Since the Redbirds managed a mere one run today versus the great Santana, which, fittingly, came from a solo homer, I thought that it would be a good time to revisit just how many of the Cardinal homers were solo blasts and to see whether or not we had started whacking more mutli-run long balls over the outfield walls of ballparks across this great nation.
You may or may not recall that, back in May, the Cardinals were hitting a disproportionate amount of solo home runs when compared to the league average. Back then, the league average was 57.43% (in '07 it was 56.72%, in '06 the league share was 57.35%, and in '05 it was 56.64%). In May, the Cards had the second-highest Solo HR % in Major League Baseball at 72.09%, which trailed only the Giants.
Here are the numbers through yesterday.
MLB Solo HR %: 56.98% (down 0.45% from May)
St. Louis Solo HR %: 63.39% (Down nearly 8.7% from May)
Since May, the Cards have belted 69 dingers, with 40 of them being of the solo variety, or, 57.97%, which is still higher than the League hit over that same period. Taking all home runs hit in the Majors through yesterday, 56.67% were solo. Because the Cardinals have started hitting home runs more in line with what would expect, they fell from 2nd in this ranking to 4th, behind the Dodgers (67.12%), Orioles (66.35%), and Giants (63.93%). Hopefully, more multi-run homers are on the horizon and we lower our Solo HR % even more as the home stretch heats up.