Well the first week of baseball is in the books. We’ve had some hot starts (Mark Trumbo) and some not so hot starts (Royals, Yankees).
Through Sunday, Major League Baseball has hit 159 home runs. The National League is currently out-slugging the American League 87 home runs to 72, and the San Francisco Giants are the only team with double digit home runs (11). There have already been a few surprises to start the season: the Houston Astros lead the American League with nine home runs, the Yankees only hit their first home run yesterday, and White Sox outfielder Alejandro De Aza, not known for his power, is tied for the AL lead with three home runs.
Your 2014 home run leaders through Sunday:
1. Mark Trumbo ARI (5)
2. Brandon Belt SF (4)
3. Jose Bautista TOR (3)
Melky Cabrera TOR (3)
Alejandro De Aza CWS (3)
Torii Hunter DET (3)
4. 29 players (2)
Here are some more bits of trivia through the first week:
- 115 players have hit at least one home run; 81 players have only hit one home run
- Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond must be very picky about his pitches: He has hit two home runs this year, both on the first pitch of the at-bat, leading off the inning, and both pitches were 87 mph four-seam fastballs.
- 18 home runs have been hit off 91 mph pitches, the most off any single speed.
- Diamondbacks outfielder Mark Trumbo hit his fifth home run, #100 in his career, yesterday. With that home run, Trumbo has homered in four consecutive games.
Mark Trumbo has tied #Dbacks record for homers in consecutive games. Last player to do it was Mark Reynolds in 2009. Been done 5 times.
— Steve Gilbert (@SteveGilbertMLB) April 6, 2014
It took Trumbo 1751 ABs to hit his 100th HR. That is faster than Manny Ramirez (1752), Frank Thomas (1782), and Alex Rodriguez (1888) — Home Run Tracker (@longballstats) April 6, 2014
- Trumbo isn’t the only player to have a milestone home run already: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins’ first home run of the year was his 200th career homer, Cubs third baseman Mike Olt launched his first career home run, and Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp hit his first home run at Dodgers Stadium since 2012.
- Eight teams have hit three or fewer home runs so far, including the Royals who haven’t hit a home run yet:
- Kansas City Royals-0
- New York Yankees-1
- Texas Rangers-2
- Baltimore Orioles-3
- Minnesota Twins-3
- San Diego Padres-3
- Chicago Cubs-3
- Miami Marlins-3
- Want to thank @CespedesBBQ for this stat: Ben Revere broke the expansion era record for most plate appearances (1,430) without a home run last week. The previous record was 1,408, held by former Brewers/Blue Jays infielder Tim Johnson.