Thursday, May 30, 2013
Zimmerman, Davis lead DMV power surge
By ESPN Stats & Information
ESPN Stats & InformationSomething was in the air at Camden Yards on Wednesday as the DMV's (D.C./Maryland/Virginia) two MLB teams matched up. Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals and Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles combined for five home runs.
Chris Davis homered twice and Ryan Zimmerman homered three times on Wednesday.
Zimmerman, the first Nationals player with three homers in a game since Adam Dunn in 2010, had never faced Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman before hitting all three home runs against him. All three came off fastballs. Since 2009, Zimmerman has 59 home runs off fastballs, which ranks 11th in the National League during that span.
Two of Zimmerman’s three homers came on pitches well up in the zone. Since 2011, he's been a much better power hitter on pitches on the upper half. During that span, he has hit a home run on a pitch on the upper half twoce as often as he has on the lower half.
Zimmerman’s first homer (429 feet) was his longest of the season, his longest since a 437-footer on September 10 of last season against the Mets.
After hitting two home runs against the Nationals, Davis now has 19 homers this season, the most for an Orioles player through the team’s first 53 games of a season since Brady Anderson (20) in 1996.
Davis’s first homer came off a slider. Since 2012, he has 15 home runs off sliders, the most in MLB. That’s his most homers off any pitch other than a fastball during that span.
It doesn’t pay dividends to try to pitch away from Davis either. His second homer came on a pitch over the outer half. Since 2012, he ranks third in MLB in home run percentage (7.3%) and slugging percentage (.569) on those pitches.
Both of Davis’s homers came with two strikes. He has 22 home runs with two strikes over the last two seasons; no one has more.
Navarro accomplishes rare feat
Dioner Navarro homered three times for the Chicago Cubs against the Chicago White Sox. Navarro became the second catcher in MLB history to homer from each side of the plate in a three home run-game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Victor Martinez did it in 2004 against the Mariners as a member of the Indians.
Navarro is the third catcher in MLB history to go 3-for-3 with three homers and six RBI, joining Benito Santiago (for the Phillies in 1996) and Roy Campanella (for the Dodgers in 1950).