Yanks approaching home run milestones

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When Jorge Posada deposited a Jason Frasor pitch into the second deck at Rogers Centre last night, he became the seventh Yankee to reach the 20 home run mark. Not many teams have seven guys who hit 20 or more homers. In fact, Jorge pushed the Yankees into a tie for first place all time, with the 1996 Orioles, 2000 Blue Jays, and 2005 Rangers. At the rate the Yankees have knocked pitches out of the park this season, this feat isn’t completely unexpected.

With 28 games left to play, Derek Jeter will have plenty of chances to put his team in first place by itself. He needs just three home runs to reach the milestone, and is right on pace to hit it. Not that the Captain really cares. “I could care less if I ever hit another home run,” he told reporters. Classic Jeter. Not that he’s wrong. It’s a pretty meaningless record in the grand scheme of things. More than anything, it’s a testament to how well this offense has hit.

It doesn’t look like the Yankees will tie the record for most players with 30 or more homers, four, held by 10 teams. Unsurprisingly, four of those squads are the Colorado Rockies, from 1995 through 1997, and then again in 1999. Mark Teixeira is over 32 already, but the next closest, Alex Rodriguez and Johnny Damon, are ate 24.

As a team the Yankees have 210 home runs, tops in the AL by a decent margin. That puts them on pace for 253 homers (254 rounding up), which would fall 11 short of the all-time record of 264 set by the Seattle Mariners in 1997. The Yankees team record is in sight, though. They hit 242 as a team in 2004. The only way they don’t reach that is if they decide to rest their starters amply in the final weeks of the season. (Which, may I add as an aside, didn’t work too well in 2006.)

Many will write off this achievement, saying the Yankees are propped up by the comfy dimensions of the new Stadium. Yet that completely discounts the bombing they’ve done on the road. Their 93 road homers also leads the league. With a team .832 OPS on the road, it’s tough to argue that they’re getting it all done at home.

The homers aren’t necessarily essential to the team’s success, but they’re sure fun to watch. The sheer number of them, both the raw totals and compared to the rest of the league, demonstrates what an offensive force the team has become — or returned to being. It’s one more fun aspect in an eminently enjoyable 2009 season.

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  • http://anewfrontier.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

    If Jeter could care less, that means he already cares a lot.

    BAM.

    • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

      heh. means he cares, maybe not a lot…i hope that bastard cares, cause i’m all about setting pointless records!

      he and NICK SWISHER need to get on the stick…

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        This pointless record is right on par with the consecutive errorless streak.

        • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

          oh, that’s way more pointless…chicks dont dig errorless streaks…but they do dig the long ball…

  • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

    What an awesome season for Jeter. I hope he gets to 20 HR’s.

  • http://www.ominousred.com/blog/0901/090112_busey06.jpg Gary Busey’s Face

    Just wondering why this is tagged as “Better than the Mets”.

    • Dela G

      you don’t like the truth?

      • http://www.ominousred.com/blog/0901/090112_busey06.jpg Gary Busey’s Face

        Oh, believe me, I do. I revel in it. I’m just wondering if there’s anything specific, if it was a mis-tag, or just general AJ Daulerio-Deadspin-gloating.

      • Ed

        Yeah, but at this point if the headline was “Yankees take the month off, Scranton team to play out the remainder of the MLB season”, you could tag that as “Better than the Mets”. Doesn’t mean it’s a useful tag though.

    • Riddering

      Might have something to do with their homerun numbers.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

      We don’t use that one nearly enough. It works though, doesn’t it?

      • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

        …you going to tag EVERY post with better than the mets? cause that’s what it will come to!!!

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

          …And what’s wrong with that?

          • Ed

            What’s the Mets blog equivalent of that tag? “Better than having Ebola” ?

            • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

              …And what’s wrong with that?

              heh, nothin’, im just sayin’ :)

              What’s the Mets blog equivalent of that tag? “Better than having Ebola” ?

              mets dont have blogs cause blogs cant put bags on their heads…

    • vin

      Probably because the Mets have one guy in double figures.
      And that guy’s HR total is 10.
      And that guy hasn’t hit a HR since June 29.

      Without Gary Sheffield, the Mets’ top HR hitter would have 8. Apparently, it’s the deadball era in Queens.

      • jsbrendog

        wow. just…..wow…WOW

      • Kiersten

        According to a quote by Jerry Manuel the other day, the Mets are keeping their field at the same dimensions because they’re going to build their team on pitching, speed, and defense.

        Dead ball era, indeed.

        (WHY DO THESE MEN STILL HAVE JOBS???)

  • Dela G

    i don’t think jetes gets to 20, but thats just me :D

    • Riddering

      Jeter gets to 20 TONIGHT.

      There, I’ve now brought balance to the world by countering your pessimism.

      • Tom Zig

        haha that would be a hell of a game. Jeter has only 1 multi-HR game in his career.

        • Tom Zig

          I lied, B-R says he has 8.

          • Riddering

            That sounds better. I was about to pull out the “But I’ve seen it with my own eyes!” defense for that previous stat.

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        One of the highlights of 2008, a year w/o many highlights, was Jeet tying Gehrig’s hit record at the stadium with a HR, then breaking it in the exact same amount of at bats. That was awesome.

    • Bob Stone

      If it happens, it will be close. Jeter has 17 home runs in 540 at bats. That translates to 1 home run per 31.76 at bats. Presuming he gets 4 at bats for the remaining 28 games (which is a big assumption considering days off and walks) he would hit 3.5 more home runs. That would bring the total to 20 (rounding down).

      I think you may be right Dela G. It will be a stretch for him to hit 20.

      • Tom Zig

        Well he hit a bunch in his recent hot streak. Before then I didn’t think he’d make it to 15. I hope Jeter just swings for the fences until he gets to 20.

        • Bob Stone

          I hope so too, even though the “8 players with 20 home runs” record isn’t very important. But the statistics say it will be tough unless Jete goes on a wild power surge.

        • vin

          Not sure either if Jeter gets there. But if he does, that will be one tough record to break.

    • Billy

      espn.com pro rates stats and as of yesterday jeter is on pace to hit 21 homeruns

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

        It’s 20.5. I guess they round up.

        • Bob Stone

          That’s what I said earlier. I rounded down in my calculation to 20. And as I mentioned, that doesn’t include days-off or walks.

  • Tom Zig

    Melky is going to go on a ridiculous hot streak and hit 9 HRs this month. Jeter hits his 20th to lead off game 162

    • Bob Stone

      From your lips to Mo’s ears.

  • Raf

    I think their road numbers are what I like the most. they have the ability to mash in the new Yankee Stadium and on the road. always a good quality to have come October.

    • Billy

      yeah that really impresses me too. the met fans were complaining so much about how big citi field is and the yanks were hitting oppo shots the whole series there.

      • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/08R3h0p5XCeyR/610x.jpg Tom Zig

        Brett Gardner had a HR in citi field…Nuff said

        • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

          Imagine what he could do with an enormous “Great Gazoo”-type batting helmet.

          • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

            Aw, I can’t make fun of Wright for the batting helmet. Every player should wear it.

          • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/08R3h0p5XCeyR/610x.jpg Tom Zig

            Oh man, imagine seeing Brett Gardner with that thing on, his head is huge as it is!

            Or worse…imagine Michael Kay wearing that batting helmet.

  • mryankee

    Edited by RAB. Completely and egregiously off-topic.

    • mryankee

      egregiously? I think we should have a free form Friday. I would like the opinio of the intellgent people of this site

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

        We have open threads every single day. We have a chat later this afternoon.

        • mryankee

          Edited by RAB. Asking again doesn’t make it okay.

      • jsbrendog

        well it doesn’t really matter what you think. it matters what mike joe and ben think. ….

        • mryankee

          Ok I will ask at a more appropiate time. You guys are touchy.

  • Lawrence A. Herman

    Yankee Factoid of the Day: The Yankees have 28 games left and their magic number is 22. Over their last 28 games, the Yankees have gone 23-5. In other words, the way they are playing now, they would win the division even if the Red Sox ran the table.

    • A.D.

      Redic

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      I think I speak for everybody here when I say Holy Shit.

  • vin

    Am I being overly optimistic when I think that Yanks are going to go on one of those 11-2 runs in the postseason? This team just has the feel of the 98/99 team.

    The ability to score with and without the long ball will be tough for any team to match up with.

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      Is there anywhere we can go to get the splits of how many runs we’ve scored with the long ball and how many w/o?

      • vin

        I think I’ve got it:
        http://www.baseball-reference......2009#hitlo

        The “Not in Play” Row…
        209 HR (doesn’t count Gardner’s inside the parker, obviously)
        329 Runs on HR’s.
        773 Total Runs

        42.5% of all runs came on (over the fence) HR’s.

        I have no idea if that’s good or bad, but I’ll take it.

        • Jose

          A quick and easy (although slightly less accurate) way to figure out approximately what percentage of runs are scored by homeruns is to do the following:

          Multiply team home runs by 1.6 and divide by total runs scored.

  • mryankee

    My only concern is the 1998 team had much more consistent starting pitching. They also faced a cleveland team with no super ace a Texas team that was not a great pitching team. The Padres were solid but hardly a pitching team to fear. This year the road will be much more difficult. Tigers: Verlander-Jackson-Wasburn-Porcello. Angels Lackey-Weaver-Kazmir-Santana. Red Sox Beckett-Lester-Wakefield-Bucholz. If Phily or St Louis or even San Francisco pretty tough pitchers all around. The Yankees may very well win but the road will be much tougher than 1998.

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      Yeah…but we’re the best team.

      IMO the team with the best chance to beat us is the Angels. And we should beat them.

      • jsbrendog

        making it to the WS is the hard part. if we do, we will beat the phiilies/st louis. carpenter/wainright/piniero are not going to be able ot handle a powerhouse AL lineup. they’re used to catcher pitcher 8-9 and there’s 2 easy outs (vast majority of nl catchers at least) philly might be tough with lee/hamels but i don’t think it’ll be that bad

    • vin

      I agree that the ’98 team probably had more consistent starting pitching. I think the bullpens are very comparable. One big difference between the two teams is that this year’s team has a horse at the front end of the rotation (not really sure if that’s better than having a less talented, but more consistent rotation).

      Verlander is nasty, but Jackson has been scuffling for the last two months. The Yankees are a bad matchup for Washburn. Flyball lefthander = trouble for Detroit.

      Not to mention the fact that Detroit isn’t very good on the road (12 games under .500). And one of the home games will most likely be started by Washburn.

      • Matty Ruggz

        Don’t forget that in ’98 both Coney and Wells had their best seasons in pinstripes, winning 20 and 18 games respectively. I feel that either of those pitchers’ ’98 seasons compare favorably to the one CC is putting together this season.

        But who’s counting? Go Yanks! Lets get Girardi to change his number to 28 next year!

  • sabes

    They’re also close to having 7 players with 75 or more RBI. How many teams have done that?

    • Jose

      I can’t think of any Yankees teams to accomplish that. The closest I could find was the 1936 Yankees who had 6 players above 75 RBI and stopped short of 7 when Red Rolfe only had 70 RBIs.

      They played only 153 games though and had no DH. They scored 1065 runs and almost had 1000 RBIs, they ended up with 997 RBI. Unreal.

    • vin

      The 2003 Red Sox had 8 guys with 75+ RBI.
      Nomar, Manny, Millar, Mueller, Walker, Varitek, Nixon, Ortiz

      Not sure if any other team did it. I’m not a subscriber to B-R play index. The only display the first team (alphabetically) and the middle-bottom of the list.

      • vin

        Not only did all these guys have 75+ RBI…

        They also had 85+ RBI. That’s just sick. Damon was the lone slacker with 67. Amazing.

  • mryankee

    I am just saying there are more pitfalls than 1998-a lot better pitchers out there that the Yankees will face. I believe they can win but the Angels are so damn tough on the Yankees.

  • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

    Seriously, all I want is to make it out of the ALDS. If they can do that, the visions of a championship MIGHT start dancing in my head…

    • Thomas A. Anderson

      Agreed. That 5 game series can be a death trap as we’ve all seen the last 5 years.

    • Bob Stone

      All of these short playoff series are risky. Any team can get hot or cold for 3 to 7 games. I’d like to think that the best team always wins, but it is simply not the case. Luck plays too large a part to get cocky or over-confident no matter how well a team plays during the regular season.

      I for one, would like to see longer playoff series. Many years ago the World Series was best of 11 (and best of 9 for awhile). I would love to return to that format. I know it’s impossible with the increased number of playoff series and the longer season. At the very least the ALDS/NLDS should be best of seven. That takes a little bit of the luck (randomness)out of the equation.

      • vin

        agreed.

  • BklynJT

    HRs aren’t essential to a team’s success??? That’s ludacris, at least for this team. How many of our run have come as a result of the HR ball? I would wager that at least 50% of our runs. Seems important to our success to me. We are the Bronx Bombers, not the Bronx Manufacturers of Runs.

    • vin
    • Matty Ruggz

      I realize that home runs will be down in the postseason due to better pitching, but I would think that the Yanks should still outhomer their opponents in the postseason anyway.

      Besides, the other clubs have to deal with the Yankees’ power pitching staff (2nd in k’s per 9IP i believe?), which if hot should keep any offense in check in a short series.

    • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

      …where’s tjsc with a ludacris jpg???