Wednesday by Comparsion: Power in the Pinch

Team HR
Dodgers 7
Brewers 7
Braves 6
Cubs 6
Reds 6
Rockies 6
Marlins 6
Mets 6
Giants 6
Phillies 5
Cardinals 5
D-backs 4
Nationals 4
Padres 3
Pirates 2

Ryan McMahon has had limited time in the big leagues, but his game-tying, pinch-hit home run that set the stage for the Rockies to rally for a 6-2 victory against the Giants at Coors Field Tuesday night was his team-high second of the season.

It was the sixth pinch-hit home run of the season for the Rockies, which ranks second in the NL. 

In the Rockies previous 25 years of existence, they have had a pinch-hitter hit more than two home runs in a season only 10 times. Mark Sweeney had a franchise-record five pinch-hit home runs in 2004.

John Vander Wal is the only Rockies pinch-hitter to have had multiple seasons of more than three pinch-hit home runs. Vander Wal delivered four in 1995, helping the Rockies become the first wild-card in MLB history. He also had three in 1996 and 1998

Going Deep in the Pinch

2018 Player HR All-Time Season HR
Ryan McMahon 2 Mark Sweeney 2004 Col 5
David Dahl 1 Angel Echevarria 1999 Col 4
Matt Holliday 1 Howard Johnson 1994 Col 4
Tom Murphy 1 Greg Norton 2003 Col 4
Raimel Tapia 1 Ryan Raburn 2016 Col 4
Pat Valaika 2017 Col 4
John Vander Wal 1995 Col 4
Greg Norton 2001 Col 3
John Vander Wal 1998 Col 3
John Vander Wal 1996 Col 3

The Rockies are in first place in the NL West,. a half game ahead of the Dodgers, and if they were in the wild-card standings, that would be a half-game back of the Carindals for the second wild-card spot, and two games behind the Brewers for the No. 1 slot.

Where They Stand

Team W L Pct eam W L Pct
Rockies 76 62 .551 Brewers 79 61 .564
Dodgers 76 63 .547 Cardinals 77 62 .554
D-backs 75 64 .540 Rockies 76 62 .551
Giants 68 72 .486 Dodgers 76 63 .547
Padres 55 86 .390 D-backs 75 64 .540
Phillies 73 65 .529

The Rockies 76-62 record is the second best in franchise history at the 138-game mark.  It is one of only eight times in 26 years the Rockies have been above .500 this late in a season.

Year W L W-L% RS RA Rdiff Twl Rank Postseason
2009 78 60 .565 696 608 88 92-70 2 Wildcard
2018 76 62 .551 650 660 -10 TBD TBD TBD
1995 74 64 .536 744 739 5 77-67 2 Wildcard
2017 74 64 .536 702 662 40 87-75 3 Wildcard
2010 74 64 .536 649 599 50 83-79 3
2007 72 66 .522 703 656 47 90-73 2 NL Pennant
2000 71 67 .514 834 751 83 82-80 4
1996 70 68 .507 831 838 -7 83-79 3

 


 

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