Prado was the star of the contest, hitting a three-run double in the eighth inning to put the nail in the Cubs' coffin. Because of that hit, Prado was asked to be on the Marlins post-game interview. One of them was Jose Fernandez, who struck out 13 over seven innings during the game.
2,598 home runs have been hit already this season, putting the league on pace for over 5,500. The only two times the league has combined for 5,500 or more home runs in a season was in 2000 (5,693) and 1999 (5,528), per Baseball Almanac. This is also reflected in the per-game averages. The current average of 1.15 home runs per game is ahead of the 1999 pace (1.14) and behind 2000 (1.17). As for other trends, run scoring is at its highest level since 2009. Hitters are still striking out at unseen rates and the league batting average and on-base percentages aren’t noticeably different than in the past. The power trend sticks out like a sore thumb. While nine players last season hit 40-plus homers,