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Rendon and the Nats
Anthony just hit #21 of the year. Just before him Washington hit 4 consecutive homers before Murphy made an out. Rendon's homer made it 5 dingers in 6 at bats.
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(07-27-2017 12:13 PM)bobreinhold1 Wrote:  5 dingers in 6 at bats

Holy crap. I've never seen/heard of something like this...
07-27-2017 01:54 PM
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21 homers ties his career high. Rendon has reached base safely in every game in July and is hitting over .400 for the month. Of course those aren't close to Jose Altuve-type numbers but they're not shabby.

You can't tell me that something isn't going on with the balls this year (or the bats - or maybe both). The offensive numbers in both leagues is crazy.
07-27-2017 02:32 PM
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I've heard a couple of national baseball reporters say that they believe the balls are being engineered tighter, yet still within the range of allowable diameters. There is apparently a somewhat small range they need to fall in to be legal, and the belief is that MLB is intentionally requesting that they be manufactured slightly smaller (i.e., tighter, hence more rebound action) to generate longer/stronger hits off the bat.

It's clear that there are one or more factors that are different from all prior years, though it's been turning up for a few years. But this year's jump in power and length is crazy.
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(07-27-2017 02:32 PM)Fort Bend Owl Wrote:  21 homers ties his career high. Rendon has reached base safely in every game in July and is hitting over .400 for the month. Of course those aren't close to Jose Altuve-type numbers but they're not shabby.

You can't tell me that something isn't going on with the balls this year (or the bats - or maybe both). The offensive numbers in both leagues is crazy.

You're right - I can't. Neither can some other folks who've taken a pretty close look at it.

Ben Lindbergh of The Ringer and Mitchel Lichtman Wrote:The testing revealed significant differences in balls used after the 2015 All-Star break in each of the components that could affect the flight of the ball, in the directions we would have expected based on the massive hike in home run rate.
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(07-27-2017 04:21 PM)gsloth Wrote:  I've heard a couple of national baseball reporters say that they believe the balls are being engineered tighter, yet still within the range of allowable diameters. There is apparently a somewhat small range they need to fall in to be legal...

If you read the article I just linked, they claim the range of standards is "laughably large", which would certainly allow MLB to say "we're not doing anything outside our standards" but still engineer the balls to fly farther. ETA: It's not just the COR but also the height of the seams.
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Was it versus ULaLa at UT regional that he hit 4 consecutive homers in a game? I may not have that exactly right.

It was not. I think I was remembering the Rider game and it was "only" 3 homers.
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(07-27-2017 01:54 PM)ChicagoOwl (BS 07) Wrote:  
(07-27-2017 12:13 PM)bobreinhold1 Wrote:  5 dingers in 6 at bats

Holy crap. I've never seen/heard of something like this...

The Twins had a ridiculous inning in the 60's against a young Catfish Hunter where they did something similar, but this sounds even more incredible.
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(07-27-2017 12:13 PM)bobreinhold1 Wrote:  Anthony just hit #21 of the year. Just before him Washington hit 4 consecutive homers before Murphy made an out. Rendon's homer made it 5 dingers in 6 at bats.

All off the same Brewers picher. Ouch!
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June 9, 1966

Harmon Killebrew, Tony Oliva, Don Mincher, Rich Rollins and Zoilo Versalles all homer in the 7th inning against the KC A's. Three off Catfish Hunter, two off Paul Lindblad.

don't believe 4 were consecutive though
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(07-27-2017 06:21 PM)Tomball Owl Wrote:  
(07-27-2017 12:13 PM)bobreinhold1 Wrote:  Anthony just hit #21 of the year. Just before him Washington hit 4 consecutive homers before Murphy made an out. Rendon's homer made it 5 dingers in 6 at bats.

All off the same Brewers picher. Ouch!

Apparently, it's the only time the 5 HRs in an innning has ever been done against the same pitcher. I guess the other managers all decided to try to stop the bleeding.

I saw one other interesting bit of trivia - 4 of the other 5 instances of 5 HRs in an inning all happened against the Reds.
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As many pitching staffs that are 13 man staffs these days, you would think the Brewers would have gone to the pen earlier. Especially because they were throwing a 28-year-old journeyman who was making his first career start after 108 career relief appearances (and he also had allowed a homer in the 1st inning so he gave up 6 in 2.1 innings). They did yank him after Rendon's homer.

I think another reason for the increased offense this year has been the warm weather throughout the country. I didn't realize this but Minute Maid Park is the best pitchers' park in the majors this year, and it's really not even close.

http://www.espn.com/mlb/stats/parkfactor
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