Each month, ESPN Stats & Information's Home Run Tracker team takes a look at the most notable long ball accomplishments in the major leagues.
Here's our take on the best of August.
Hitter(s) of the month: The Mets
The New York Mets hit 45 home runs in August, a franchise record for one month. The last time the Mets hit as many as 40 home runs in one month was June 2006 (they hit 40 that month). Of the Mets’ 45 home runs, 29 came on the road, which was more than 15 major league teams had hit in the entire month.
The Mets hit eight home runs in their 16-7 win against the Phillies on Aug. 24, the second time this season a team has hit that many (the Orioles hit eight, also against the Phillies, on June 16). The Mets’ eight home runs racked up a distance of 3,235 feet, the greatest cumulative distance in one game since ESPN started tracking home runs in 2009.
Longest home run of the month: Paul Goldschmidt
Goldschmidt’s 482-foot home run off John Lackey on Aug. 26 is the longest home run a Diamondbacks player has hit since ESPN started tracking home runs in 2009.
There were seven home runs in August, including Goldschmidt’s 482-foot shot, that were calculated at 470 feet or longer. In the previous four months, eight home runs had traveled such a distance.
Since ESPN started tracking home runs, the most 470-foot home runs in one month before August was June 2015, when there were four.
Shortest home run of the month: Curt Casali
Casali’s 333-foot home run off Neal Cotts on Aug. 25 was the shortest home run of the month. Under normal conditions, the ball would have been a home run in three of the 30 major league parks.
Other notable figures from August
Fastest speed off bat: Lawrie’s 476-foot home run on Aug. 28 had a speed off the bat of 116.5 mph -- the fastest speed off the bat by an Athletics player since ESPN started tracking home runs.
Longest average distance: Ryan Zimmerman had the longest average home run distance in August -- by about 2½ inches. Zimmerman’s average home run traveled 421.0 feet, edging Ian Desmond and Adrian Beltre, both of whom had an average of 420.8 feet on their home runs.
Zimmerman’s longest home run of the month was calculated at 440 feet, his longest since Aug. 3, 2010, when he hit a 446-footer.
Most impact from wind: Carlos Gonzalez hit a 368-foot home run off Jordan Zimmermann on Aug. 18 that was aided 47 feet by the wind. Gonzalez’s home run ranks fourth this season in the amount of wind-aided distance.
An explanation on how the wind affects home run balls: When the wind blows in, the air resistance or drag force the ball experiences is increased, and the ball's carry is reduced. When the wind blows out, the air resistance is reduced, and the ball carries farther. Cross winds that push the ball toward the foul lines might make a home run more likely because the fences are shorter closer to the foul lines; the opposite is true of cross winds that push the ball toward the center of the field.