Long-time reader LynchMob noted the other day that the Padres seem to hit a lot of solo homers. In fact, 60.9% of their home runs this season have come with no runners on base. Although that is a lot, the Padres have done worse in years past. Here are the five highest percentages of homers that were solo shots in club history:
- 1974: 66.7%
- 1973: 66.1%
- 2005: 64.6%
- 1988: 62.8%
- 2007: 61.4%
MLB average during the Padres existence has fluctuated between 54.9% and 58.8%.
How about the flip side? Which Padres teams have the five lowest percentages of home runs (i.e., more home runs with men on base)? Here you go:
- 1983: 51.6%
- 1977: 50.0%
- 1989: 50.0%
- 1976: 48.4%
- 2000: 47.8%
It’s nice to see the teams from 1976 and 2000 do so well… because that’s pretty much the only thing they did well. Of course, the ’76 squad hit 62 homers all year, so who really cares whether anyone was on base?
Anyway, I don’t know how instructive all this stuff is, but I found it mildly interesting…