Posted by Andy on May 26, 2009
A reader asked so here is the answer. Most 5-hit games in a season since 1954:
Year Games Link to Individual Games +----+-----+-------------------------+ 2008 42 Ind. Games 2004 41 Ind. Games 1999 39 Ind. Games 2000 38 Ind. Games 2007 37 Ind. Games 2005 35 Ind. Games 1996 35 Ind. Games 1970 31 Ind. Games 1991 30 Ind. Games 1986 29 Ind. Games 1980 29 Ind. Games
Well well well....the record was set last year.
That's not such a surprise since A) there are more teams now so it would have to be a recent season and B) more run-scoring means more plate appearances per game, making it easier to get 5 hits in a single game. To some degree, this list would be more meaningful if I at least normalized it by total number of games played each year.
So far in 2009, we've had 10 such 5-hit games. With just over a quarter of the season gone, that means tings are on pace for roughly a typical year from the last several years of 35-40 such games.
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