Earlier today, @ESPNStatsInfo reminded us that on May 2, 2002, Mike Cameron had one of the most impressive performances at the plate a player can possibly have:
15 years ago today, @Mariners OF Mike Cameron hit 4 HR in a game
In the 1st inning, he went back-to-back with Bret Boone … twice! pic.twitter.com/tTKLLyhzks
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 2, 2017
Let’s take a look at the four consecutive home runs:
With that four homer appearance, Cameron became just the thirteenth player in MLB history to hit four in a single game. Fifteen years later and just three names have been added to that list.
Before that game, Cameron was slashing .242/.373/.472 with five home runs through his first 110 plate appearances. But just one game and six plate appearances later, and Cameron had a .271/.397/.615 slash line with NINE homers.
All in a day’s work, I suppose.
And what’s even funnier is that while his first home run in the first inning increased his team’s chances of winning the game by 7.4% points, the remaining three homers (technically) hardly affected the outcome – that’ll happen when you’re team is already up by double-digits and you keep pouring it on.
I mean, just look at the win probability chart (via FanGraphs):
It looks like the world’s saddest game of Shoots and Ladders.