The Orioles, in becoming first team to 100 home runs, nearing season-record pace

When doing an interview with ESPN's Dallas Braden for a story last month on major league home run leader Mark Trumbo, I asked a question about balanced ballplayers who do a bit of everything.

Braden said the Orioles were built to lead the majors in home runs and strikeouts, and nothing in that was balanced. They've done a lot of both since, to the point that it's probably fair to call their home run pace record-setting.


The Orioles have 101 home runs through 63 games with the home runs by shortstop Manny Machado and second baseman Jonathan Schoop Tuesday at Fenway Park, making them the first team to get to 100 this season.

According to ESPN Stats & Info, the Orioles are the second-fastest team to 100 home runs in the last decade — the 2009 Yankees, who won the World Series, did it in 62 games.

But that's a minor record. The major league record for home runs in a month is 58, and the Orioles have 32 in 13 June games, according to ESPN. With 15 games left, that record could fall.

The big record is in play, too. The 1997 Seattle Mariners hit 264 home runs to give them the most by a team in a season. With 101 through 63 games, the Orioles are on pace for 260 this season. It only takes one or two unproductive games to knock them off that pace, but one big game like they've enjoyed so many of to put them ahead of it.

The pace required is 1.63 home runs per game. The Orioles have 1.6 per game so far. They've hit four or more in nine games, multiple home runs in 27 games, and no home runs in 20. So at the rate they're going, they're more likely to hit multiple home runs in a game than none at all.

It will take a continued team effort, paced by Trumbo (20), Machado (17) and Chris Davis (16) and probably require Schoop to chip in 25 and Adam Jones to get closer to the 30 that he typically ends his seasons with.

Until they fall off the pace, let's call it a record-setting one.