This article is part of our Collette Calls series.
Balls are flying out of yards all over the country early in the season. Opening Day saw the league tie a record with 46 home runs, and as I write this, the league hit 48 home runs on April 9, including a walk-off shot by known power hitter Jarrod Dyson off elite closer Jose Leclerc.
Simply put, something is up with the baseball again, and we do not need to withhold judgement on this. Buckle your seatbelts, because it is going to be a record-setting year for home runs.
Just over a full calendar year ago, I wrote an installment of this column citing that power was down after a three-year upswing and we should adjust our expectations accordingly. Rather than copy and paste the entire section, I will let you go back and read the piece, but I do want to bring forward a table from that piece:
That table shows that the early numbers for home runs per plate appearance have held up very well. I have updated that chart below to show where 2018 ended up and what kind of start we are off to in 2019: