This article is part of our Collette Calls series.
The season is winding down and owners in contention are hoping for some final pushes in the counting categories in the final month of the season. Let's look at what recent history tells us about each counting category so we can level set our expectations.
Albert Belle holds half the record for home runs in the final season when he cranked out 17 home runs in his final 28 games of the 1995 season. The other half belongs to some guy named George Ruth who did the same thing, in the same amount of games, in 1927. Last season, Trevor Story had the most home runs in the final month with 11, and only he, Luke Voit and Christian Yelich had as many as 10 home runs down the stretch.
The only active players to twice hit as many as 10 home runs in the final month of the season are:
It is indeed a rare unicorn, so much so that only 115 players have ever done so. Hank Greenberg and Harmon Killebrew did it five times in their career, but only 27 players have ever done it multiple times. This tells us to potentially look elsewhere for the source this year as Story, Voit and Yelich have the odds stacked against them for a repeat in 2019.