The Indians are in sole possession of first place! So, as promised, the strike out counter will be converted to a home run counter. Originally, the purpose of the strike out counter was because it looked like the Indians had a chance at breaking the all-time Major League (or at least the American League) record for strike outs. The Houston Astros have completely made all those discussions pointless as they are on pace to completely shatter both records themselves. Through 44 games, the Astros have struck out 432 times and are on pace to break the Major League record in just 155 games. The Indians are far behind this and, in fact, rank just seventh in the majors in k's. They are still on pace to break the team record of 1,269, but that was only set two years ago and they aren't set to break it until at least 155 games into the year.
Instead of focusing on the negative of tallying strike outs, Burning River Baseball will now put the emphasis on the long ball, something the Indians have been doing a lot this year. They have went back and forth with a few other teams for the AL lead, but are currently tied with the Rangers for first in the AL with 57. This puts them on pace to hit two less home runs than the team record of 221 set in 2000. Of course, with Jason Kipnis, Drew Stubbs and the weather heating up, chances are the home runs will keep coming at an even faster pace. Keep an eye on the right side of the burningriverbaseball.com home page to see how the Indians are faring throughout the rest of the season.