A home run record is a home run record, regardless of where those dingers are hit. It’s rather amusing, though, that Christian Yelich’s record-tying 14th homer before May 1 was his first road tater of the year.
As if it wasn’t enough for the reigning National League MVP to do something only Albert Pujols (2006) and Alex Rodriguez (2007) had previously accomplished, Yelich’s fourth-inning solo shot off Mets righthander Noah Syndergaard felt like the perfect way to spite those who pointed to his home-road splits as an ineffective way to discount his incredible start. The Brewers’ 8–6 win Saturday at Citi Field was Yelich’s 28th game (27th start) of the season.
Pujols, too, was coming off an MVP season when he launched 14 home runs before May 1, 2006. It took the Cardinals' first baseman 24 games to hit his 14th blast. He slashed .350/.495/.925, and amazingly, drew 24 walks and struck out just seven times in that span. In the 28 games it took Yelich to reach the 14-homer mark, he posted a .350/.459/.810 slashline, 20 walks and 20 strikeouts.