The New York Yankees are living up to the alliterative nickname. The fellas from the Bronx are bombing in a lot of home runs.
A lot of home runs.
On Wednesday, Didi Gregorius and DJ LeMahieu both went yard, and because they did, the Yankees extended their streak of consecutive games with a home run to 29. 29! TWENTY-NINE!!!
That’s an MLB record, and then some, as the previous high was 27.
If you’d told me before the season that the Yankees would break this record, I wouldn’t have been particularly surprised. I obviously wouldn’t have bet on it - records happen for a reason, and there are a few of those reasons for why literally no team in MLB history has ever been able to do this - but I wouldn’t have been shocked.
In addition to the 2019 Yankees squad playing in the jet-fueled live ball era where home runs are more popular than electric scooters on a busy sidewalk, they employ Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton.
That dinger duo combined for 65 homers last season in a down year for both players.
The year before (when admittedly they were not teammates), Judge and Stanton collaborated for 111 home runs. That’s only 17 fewer than the entire San Francisco Giants squad that season.
So yeah. It made sense that this Yankees team could set some sort of home run-related record.
Except . . .
Stanton and Judge have both been injured for the bulk of the year. Stanton (who is injured again and out until August) played in just six of the 29 record-setting games; Judge has been back for only five of them. Each player hit just one home run during this torrid team stretch.
This is like saying the 2010 Giants would set an MLB record for pitching, but Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain would only make one start each.
The Yankees have accomplished a home run feat that no team has ever accomplished, and they did it without two of the best dinger mashers in the sport. It’s been a team effort, and folks like Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, and LeMahieu deserve all kinds of credit.
New York is already at 134 home runs on the year, a mark the Giants have hit only once since 2010. This article isn’t supposed to be about San Francisco, but I just can’t help myself. Sorry.
The Yankees are off until Saturday, so we’ll have to wait a while to see if they can continue a streak that began on May 25 - more than a month ago. I wouldn’t bet against it.