On June 26, Yankees starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi gave up back-to-back-to-back home runs to the middle of the Minnesota Twins line up. They were three of the six home runs that solidified a 7-1 Twins demolition of the pinstripes.
Here's the thing: Six home runs in a game is becoming less unusual. Home runs are way up this year. In fact, we are averaging 1.16 home runs per game this season, just shy of the all-time record of 1.17 per game. That record was set in 2000, at the height of the sport's steroids era. Batters are swinging for the fences like never before, according to a CNBC analysis of baseball statistics.
Home runs are at their second-highest ever, strikeouts are at a record high and singles are at a record low, under six per game. That means batters are trying to connect for power: Get home or get out.