The Tigers have allowed more home runs than ever before. Here's the ugly breakdown
There have been more home runs hit in 2019 than any other season in the history of Major League Baseball, breaking the record that was a whopping two years old.
The ball — not juiced, says commissioner Rob Manfred; definitely juiced, says Justin Verlander — is one problem.
Tigers pitchers are another.
When Eloy Jimenez whacked a Matt Boyd offering deep into the left-field seats Sunday at Comerica Park, that marked the 242nd home run Tigers pitchers have allowed this season. That's a record, besting the forgettable 1996 squad.
And there still are seven games to go.
Here's a quick breakdown at the rather-unwelcome record:
►Of the 32 pitchers who have thrown at least one inning for the Tigers this season, 29 of them have allowed at least one home run. Boyd's allowed the most, a staggering 39, all the way down to one apiece for the likes of David McKay, Eduardo Jimenez, Bryan Garcia, Jose Fernandez and Brandon Dixon, who, you might know, isn't a pitcher.
►Zac Reininger has proven the most susceptible to the long ball, allowing 10 home runs in just 27 innings, for a home-run-per-nine-innings mark of 3.3.
►Twice, the Tigers have allowed six home runs in a game (both at Comerica Park; ain't that a peach, Nick Castellanos?) Amazingly, the Tigers won both games, 10-7 over the Twins on Aug. 31 and 12-11 over the Yankees on Sept. 10. Thirty times, the Tigers allowed three or home runs in a game, compared to 33 times when they allowed none.
►One man has taken the Tigers deep a lot, and we mean a lot, this season — Royals slugger Jorge Soler has 10 home runs in 19 games against Detroit, compared to 35 homers in 138 games against everybody else.
►Sixty-three players have hit multiple home runs against the Tigers this season, and 129 have homered against Detroit. The Twins' C.J. Cron is second to Soler with seven, followed by the Royals' Hunter Dozier with six. Ten players have homered four times, including, of course, the Twins' Nelson Cruz.
►Poor Leury Garcia of the White Sox. He's had 71 at-bats against the Tigers this season, and still hasn't homered.
►Of the 242 home runs, five have been walk-off shots, including the White Sox's Tim Anderson on April 26 off Joe Jimenez, the Mets' Toman Nido off Buck Farmer on May 25, the White Sox's Jose Abreu on July 3 off Nick Ramirez, the Rangers' Roughned Odor off Ramirez on Aug. 3 and the Royals' Ryan O'Hearn off Reininger on Sept. 3.
►Tigers pitchers have allowed an unbelievable 141 home runs at Comerica Park, almost two per game. That's the most they've ever allowed at home, by a wide margin.
►Interestingly, the Tigers haven't allowed any of the 50-longest home runs in 2019.
►Ex-Tiger James McCann, now with the White Sox, has 48 at-bats without a homer against Detroit, while another ex-Tiger, Leonys Martin, while with the Indians, hit three in just 23 at-bats.
►While the Tigers set a franchise record, they're nowhere near the major-league mark, which was set this season by the Orioles. They've allowed 294 this season, yet still should finish with a better record than Detroit, which then would get the No. 1 draft pick.
►Actually, five teams have allowed more homers than the Tigers this season, including the Rockies, Angels, Mariners and Phillies.
►While 27 different Tigers pitchers have allowed at least one of the 242 homers, on the offensive side, only 19 Tigers have hit home runs. They've hit just 145; only the Marlins have hit fewer this season.
►Some random facts: Six of the home runs hit off Tigers pitcher have been grand slams, 23 have been hit by the No. 9 hitter, and 137 have been solo shots. The Twins have hit 34 home runs off the Tigers, most of any team, followed by the Indians and Royals, both at 29.
►The oldest players to homer against the Tigers this season were Cruz and the Angels' Albert Pujols, both 39. (Pujols is seven months older, with a January birthday.) The youngest: the Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the Nationals' Juan Soto, both 20.
►The retail cost of the 242 baseballs that have gone into the seats: $1,452.
►The Angels' Justin Bour had one at-bat against the Tigers this season and, yep, you guessed it, he hit a home run.
►Rookies have accounted for 27 of the home runs, with the White Sox's Jimenez and Ryan Cordell and the Indians' Oscar Mercado with four apiece.
►Boyd's 39 home runs allowed rank third all-time in Tigers history, behind only Denny McLain's 42 in 1966 and Jack Morris' 40 in 1986 (he's tied with Morris from 1987). Boyd has one more start this season. He's passed Mickey Lolich for most homers allowed by a left-hander. Lolich gave up 39 in 1974.
►This is the fifth time the Tigers have allowed more than 200 home runs, including each of the last three seasons. They also topped 200 in 1999. That's a far cry from way back in 1907, when they allowed eight home runs.
►As for that 1996 Tigers pitching staff, which finished with an ERA of 6.38 (this year's is 5.27), 27 different pitchers gave up at least one home run, with Felipe Lira leading the way with 30, Greg Gohr with 24 and Brian Williams with 21. Interestingly, only 130 of those homers were hit at hitter-friendly Tiger Stadium.