The 2018 New York Yankees have a very talented and loaded roster from the top to bottom of their starting lineup. Coming into the 2018 campaign, you got the sense that this ball club had world series aspirations. Especially after acquiring Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins. Along with, being one game away from reaching the World Series in 2017.
Who holds the Home Run Single Season Record?
First of all, let’s dive into the history of who holds the single-season record for home runs. The 1997 Seattle Mariners are the current record holders. For over two decades, that mark has been 264, led by Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr., who had 56 homers that year followed by Jay Buhner who produced 40. Nine Mariners reached double-digit home runs that season. The other players included Paul Sorrento (31), Edgar Martinez (28), Alex Rodriguez (23), Russ Davis (20), Dan Wilson (15), Jose Cruz (12) and Joey Cora (11).
Looking at the Yankees starting unit, it's a great blend of power and contact.
We know what Stanton and Aaron Judge are capable of. Judge had a phenomenal rookie season hitting an MLB-rookie record of 52. Stanton, of course, led the league in 2017 with 59. Even if both fall short of last season’s numbers, they figure to cover a big chunk of the team’s total.
Next up, Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorius who have proven themselves capable of pushing 25-30 homers. Both are on pace for career highs after hitting 33 and 25 respectively last season.
Then there’s the unexpected source of power; the rookies. The 21-year-old rookie Gleyber Torres has 17 homers this season. Miguel Andujar the 23-year-old third baseman has 14 homers on the year.
According to ESPN, the rookies, Torres and Andujar are on pace to each have over 20 homers this season. If that were to happen, they would be the first pair of rookies to ever do that for the Yankees. The last organization to do that was the 2008 Reds, with Joey Votto and Jay Bruce.
Are the Yankees on pace to break the record?
Cut4 by Mlb.com shows us a chart as to where the Yankees were on June 19, 2018.
The Bronx Bombers finished the halfway point of the season with 161 homers in 95 games. The Mariners had 148 at the same point during their record-breaking season.
These Bronx bombers are missing a few bombers that got them to this point. Judge (26) the team leader in home runs is on the 10-day disabled list and may not return until at least the end of August. Sanchez is also on the 10-day disabled list and is not expected back until the end of August as well. Sanchez (14) is tied for fifth on the team in home runs.
Will they break the record?
The Yankees have only hit 16 homers since the all-star break and are now nine games back of their division rival the Boston Redsox. Although, injuries and a post-all-star break slump indicate better days are coming.
New York is currently on pace to hit 274 home runs this season, which would break the record of 264 homers.
If Judge and Sanchez are back for the start of September, it will be an exciting finish. The 18' Yankees will break the single-season home run record.