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,
Nationals pitching prospect Lucas Giolito will be called up from Double-A Harrisburg to make his major league debut on Tuesday against the Mets, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports. The Nationals recently placed Stephen Strasburg on the disabled list, so the club was in need of another starter. Giolito, 21, is not only considered to be the Nationals’ best prospect, but the best prospect in baseball according to MLB Pipeline. With Harrisburg, the right-hander posted a 3.17 ERA and a 72/34 K/BB ratio in 71 innings spanning 14 starts. Giolito will oppose the Mets’ Matt Harvey in the second game of a three-game series tomorrow.