Home runs are on the rise this year, and as a result, we have our first 40 home run hitter before the calendar even gets a chance to flip over to September.
Baltimore Orioles outfielder Mark Trumbo swatted his MLB leading 40th home run Sunday afternoon, in his team’s 130th game of the year. New York Yankees rookie Ben Heller , who came over in the Andrew Miller trade, served it up. Here’s the video:
At this point every home run Trumbo hits is a new career high — his previous career high was 34 back in 2013 — and he has a good chance to threaten 50 before the end of the season. Forty homers in 130 games projects out to 49.8 homers across 162 games.
Toronto Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion is second in baseball with 35 home runs on the season. Chicago Cubs wunderkind Kris Bryant and Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado are tied for third with 35 apiece.
There’s a pretty good chance the MLB home run leader will be an Oriole for the fourth consecutive season. Here’s the list:
2013: Chris Davis — 53 homers
2014: Nelson Cruz — 40 homers
2015: Chris Davis — 47 homers
2016: Mark Trumbo — 40 homers and counting
The last team to have the MLB home run leader four straight seasons is the New York Yankees , who did it nine straight years from 1923-31. Babe Ruth had a big hand in that.
Source: CBS Sports / WATCH: Mark Trumbo becomes first to hit 40 home runs in 2016