason, HR/Contact leaped to 5.1 percent, which would literally be off the chart.
Posted: March 31, 2016 at 12:14 AM | 2 comment(s)
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