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MLB stats of the week ending June 21

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Here’s our weekly look at 10 mind-blowing notes from the last week in baseball (June 15-21).

Braves hit long homers: The Braves have hit 16 450-plus-foot homers this year, including a 456-footer from Matt Olson last Thursday, 474 feet from Travis d’Arnaud on Friday and 453 feet from Michael Harris II on Sunday. No other team has more than six (Rockies/Angels). It’s tied for the third-most such home runs by a team in a single season under Statcast (2015), with the 2018 Rockies, behind only the 2021 Rockies (19) and ‘16 Rockies (17).

Grand milestones: Chris Taylor hit his 100th career homer last Thursday – a game-tying grand slam in the sixth inning. He’s the first player with a grand slam for both his first and 100th career home runs. He’s the 25th with a grand slam for his 100th and one of 211 with a grand slam for his first. But he’s the only one on both lists.

Acuña with a record: On Friday, Ronald Acuña Jr. stole his 30th base of the season, to go along with 15 homers he already had. He reached those marks at a record pace. He became the first player with at least 15 home runs and at least 30 stolen bases in his team’s first 70 games of a season since at least 1900.

Racking up K’s: Lance Lynn had quite the performance on Sunday, striking out 16 batters. That tied Jack Harshman on July 25, 1954, for the most in a game in White Sox franchise history. He generated 33 swings and misses, tied for fourth-most in a game in the pitch-tracking era (2008, including the postseason), behind only Jacob deGrom (9/6/20: 35), Danny Duffy (8/1/16: 35) and Clayton Kershaw (9/2/15: 35).

40-40: Julio Rodríguez notched his 40th career stolen base on Sunday in that same game against the White Sox, and he’d already reached 40 career homers. It was just his 200th career game, marking the second-fewest to reach at least 40 homers and 40 stolen bases in AL/NL history. Only Fernando Tatis Jr. got there in fewer games, at 185.

For five: Luis Arraez had five-hit games on Friday and Monday, and had already recorded another such game in June. He’s just the fourth player with three five-hit games in a calendar month since 1900, joining 1984 Dave Winfield in June, 1922 Ty Cobb in July and 1921 George Sisler in August. The only players with more than three five-hit games in a season in that span are 2004 Ichiro Suzuki, 1993 Tony Gwynn, 1948 Stan Musial and 1922 Cobb, with four each.

The Sho never stops: Last year, Shohei Ohtani became the first player to finish top 15 in MLB in both homers hit and pitching strikeouts in a season since the mound was moved to its current distance in 1893 (pending the inclusion of Negro Leagues stats). Through his Wednesday start, he’s currently top three in MLB in each: first in home runs, third in batters struck out. Ohtani is also the first player to have a share of the MLB lead in homers hit and batting average allowed (min 70 IP) at the end of any given day since 1900, per the Elias Sports Bureau – and it’s been true for multiple days now.

Giant comebacks: The Giants put together a handful of comebacks en route to a 10-game win streak, their longest since 2004, before a loss Thursday. They now have six comeback wins when trailing by at least three runs this season, surpassing their total from 2022. And they have 12 comeback wins when trailing by multiple runs this season, matching their total from 2022.

Valuable rookie: Corbin Carroll is second in the NL in OPS entering the weekend at .955, close behind only Freddie Freeman at .961. Only one rookie has led his league in OPS since 1900: Fred Lynn in 1975, when he became the first player to win Rookie of the Year and MVP in the same season.

Streaking: The energized Reds enter the weekend having won 11 straight games. Their 11-game win streak is tied for the fifth-longest in franchise history, behind only 1899 (14 games), 1890 (13), 1957 (12) and 1939 (12), per Elias. They’re the second team to win at least 11 straight in a season after losing at least 100 games, joining the 1890 Louisville Colonels, who had both an 11- and 12-game streak, also per Elias.

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