Here’s one reason: There’s a long way to go in the 2017 season. Plenty of time for natural regression, slumps, injuries and fatigue.
Here’s another reason: Big-league history tells us that a rookie hitting 50 homers is pretty rare. So rare, in fact, that it’s never happened.
So, let’s not fall victim to “just double it”-itis and multiply first-half stats to arrive at our second-half hopes. No doubt, it’s been fun to watch. But let’s not get carried away.
No, there’s never been a rookie to mash 50 homers. Not even in the homer-happy Steroid Era, or in previous iterations of the Juiced Ball?. Only one guy has even come close, and Cheap Mountain Bike Jerseys even he struggled to reach that precipice. That’s not to say it defintely won’t happen (because baseball is cool and weird), only that the game’s history tells us that the odds are long, no matter how great things look early on. Not impossible, just improbable.
Entering play Monday, Judge is on pace for 58 homers. That would smash the current record for rookies — 49 — set by Mark McGwire in 1987. Bellinger, who hit two dingers Sunday, is up to 24 and on pace for 50, which would also best McGwire’s mark. But we only need to look to McGwire’s 1987 season for perspective on why his record is probably safe for now.
So what changed to cause the bullpen to become Cheap NFL Jerseys China so drastically ineffective recently? And what have the Yankee relievers done to battle the mental aspects of their collective slump?
Baseball players are creatures of routine and habit. But when players aren’t getting their desired or intended results based off their usual routine, it’s natural for that routine to come into question.
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results,” lefty reliever Chasen Shreve said. “You can throw the same pitch 10 times and 10 different results can happen. So it’s frustrating when you struggle, and then you can also throw a pitch down the middle and a guy swings through it.”