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.
- 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.