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Entries in Mike Stanton (3)


2011's Big Bombers

While run-scoring was down for a sixth straight season in 2011 (from 4.86 runs per team during the go-go days of 2006 to 4.28), hitters still went deep a combined 4,552 times. On average, those homers traveled 395 feet from home plate to the cheap seats. But some batters blew past that average, routinely hitting tape-measure shots. Here's a look at the hitters with the highest average home run distance in 2011 (minimum 10 HR):


A few observations:

- Brent Morel (76 OPS+), Adam Dunn (56 OPS+) and Gordon Beckham (72 OPS+) had miserable offensive years for the White Sox, but apparently they tried to make up for all those outs by knocking the balls they did connect on clear out of Chicago. Alas, those bombs still only count once on the score board.

- Mike Stanton's moon shots at the Miami Marlins' new stadium will activate this beaming fishy Ferris Wheel. In spite of this, Marlins fans will still root for Stanton to go yard.

- All together, Matt Kemp's homers traveled just short of 3.1 miles. He could cover those 3.1 miles with a straight line of $100 bills and still have about $156.8 million left on his new eight-year, $160 million contract extension. This is a random, nerdy way of saying it pays to have Herculean power.


Stanton Killing Them Softly

Mike Stanton launched a home run in his fourth consecutive game last night, giving him 29 for the season and putting him just one behind Albert Pujols for the National League lead. While Stanton creamed an Aaron Cook sinker into the Coors Field stands last night, he has hit for even more power this year than during his rookie season by killing the soft stuff.

Stanton's 13 homers this year against "soft" pitches (breaking balls and changeups) ties Jose Bautista for the second-most in baseball (Carlos Gonzalez and Nelson Cruz both have 14). Stanon misses often on breaking and off-speed stuff -- his 45 percent miss rate places him in the same company as Miguel Olivo, Adam Dunn and Russell Branyan -- but he's pummeling pitches that he does connect on:

Stanton's in-play slugging percentage by pitch location vs. breaking balls and changeups

Overall, he's slugging .534 versus soft stuff, up from .452 in 2010 (.361 league average).

Stanton's 29 bombs tie him with Joe DiMaggio and Frank Robinson for tenth-most among hitters during their age-21 season, according to Baseball-Reference. While he'd have to go on an absolute tear to reach Eddie Matthews' all-time best of 47 homers, Stanton stands a good chance of passing the likes of Jimmie Foxx (33), Miguel Cabrera (33) and Pujols (37) to move into second place. I shudder to think what this guy's peak will look like.


Mike Napoli's Month

Mike Napoli (TEX) has been the most productive hitter in the last month of baseball.  His .567 wOBA since July 6th leads the majors and is 85 points better Hideki Matsui (OAK) in second place on the list.

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Over that span, Napoli has drilled 8 home runs and 7 doubles, while walking 8 times in 80 PA.  His 11.1% HR rate also leads all players since July 6th.  His HR/FB rate of 29.6% is third behind only Marlins' Mike Stanton (39.1%) and Rays' Ben Zobrist (30.0%).