Gleyber Torres may not have been part of the Bronx Bombers for long, and although his name isn’t Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, or Gary Sanchez, he is certainly on the radar now. The 22-year-old player has 26 home runs on the year, with exactly half of them coming against one team – the Orioles!
The last player to hit that many against one opponent was Roger Maris in his record-setting 61 homer season in 1961. The record is held by Lou Gehrig with 14 against Cleveland in 1936. While both of those players played for the Yankees, and are Hall of Famers, they also played before the divisional era, in a time when there were far fewer teams, meaning more chances to play against any one team. This makes Torres’s stat even more impressive.
In addition to passing Roger Maris in this category, Torres’s 5 multi-homer games against the O’s are the most multi-homer games against one opponent in a single season ever. He is also the youngest player in American League history to reach 8 career multi-homer games.
Despite injuries to many players on the roster (including Torres last week), the Yankees keep winning and setting new records. At this pace, they are set to break their own team record of 267 home runs set last year. They still have 2 games left against the Orioles this season, so keep an eye out when Gleyber Torres comes to bat, maybe he can break The Iron Horse’s (Gehrig) record of 14.