POWER BALL—Aided by the expanded playoffs, the Rays had hit 29
HRs this postseason, the most in a single
postseason in major league history, entering Game 4. Tampa Bay holds two of the top four spots for HRs in postseason history, as the
2008 Rays rank 4th all-time with 26…the Rays
have hit multiple homers in 10 of their
17 postseason games…the Rays have increased their HR/G from 1.33 in the regular season to 1.71 in the postseason, but their R/G has dropped from 4.82 to 4.00…67.6 pct. (46 of 68) of the
Rays runs this postseason have come on home runs, compared to 41.5 pct.
(120 of 289) in the regular season…this was 71.9 pct. entering the World
Series, the highest rate all-time ahead of the 1971 Pirates (58.3 pct.)…51.5
pct. (227 of 441) of all runs scored this postseason have come on home
runs…according to the Elias Sports Bureau, this would be the 3rd-highest
rate for a single postseason behind 1956 (53.4 pct.) and 1957 (52.1 pct.).
– Teams are 33-5 (.868) this postseason when they outhomer their opponent—but the Rays have won twice when outhomered and lost
twice when outhomering their opponent…the Rays are 6-2 when
they outhomer their opponent and 7-3 when hitting 2 HR (or more)
after going 20-2 and 20-4, respectively, in the regular season.
MOST HOME RUNS, TEAM,
Tampa Bay Rays, 2020 29
Houston Astros, 2017 27
San Francisco Giants, 2002 27
Tampa Bay Rays, 2008 26