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.
The Astros rallied late to keep their winning streak alive, extending it to 11 games with a 7-4 victory over the Royals on Sunday afternoon. The club is now 48-25, leading the Mariners by a full game in the AL West.
The Royals took a 4-2 lead after three innings, but Brian McCann knocked in a run with a single in the top of the fourth to cut the deficit to one run. Carlos Correa hit a game-tying solo home run in the eighth. The Astros kept their foot on the gas, scoring two more runs on RBI singles from Evan Gattis and Marwin Gonzalez in the top of the eighth and another in the top of the ninth on Correa’s sacrifice fly.
Starter Lance McCullers allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over six innings. Tony Sipp worked a scoreless seventh. Ken Giles did the same in the eighth. Hector Rondon finished off the win in the ninth, working around a one-out walk with a game-ending double play.
After winning all 10 games on their road trip against the Rangers, Athletics, and Royals, the Astros will head home for a nine-game homestand against the Rays, Royals, and Blue Jays. Each club is below .500.