There’s a joke that says ‘it’s trash that doesn’t burn.’ This means that even if you hit multiple singles, it does not reach the power of one home run. This can be seen as emphasizing the importance of home runs.
It is said that in baseball, it is easier to hit a single than a home run. It’s a given. Even Aaron Judge (31) of the New York Yankees, who broke the American League (AL) home run record with 62 home runs last year, had 87 singles, far more than home runs.
However, there is a player in Major League Baseball (MLB) this season who breaks this common sense. This is Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Kyle Schwarber (30).
As of today (the 5th), Schwarber has hit 96 hits in 614 at-bats, including 39 singles, 16 doubles, and 1 triple. However, there are as many as 40 home runs. He hit more home runs than singles.
In fact, Schwarber is a hitter with extreme contact ability. So there are a lot of strikeouts. After striking out 200 batters last year, he also walked away from the plate 175 times this year.
However, he has slugging power and a pioneering ability that more than offset these shortcomings. Schwarber won the National League (NL) home run title last year with 46 home runs. He also walked 86 batters.
This year is also similar. He ranks second in the NL in both home runs and walks (109).
Because of this, his batting record is also unique. Schwarber’s batting average this season is .193, which is less than .200, but his on-base percentage of .342 is a whopping .342 higher than his batting average. If he has a batting average of .100 or more, he is said to have a good batting average, but he is beyond good.온라인바카라
Moreover, since Schwarber has the best slugging ability in the league, his OPS, which combines his on-base percentage and slugging percentage, reaches 0.813. His batting average is in the 100% range, but his OPS is over 0.8, which is unreasonable.
If this trend continues, he may set a record of ‘100 batting average – 40 home runs’ for the first time in MLB. The most recent player to come close to this record was Joey Gallo (29) in 2021, who hit .199 with 38 home runs and an OPS of .809.