Deane: 2019 numbers and musings

From SABR member Bill Deane at WordPress on August 27, 2019:

Some random numerical observations about the 2019 MLB season so far:

The 2018 Yankees set an all-time record with 267 home runs, but that mark is about to be shattered, maybe before Labor Day. Through Sunday, August 25, the Twins had 253 in 130 games, already sixth-most in history. They are on a pace for a staggering 315 homers, or 35 per position in the batting order. Three other teams are on pace to top the 2018 Yankees’ total – including the 2019 Yankees. Before this year, only 179 teams in the 143-year history of major league baseball had hit 200 homers in a season. In 2019, 11 clubs have already reached that milestone, and 13 others are on pace – which would make 24 teams out of 30 hitting 200+ home runs!

Through Sunday, the Dodgers led the NL West with an 86-46 record, twenty games ahead of the second-place Giants (65-65). Everybody says that the Dodgers are 40 games over .500. My question: how can they be 40 games over .500, if they are only 20 games ahead of a .500 team?

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Originally published: August 27, 2019. Last Updated: August 27, 2019.