Monday, June 17, 2019

Newsletter Excerpt, June 17, 2019 -- "1,100 Homers a Month"

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"Sunday featured a full slate of baseball games, with all 30 teams in action. A full third of those teams scored at least eight runs. Six of them scored at least 11. One of those six even managed to lose. We can point to Planet Coors and hand-wave away the record-setting Padres/Rockies series, but at any altitude, the trends of 2019 are not abating at all. In fact, they’re accelerating -- and it’s not even summer yet. Through 16 June days, we’ve seen 609 homers, 1.42 per team per game. At that pace, 2019 will have given us the three biggest home-run months in baseball history."