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Arizona Diamondbacks with 20 HR at the All-Star Break

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A much-needed few days off for the team. But let's take a look at one of the positives out of the first half.

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Jake Lamb became the third Arizona Diamondbacks hitter since 2004 to have reached twenty home-runs by the All-Star break. Goldie did in in 2013 and 2015, and Mark Reynolds did it in 2009 and 2010. Here is the full list of players to have managed the feat.

G Year PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Jake Lamb 86 2016 329 289 49 84 19 7 20 61 3 1 35 81 .291 .371 .612 .983
Paul Goldschmidt 87 2015 386 315 60 107 20 1 21 70 16 4 68 75 .340 .455 .610 1.064
Paul Goldschmidt 94 2013 406 352 60 110 23 0 21 77 9 2 49 82 .313 .395 .557 .952
Mark Reynolds 84 2010 351 294 49 63 14 1 20 56 5 2 44 122 .214 .328 .473 .800
Mark Reynolds 87 2009 372 325 55 84 17 1 24 62 15 6 44 123 .258 .349 .538 .888
Steve Finley 88 2004 391 345 56 99 14 1 21 45 7 3 35 44 .287 .348 .516 .864
Luis Gonzalez 87 2001 388 330 75 117 16 4 35 86 1 1 46 48 .355 .443 .745 1.189
Steve Finley 87 2000 366 313 65 94 17 1 25 70 6 3 38 45 .300 .379 .601 .980
Jay Bell 85 1999 392 343 77 98 20 2 24 65 5 3 42 76 .286 .365 .566 .931
Matt Williams 88 1999 386 358 64 114 23 1 23 82 2 0 22 53 .318 .355 .581 .936

Notes

  • Lamb did it in fewer PAs than anyone else
  • I'd forgotten how freaking amazing Goldschmidt's first half was last season: .340/.455/.610? Damn.
  • He and Lamb are the only qualifying D-backs to be slugging over .600 at the break since Gonzo in 2001. [Chad Tracy and Tony Clark did in 2005, but in 266 and 184 PA respectively]
  • Special K's 2010 was insane. How can you reach 20 homers while batting .214? Answer: when you have only 28 singles. [Sidenote: in 2001, Mark McGwire had 21 home-runs at the break, while hitting .190. He had twelve non-homer hits to that point]
  • The only two hitters to have reached 20 home-runs in the second half of the season [which is typically shorter] are Gonzalez in 2001 and Reynolds in 2009.
  • Quite surprised to see Finley on the list, not once but twice. We remember his Gold Glove defense, but perhaps forget how good a hitter he was as well.