Month in Review: MLB off to a slow start with 80 fewer home runs than last year

The first month of the season is in the books, and so far, Major League Baseball has hit fewer home runs than at this point last season. Here’s a look at the season so far:

(DISCLAIMER: Games played in March are added to April totals)

  • This year, through April 30, MLB has hit 720 home runs. Last season by this point, MLB had hit 800 home runs, thanks in part to 50 home runs hit on the final day of the month. At this point, MLB is on pace to hit 4,059 this season, 602 fewer than last year. At this pace, it would be the fewest home runs hit in a non-strike shortened season since 1993, when MLB hit 4,030.
  • So far, the National League has outslugged the American League 376 home runs to 344. Last season, the National League never hit more home runs in a single month than the American League.
  • The Angels and the Rockies are tied for most team home runs with 38 each, while the Royals have hit the fewest home runs (11).
  • Jose Abreu is the ML home run leader right now with 10 home runs, while Adrian Gonzalez, Justin Upton, and Giancarlo Stanton are tied for the NL lead with eight home runs.
  • It seems that 91 mph is the “perfect” speed when it comes to home runs this year. As seen on the chart below, 85 of the 720 home runs hit this year have come off 91 mph pitches.
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  • Evan Longoria set the Rays franchise home run record earlier this season with his 164th career home run. He might not be the only one to set a franchise record this season, as the Chicago White Sox, Miami Marlins, New York Mets, and Milwaukee Brewers could have their home run records broken this year.
  • Albert Pujols became the newest member of the 500 home run club this month, while Mark Trumbo and Colby Rasmus hit career home run number 100, and Jimmy Rollins hit number 200. Ryan Doumit and Dustin Pedroia are both sitting at 99 career home runs, and there are six other players sitting between 90 and 100 home runs.

You can find the data for all 720 home runs here. Continue to check back here, and follow me on Twitter for more trivia.

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