The 2012 baseball season may not be remembered for any record-setting home run totals, but there have been some fascinating occurrences as teams battle for postseason berths.
Adam Dunn of the Chicago White Sox is having a tremendous bounce-back year with a major-league best 31 home runs. Tied at 29 homers are Ryan Braun of the Brewers, Edgar Encarnacion of Toronto, Curtis Granderson of the Yankees and Josh Hamilton of the Rangers.
Andrew McCutcheon of the Pirates has an astounding slugging percentage of .627, followed by David Ortiz of the Red Sox at .609 and Joey Votto of the Reds at .604.
With the added wildcard teams in both leagues this year, interest is certain to spread to more cities whose fans feel their teams have a legitimate chance until the end.
In the American League, an interesting power statistic reveals that Chicago White Sox veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski, not known for his home run hitting, had slugged five in five games through the weekend of August 6. The Rangers’ Mike Napoli hit six homers in five straight games earlier in the season. That represents the longest such streak this season in the majors, according to Baseball- Reference.com.
And speaking of the aspiring wildcard teams, entering this week, the following American League clubs were in the hunt: Oakland, Detroit, Angels, Baltimore, Tampa Bay, Boston, Toronto, Seattle and Cleveland.
In the National League: Atlanta, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Los Angeles and Arizona were all within 6 ½ games in the wildcard chase.