Home runs and strikeouts will be to the 2016 Orioles lineup what peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are to brown bag lunches. You’re likely to find a lot of them there.
Earlier this week I wrote about which of those two offensive outcomes is more likely to produce record totals for this year’s O’s team. As a follow-up to that post, I explored individual offensive efforts over the years with this question in mind: Has any team ever had multiple players hit 30 home runs and strike out 180 times?
Davis stroked 53 home runs in 2013 and 47 home runs in 2015; he struck out 199 times and 208 times, respectively. Alvarez, meanwhile, hit 30 home runs in 2012 and 36 home runs in 2013; he struck out 180 times and 186 times, respectively.
Were Davis and Alvarez teammates in 2013 they would have become the first pair of players to top 30 home runs and 180 strikeouts while wearing the same uniform. It’s never been done before. They’ll have their shot at it in 2016 as will at least one other teammate.
There have been 30 total seasons in which a player hit at least 30 home runs and struck out at least 180 times. Adam Dunn leads the way having done it five times (2004, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2013) followed by Ryan Howard, who did it for four consecutive seasons (2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009).
Former Oriole Mark Reynolds had three seasons of 30 home runs and 180 strikeouts (2009, 2010, 2011), the final one coming in Baltimore. Davis and Alvarez join Jim Thome as the remaining players with multiple 30-180 seasons.
The remaining names on the list: Bobby Bonds (1969), Cecil Fielder (1990), Chris Carter (2014), Curtis Granderson (2012), Jack Cust (2008), Jay Bruce (2013), Mark Trumbo (2013) Mike Schmidt (1975), Mike Trout (2014), Mo Vaughn (2000), Pete Incaviglia (1986), and Preston Wilson (2000).
With Trumbo on the list of players in the 30-180 club, there’s an even greater chance that the Orioles could have the first pair of teammates to reach this rare home run-strikeout combination.