The current top-three on the home run leaderboard is not what anyone predicted going into the 2017 season. Aaron Judge leads the way with 23 followed by Logan Morrison at 21 and Eric Thames at 20. No one else has crossed the 20-homer plateau yet.
Morrison may be the most surprising member of that list. He homered twice more on Sunday against the Tigers, bringing him from 19 to 21 on the season. He’s just two shy of matching his career high of 23 home runs in one season, and we still have 90 games left.
Along with the 21 dingers, Morrison has scored 40 runs, knocked in 47 runs, and compiled a .245/.353/.572 triple-slash line in 272 plate appearances. Not bad from a guy the Rays signed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract back in February.
Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado completed the cycle with a walk-off three-run home run against Giants closer Mark Melancon, giving his team a 7-5 victory on Sunday afternoon at Coors Field.
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Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado completed the cycle in the most dramatic of ways: with a walk-off three-run home run, giving his team a 7-5 victory over the Giants on Sunday afternoon.
Arenado tripled but was stranded in the bottom of the first inning against starter Ty Blach. He singled to lead off the fourth and was stranded. He then ripped an RBI double off of Blach in the sixth to cut the Rockies’ deficit to 2-1 at the time. He struck out in the seventh against George Kontos, but redeemed himself in the ninth with a walk-off three-run home run against Mark Melancon, turning a 5-4 deficit into a 7-5 win.
Arenado is the eighth Rockie to hit for the cycle and the first since Michael Cuddyer accomplished the feat on August 17, 2014 against the Reds. Prior to Sunday, the last time the Giants gave up a cycle was to the Diamondbacks’ Kelly Johnson on July 23, 2010.
After Sunday’s performance, Arenado is hitting .299/.352/.573 with 15 home runs, 55 RBI, and 47 runs scored in 310 plate appearances. He’s currently holding a slight lead for the WAR lead among third basemen at 2.7, just ahead of Anthony Rendon (2.6) and Kris Bryant (2.4), according to FanGraphs.