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Death, taxes, Orioles pitchers being taken deep

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To say the 2019 Baltimore Orioles’ pitching staff allowed dingers at a historic rate would be tragically shortchanging just how magnificently they mastered the art. They allowed 305 home runs, which just squeaked past the previous record of 258 by the ‘16 Reds. The level of ease with which batters got to pad their home run total vs. them is unlike anything I’ve ever seen, and it’s not even close. So they loved allowing homers, and I love numbers — here are my favorites, with some bullet points to provide a bit of perspective:

305 homers for the season

• No one else has ever given up more than 270 (done by this year’s Rockies)

• They broke the previous record in game 128.

They allowed 69 homers in April

• No one else had ever given up more than 57 homers in a calendar month (done in May 1964 by the A’s ... the ‘16 Reds didn’t allow more than 48 homers in a calendar month)

They allowed 170 home runs by the All-Star break

• A team allowing even 150 homers by the break has only ever happened once (154 by the ’16 Reds)

They allowed their 173rd home run in their 91st game

• In 2014, the Rockies’ 173 home runs allowed for the entire season were the most in the bigs

They allowed 5+ home runs in 7 of their first 50 games

• Only the ’99 Rockies (5) and ’01 Giants (4) have ever done so in more than three of their first 50 games

• No one but the ‘16 Reds has had an entire season allowing 5+ homers in more than 7 games

• These ’19 Orioles did so six times in April alone

• In all of MLB history entering this year, there were only 25 instances of a team allowing 5+ homers in back-to-back games. Then the Orioles did so twice in the first few weeks of 2019 (April 10-11 + April 26-27 before tacking on a third set that was extra special with a 3rd consecutive game on August 5-6-7)

They allowed 5+ home runs in 10 of their first 80 games

• Only the ‘99 Rockies (6) and ‘16 Reds (5) have ever done so in more than four of their first 80 games

• Not only has no one else ever had an entire season allowing 5+ homers in 10 games, only the ‘16 Reds have had a season doing so in more than 7 games

On the season, they’ve allowed 5+ homers in 19 games

• No one else has ever had a season with that many games allowing even 4+ homers

Between July 29th and August 10th, they allowed 5+ homers in 6 of their 11 games.

21 of MLB’s 30 teams have never had an entire season with 6 such games.

They were 131 games in and allowing 2 home runs/game

• No one else has ever allowed 2 home runs/game at any point deeper than 25 games into a season

They married the all-time worst starting rotation at surrendering home runs with by the all-time worst bullpen at surrendering home runs

• They allowed 179 homers from starters (breaking previous record of 169 done by the ’87 Angels)

• They broke the record for most homers allowed by a bullpen in game 116, and allowed 126 for the season (previous record was 103 done by the ’16 Reds)

And as a bonus last thing, the Yankees’ Gleyber Torres had a 29-at-bat stretch this season vs. the O’s in which he provided a souvenir to a fan in the outfield bleachers 10 times ... just edging out teammate Gary Sanchez, who had a 30-at-bat stretch this season vs. the O’s in which he provided 9 such gifts.