- Ryan Braun hit his 38th homer of the season last night as the Brewers damaged the Cardinals 5-4, in 13 innings.
- Edwin Encarnacion hit his 38th homer of the season last night as the Jays attempt to overtake the Red Sox for fourth place in the AL East
- Giancarlo Stanton hit his 31st homer of the season last night as the Marlins roughed up Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals, 9-7, in 10 innings.
- Adam Jones hit his 29th homer of the season last night as the Orioles failed in their attempt to gain full control of first place losing to the Yankees, 8-5.
These homers and Chase Headley hitting numbers 25 & 26, Prince Fielder, Jason Heyward, and A.J. Pierzynski each hitting their 25th of the season last night got the Billy-Ball.com newsroom wondering how many players this season will reach the 30 homer threshold?
So far, we have 11 already at 30 homers and another 20 within striking distance:
How does this compare with past seasons?
Even if all 31 batters end up with 30+ homers, it will do no better than tie for eighth on the all-time list of most 30+ homer hitters in a season.
Here are the top 10 seasons in which there have been at least 30 30+ homer hitters:
And if all the batters who have at least 26 at this point reach the 30 mark, that would bring the total to 24, tying the number who did it last season, the second fewest since 2000.