Scooter Changes Name to Slugger
Scooter Gennett, Cincinnati: June 6 vs. St. Louis
Became the 17th player to hit four home runs in a game. In the process, he drove in 10 runs to tie a club record. He also became the first player in major league history with five hits, four homers and 10 R.B.I. in a single game.
3 Homers in a Game, Divided by 4
Yoenis Cespedes, Mets: April 11 at Philadelphia
Matt Kemp, Atlanta: April 29 at Milwaukee
Eddie Rosario, Minnesota: June 13 vs. Seattle
Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers: June 20 vs. Mets
Rendon the Wrecking Ball
Anthony Rendon, Washington: April 30 vs. Mets
Went 6 for 6 with three home runs and 10 runs batted in, setting a Nationals record for most R.B.I. in a game. Rendon joined Walker Cooper, who did it for Cincinnati in 1949, as the only players with six hits and 10 R.B.I. in a game.
Leading Off, Part 1
Mookie Betts, Boston: July 2 at Toronto
Tied major league record with eight runs batted in from the leadoff spot. Betts joined Ronnie Belliard (Colorado Rockies, 2003), Jim Northrup (Detroit Tigers, 1973), Bill Glynn (Cleveland Indians, 1954) and Augie Bergamo (St. Louis Cardinals, 1945) in sharing the mark.
Leading Off, Part 2
George Springer, Houston
Has hit nine home runs this season while leading off a game. Alfonso Soriano holds the record with 13 (2003 Yankees).
Ryan Zimmerman, Washington
Last season, he hit a career-low .218 with 15 home runs and 46 R.B.I. in 115 games. This year, he is hitting .334 with 19 homers and 62 R.B.I. in 78 games.
Single, Double, Triple, Homer: The Cycle Crowd
Wil Myers, San Diego: April 10 at Colorado
Trea Turner, Washington: April 25 at Colorado
Carlos Gomez, Texas: April 29 vs. Los Angeles Angels
Nolan Arenado, Colorado: June 18 vs. San Francisco
Are You Sure They’re Rookies?
Aaron Judge of the Yankees, Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Trey Mancini of Baltimore all slugged their way into the record book. Judge became just the third Yankee to hit 12 homers in the team’s first 25 games, joining Babe Ruth (12 in 1921) and Alex Rodriguez (14 in 2007). His 30th home run, on Friday, broke Joe DiMaggio’s franchise record for rookies. Bellinger reached 22 home runs faster than any player in history, doing so in his 52nd game. And Mancini tied the rookie home run record with seven home runs in his first 12 major league games.
And Don’t Forget These Rookies
Oakland’s Matt Olson, Jaycob Brugman and Franklin Barreto hit their first career home runs in the same game (June 24, at Chicago White Sox). They became the first set of three teammates to accomplish that feat in over 100 years.
A Long Journey to First Base
Gift Ngoepe, Pittsburgh: April 26 vs. Chicago Cubs
Became first African-born player to reach the majors, and he singled in his first at-bat.
Strikeouts Inc., Boston Division
Chris Sale, Boston
Reached double-digit strikeouts in eight consecutive games, matching a record he already shared with Pedro Martinez. Sale also accomplished the feat pitching for the Chicago White Sox in 2015. Martinez did it with Boston in 1999.
A Big Splash, A Bad Spill
Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco
Became the first pitcher to hit two home runs on opening day. He was also placed on the disabled list for the first time in his major league career after a dirt-bike accident on April 20 (in Colorado on a day off) sent him to a hospital with bruised ribs and a sprained joint in his pitching shoulder. Bumgarner is 0-3 with a 3.00 E.R.A. in four 2017 starts. He could rejoin the Giants in mid-July.
Strikeouts Inc., Cleveland Division
Corey Kluber, Cleveland
Broke franchise record held by the Hall of Famer Bob Feller with five consecutive games with double-digit strikeouts. Kluber struck out 56 and walked five in those starts.
Time to Reinvent Rick
Rick Porcello, Boston
Last season’s American League Cy Young Award winner, when he went 22-4 with a 3.15 earned run average, he has gone in the opposite direction this year, with a 4-10 record and a 5.01 E.R.A.
A Long Journey to the Mound
Pitcher Austin Bibens-Dirkx was drafted by Seattle in 2006 but did not reach the majors until he made his debut with Texas on May 17 (at age 32). His first victory came on June 6 against the Mets.
And The Milestones
600 Home Runs
Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels: June 3 vs. Minnesota
450 Home Runs
Miguel Cabrera, Detroit: May 2 vs. Cleveland
Adrian Beltre, Texas: June 27 at Cleveland
Matt Holliday, Yankees: April 8 at Baltimore
Jose Reyes, Mets: May 20 vs. Los Angeles Angels
Victor Martinez, Detroit: July 7 at Cleveland
Adrian Beltre, Texas: July 4 vs. Boston
Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers: June 2 at Milwaukee
Max Scherzer, Washington: June 11 vs. Texas
James Shields, Chicago White Sox: June 24 vs. Oakland
Sources: MLB.com; Baseball-Reference.com. Statistics through Friday.