Mark McGwire

Playing the numbers game for the first half of the season

Playing the numbers game for the first half of the season

The first half of the MLB season brought a lot of surprises, from a record number of home runs to two teams on pace to win well over 100 games. Here is a by-the-numbers look at the first half:

57—Home runs New York Yankees rookie Aaron Judge (who has 30) is on pace to hit. That would surpass the rookie record of 49 set by Mark McGwire for the Oakland Athletics in 1989.

.500—Slugging percentage of the Houston Astros, the second team since 1990 with a slugging percentage of at least .500 at the All-Star break. The other was the 1996 Seattle Mariners (.503), who were led by Ken Griffey Jr., Alex Rodriguez and Jay Buhner.

3,343—Home runs hit before the All-Star game,...

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