The Phillies parade of solo home runs continues. The Phils lead the NL in home runs overall and also in both solo home runs and home runs with runners on base. It sure seems like all of the home runs they hit lately have been solo shots. But have a high percentage of the home runs they’ve hit this year been solo homers compared to the rest of the league? No. The chart below shows the percentage of each NL team’s homers that have been solo home runs for 2009:

Team % of HR
that are solo
Rank
San Diego
St. Louis
Colorado
Chicago Cubs
LA Dodgers
Arizona
Cincinnati
Philadelphia
Washington
San Francisco
NY Mets
Atlanta
Florida
Pittsburgh
Milwaukee
Houston
65%
64%
62%
62%
62%
61%
60%
59%
57%
56%
56%
55%
54%
53%
53%
53%
1
2
3
3
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16

The Phillies are in the middle of the pack. 116 of the 196 home runs they’ve hit have been solo homers, which is about 59.1%. What has happened is they have had a higher percentage of their home runs go for solo shots in ’09 than they did in ’08:

Year Total HR Solo Not Solo
2009 196 116 80
2008 214 114 100
       
2009 pace 233 138 95

In 2008, about 53.3% of the homers were solo homers for the Phils. That’s up to 59.1% this year. Despite the fact that the Phillies are on pace to hit about 19 more home runs overall in 2009, they are on pace to hit five fewer home runs with men on base.

Scott Eyre has pain in his left elbow. The linked article also says that Dobbs could be activated in the next ten days and the Romero got a cortisone shot on Tuesday.