During the 2015 regular season, the Cubs hit 171 home runs. That's a good number, though it ranked just fifth in the National League and 12th overall. It ranks tied for 16th-most in Cubs history, tied with the 1930 squad that had help from a juiced-up baseball. (The team record is 235, set in 2004.) Anthony Rizzo's team-leading total of 31 was sixth-best in the N.L.; Kris Bryant's 26 was tied for 14th.
The Cubs' power surge in the postseason has already set two records:
- Most home runs (six) in any postseason game, NLDS Game 3, and by six different players
- Most home runs (nine) in any two consecutive postseason games, NLDS Game 3 and NLDS Game 4.
In their postseason history, the Cubs have now hit 57 home runs. That means that more than 20 percent of those homers -- 12 -- have been hit this year alone (two in the wild-card game, 10 in the division series). Here, via baseball-reference.com, are all 57 of the Cubs' postseason home runs, from Joe Tinker's 1908 World Series Game 2 home run that broke up a scoreless tie in the eighth inning, to Tuesday night's barrage. You'll see quite a bit of home-run detail at that link, but here are a few fun facts to get you started. Remember, of course, that with more postseason rounds now than in baseball's past, it's very likely that many "postseason" records will be set or broken in modern times, compared to pre-1969 days when "postseason" meant only the World Series.
- If Kyle Schwarber hits one more home run this October, he'll be tied for the most postseason homers ever by a Cub. Current record-holders: Aramis Ramirez and Alex Gonzalez, four each (and I had completely forgotten about Gonzalez).
- Rizzo, Jorge Soler and Dexter Fowler, with two each this month, could also move up the all-time Cub postseason home run list.
- 36 of the 57 homers were hit in the Cubs' home park: 35 of them at Wrigley Field, one (Tinker's) at West Side Grounds.
Enjoy this look back at all the power the Cubs have shown so far this postseason. And here's hoping it continues through two more postseason rounds.
And because I know you simply cannot get enough of The Schwarbomb, here it is one more time!