The Seattle Mariners lead all of Major League Baseball in home runs. The Mariners hit three more on Friday, June 10 against the Texas Rangers, raising that total to 92 on the season. Dae-Ho Lee hit two homers in the game, raising his personal total to 10 on the season. Kyle Seager added another in the fourth inning, bumping his total up to 11 home runs so far.
Through 61 games this season, Mariners hitters have combined for 92 home runs and 300 RBIs. The Mariners trail only the Boston Red Sox for the most runs scored in the American League, a stat that has helped the team move into a playoff spot. There are still 102 games left to play, though, so the offense will need to keep performing to get the Mariners back to the playoffs for the first time since 2001.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Robinson Cano leads the Seattle Mariners with 18 home runs and 50 RBIs (already) during the 2016 MLB season. Cano is on pace to post the best numbers of his MLB career, possibly surpassing 40 home runs and 120 RBIs if he can continue to perform through the summer months. It has him in the early discussions for the AL MVP Award, but he also isn’t the only player putting up nice numbers for the Mariners.
For the first time in a while, the Mariners already have four players with 10 or more home runs before mid-June. In addition to the 18 for Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz has 15, Kyle Seager has 11, and Dae-Ho Lee has 10 home runs. Leonys Martin has nine, Adam Lind has seven, and Seth Smith and Chris Iannetta have six home runs apiece so far. Franklin Gutierrez even has five home runs while serving as a utility outfielder for the team.
With 92 home runs through the first 61 games, the Seattle Mariners are on pace to hit 244 home runs for the 2016 MLB season. For fans of the home run, that would still be 20 short of the record that was set in the 1997 MLB season. That record of 264 home runs in a season is still held by the Seattle Mariners. Led by Ken Griffey Jr., Jay Buhner, and Edgar Martinez, the team set the standard on its way to the AL Playoffs.
Safeco Field is leading the way this year as well, as the ballpark has seen more home runs than any other American League stadium. Through 31 games at Safeco Field, the teams have notched 91 home runs already. That’s a rate of 2.94 per game, counting what the Mariners and their opponents have done each day. Six more of those home runs took place between the Mariners and Rangers on June 10. The teams have two more games left to play over the weekend to extend that total.
The next closest park in the American League is Oriole Park at Camden Yards, where 88 home runs have been hit through 35 games. Yankee Stadium (New York Yankees) and Globe Life Park in Arlington (Texas Rangers) each has 86 home runs thus far. The stadium leading all of Major League Baseball is the Great American Ball Park (Cincinnati Reds), where 108 home runs have already been hit in the first 34 games played there this year.
Robinson Cano, Dae-Ho Lee, Nelson Cruz, and Kyle Seager will be back on the field as the Mariners play the Texas Rangers Saturday, June 11. Game time is 7:10 p.m. PT at Safeco Field. The Mariners will again try to take advantage of the long ball to decrease the three-game lead that the Rangers have in the American League West. Can the Seattle Mariners continue this barrage of home runs and lead all of baseball until the end of the 2016 MLB season?
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