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This got me thinking though: Were home runs less important last season? Thirty home runs used to be a milestone; in 2019, nearly 40 percent of qualified hitters eclipsed that mark, those as good as Mike Trout (180 wRC+) to as bad as Rougned Odor (77 wRC+). Thirty home runs seemingly meant very little.

But, for every home run hit, there was a home run surrendered. Trout went yard 45 times last season. Three of those came off of Ariel Jurado. Lance Lynn, Mike Fiers, Mike Leake and Aaron Sanchez allowed two each. That means that nearly one-quarter of Trout’s 2019 home runs can be accounted for through just five pitchers.

On a macro level, this begs the question: How does home run differential factor into a team’s success? If home runs were so prevalent in 2019, then teams who both hit a lot of them and surrendered few likely did well overall, one would think.

After running the results, they did better than I ever would have expected.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 22, 2020 at 03:02 PM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Rally Posted: June 22, 2020 at 03:31 PM (#5958762)
That means that nearly one-quarter of Trout’s 2019 home runs can be accounted for through just five pitchers.

For guys who hit 40+ homers, my guess is this would be extremely normal. And the further back in time, the more you could expect the big HR hitters to have hit a larger percentage off their top 5 victims. Simply because fewer teams, and fewer pitchers used per team.
   2. Rally Posted: June 22, 2020 at 03:38 PM (#5958768)
1957 was the first year Hank Aaron hit 44 homers. 12 came off of the 5 pitchers he hit most off.
   3. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: June 22, 2020 at 03:41 PM (#5958771)
i know this is career-wise and not yearly, but, yeah, way more pitchers for modern guys

Barry Bonds, 762 hr hit off of 449 pitchers. most off an individual pitcher is 8 (5 different guys)
Hank Aaron, 755 hr hit off of 310 pitchers, most off an individual pitcher is Don Drysdale with 17.
Babe Ruth, 714 hr hit off of 216 pitchers, most off an individiual pitchers is Rube Walberg with 17.
   4. Rally Posted: June 22, 2020 at 04:01 PM (#5958778)
Now I'm curious, what is the most HR any batter hit off a single pitcher? Is that something the new BBref tool can do?
   5. Rally Posted: June 22, 2020 at 04:04 PM (#5958780)
Might have to search 1 at a time. Mays hit 18 off Warren Spahn.
   6. Sweatpants Posted: June 22, 2020 at 04:12 PM (#5958783)
Duke Snider got Robin Roberts 19 times.
   7. Howie Menckel Posted: June 22, 2020 at 04:23 PM (#5958787)
"Where Have All The Pedants Gone....?"
   8. vortex of dissipation Posted: June 22, 2020 at 04:40 PM (#5958790)
Mays hit 18 off Warren Spahn.

And Stan Musial hit 17 off him.
   9. RJ in TO Posted: June 22, 2020 at 04:43 PM (#5958792)
Musial really had Mays' number.
   10. Walt Davis Posted: June 22, 2020 at 05:18 PM (#5958804)
You might want to look at it the other way around ... who did Blyleven give up the most to?

The back of my brain tells me somebody victimized somebody over 20 times, that it was a mildly well-known factoid -- ain't I helpful?
   11. RJ in TO Posted: June 22, 2020 at 06:17 PM (#5958822)
Apparently, the most against Blyleven was 9, by the legendary Ron Kittle. Four players had six against him, who were Jackson, Lynn, Murray, and Tartabull.
   12. SoSH U at work Posted: June 22, 2020 at 06:32 PM (#5958826)
Blyleven was too well-traveled, and spent too much time in the balanced AL schedule of 1977-1993, to give up too many dingers to one guy.

It's got to be a pre-expansion pair.
   13. Sunday silence: Play Guess How long season lasts Posted: June 22, 2020 at 07:30 PM (#5958840)
the all time leader is already mentioned in no. 6
   14. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: June 22, 2020 at 08:41 PM (#5958859)
I know it's not close to the record, but Carlos Delgado hit 7 homers in 28 AB against Jorge Sosa, including homering in 5 straight plate appearances.
   15. Walt Davis Posted: June 22, 2020 at 11:27 PM (#5958890)
I forget which pitcher it was (Davey Williams maybe) but somebody with a sub look up Sosa's best by pitcher ... I want to say it was something like 8 for 16 with 6 HRs and 10 BB.

Blyleven was too well-traveled

True enough, Robin Roberts would be a better one to check ... if he gave up 19 to Snider ...
   16. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: June 23, 2020 at 10:22 AM (#5958940)

Snider 19
Banks 15
Campy 13
Matthews, Sauer 11
Hodges 10
   17. AndrewJ Posted: June 23, 2020 at 11:40 AM (#5958946)
Roberts gave up 11 homers to Sauer, who wound up stealing the 1952 NL MVP from him. Some gratitude.
   18. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: June 23, 2020 at 11:48 AM (#5958948)
And Stan Musial hit 17 off him

no Spahn:

Mays 18
Musial 14
Boyer 11
Post, Cepeda 10

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