Sports Blue Jays, Yankees top list of MLB teams most reliant on home runs

21:12  19 june  2017
21:12  19 june  2017 Source:   Sporting News

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Going yard solves a problem in a hurry, but relying on homers isn't proving a sustainable way to win.

Nothing changes the fate of a baseball game quicker than a home run.

As with any MLB season, some teams rely more heavily on home runs than other clubs. Going yard solves a problem in a hurry, but is it a consistent and sustainable way to win? The results have been mixed thus far as select teams are hitting well-timed home runs and using that to their advantage.

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Which teams are the most dependent on the long ball this year? Some teams may surprise you; other clubs are exactly where you’d expect them to be on the list.

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Given how the New York Yankees lead all of baseball in home runs, you might think they’d be at the top of the list, but the team with that dubious honor is none other than the Toronto Blue Jays.

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Toronto tops Major League Baseball for percentage of runs created by home runs at 56 percent. At the opposite end of the spectrum, the San Francisco Giants only rely upon home runs for 28.3 percent of all their runs. The league average this season for offense generated by home runs is 42.4 percent.

The Blue Jays employ an “all or nothing” approach, which leads to home runs in bunches, but the club often experiences offensive dry spells. Despite their uncanny ability to hit for power, it hasn’t proven to be a sustainable winning formula for Toronto this season; it has yet to reach the .500 mark through 68 games.

Although the Yankees are baseball’s current home run kings, they’re a little less “feast or famine” than their division rivals in Toronto. The Yankees and Athletics sit second and third on the list as both clubs have cashed in a little more than half of their runs thanks to the long ball.

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The Yankees are expected to send 27-year old right hander Michael Pineda to the hill, while the Blue Jays will be starting 33-year old left hander J.A. Happ. This should be an exciting matchup that features two high powered lineups. Both clubs are among the top of the American League in home runs

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Four of the five AL East teams land within the top 10 (Toronto, New York, Baltimore and Tampa Bay), and given these ballparks are among the most home run-friendly in MLB, it doesn’t come as a surprise. These clubs also employ many of the biggest home run hitters in the league this season (Aaron Judge, Logan Morrison and Justin Smoak).

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Is counting on being bailed out by a home run a sound strategy? Probably not over the course of a 162-game season. Even if it’s a lineup littered with double-digit home run hitters, those batters are prone to cold stretches sooner or later. The 33-35 Blue Jays are living proof of that, as is the fact that four of the top five teams on the list are at or below .500.

If a team like the Blue Jays leans heavily upon home runs, it can’t just about-face and transform into a gap-to-gap team overnight. As Russell Martin told reporters recently, “It’s kind of our DNA; we’re built that way.”

For better or worse, teams like the Blue Jays, Athletics and Yankees continue to depend on home runs to generate the bulk of their offense.

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