- From Major League Baseball
If a pitcher is going to hit a home run this postseason, there's a strong likelihood it will happen during the National League Wild Card Game between the Giants and Mets on Wednesday night, for two reasons: Out of the 5,610 home runs hit in 2016 -- the second most in MLB history, by the way -- only 24 were hit by pitchers.
Of the 18 pitchers who managed to slug a home run, only four did it more than once.
Bumgarner's trio of dingers was actually a decline from his 2015 career high of five, when he led all pitchers and even tied for ninth on the Giants, but he once again managed to torment his division rival Clayton Kershaw with the long ball in 2016: The other pitchers Bumgarner homered off of in 2016: The Braves' Aaron Blair and Syndergaard's teammate, Jacob deGrom.
According to Statcast™, Bumgarner's longest was his 411-footer off of Blair, which he blasted with an exit velocity of 109.36 mph.
Of course, whichever team prevails will head to Chicago to face the Cubs and fellow #PitcherWhoRakes Jake Arrieta, who himself had a pair of dingers this year.