Stat of the Night: Corey Hart, Home Runs, and Some Odd Marks

Apr 25, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers right fielder Corey Hart (1) during the game against the Houston Astros at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE

With his home run tonight (his eleventh of the season), Corey Hart is on pace to hit 34 home runs in 2012. That would be the 21st time a Brewer hit 34 home runs in a season, and he would be the 12th Brewer to do it. However, Corey Hart would do it in a unique way.

First of all, in addition to the 34 home runs he is on pace for, he is also on pace for 194 strikeouts in 2012. That would be the most of any player who hit 34 or more home runs in a season. In fact, he would be the first Brewer to at least 30 home runs and strike out at least 180 times. For the other players who had at least 34 home runs in a season, here are the top five strikeout totals.

Player Year GP HR SO
Richie Sexson 2001 158 45 178
Gorman Thomas 1979 156 45 175
Gorman Thomas 1980 162 38 170
Bill Hall 2006 148 35 162
Jeromy Burnitz 1998 161 38 158

In addition, he would have the fewest RBI of any player who hit at least 34 home runs, and by a wide margin. He has 24 RBI after tonight's game and is on pace for 75 RBI. Part of this is because he is hitting in the leadoff spot in the majority of games this season, but it is an odd mark regardless. Here are the top five players who had the fewest RBI and hit at least 34 home runs:

Player Year GP HR RBI
Bill Hall 2006 148 35 85
Geoff Jenkins 2000 135 34 94
Ryan Braun 2007 113 34 97
Jeromy Burnitz 2001 154 34 100
Prince Fielder 2008 159 34 102

Finally, Corey Hart would have one of the worst batting lines among players who hit at least 34 home runs. Here are the five players who put up the worst batting lines in their 34+ home run seasons:

Player Year GP HR Batting Line
Gorman Thomas 1980 162 38 .239 / .303 / .471 / .774
Ben Oglivie 1982 159 34 .244 / .326 / .453 / .780
Gorman Thomas 1979 156 45 .244 / .356 / .539 / .895
Gorman Thomas 1982 158 39 .245 / .343 / .506 / .850
Jeromy Burnitz 2001 154 34 .251 / .347 / .504 / .851

For reference, Corey Hart's batting line entering tonight's game was .253/.319/.495/.814.

It's hard to explain how a player's bat can look weak yet put up some good home run totals, but Corey Hart is doing it. It could mean many different things, we'll just have to see how it plays out.

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