Jose Ramirez and Francisco Lindor are extra-base hit machines for the Indians

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Through the Cleveland Indians’ first 100 games of the 2018 season, Jose Ramirez and Francisco Lindor are piling up extra-base hits at a historic rate.

Ramirez, 25, is on pace for 97.2 this year. Barring injury, it’s quite likely he’ll at least get to 90. If he does, he’d join Albert Pujols as the only players in the last 80 years to do so in multiple seasons by 25. Only Grady Sizemore (2006), Lance Berkman (2001), Alex Rodriguez (1996), and Hank Aaron (1959) have done so even once by such a young age — and even if you take age out of the equation, in that eight-decade window only Pujols, Stan Musial, Todd Helton, Ken Griffey Jr., and Albert Belle have multiple 90-XBH seasons, period. And that doesn’t even take into account the third baseman’s position.

No one else in MLB history that’s played at least a third of his season’s games at the hot corner has had a single 90-XBH season. This would be Ramirez’s 2nd in a row.

As far as the 24-year-old Lindor goes, he’s on pace for 95.6 extra-base hits this year. Like Ramirez, barring injury he’s got a hell of a chance to reach 90, which would make him just the 5th player in the last 80 years to have a season with that many by their age-24 campaign (Pujols, Sizemore, Rodriguez, and Lindor’s fellow left-side-of-the-infield pal in Cleveland).

Though again, that doesn’t even take into account the shortstop’s position. As of right now, ’96 A-Rod’s the only shortstop to ever have a 90-XBH season, and his single-season record for the position of 91 is in some serious jeopardy.

And the best part is that they’re teammates! In MLB history, a pair of teammates have each crushed 90+ extra-base hits exactly once, by a couple guys named Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig back in 1927. These two youngsters in Cleveland are each on pace for over ninety-five. They have a pretty significant margin for error to still be able to join a club of which Ruth and Gehrig are currently the sole members. Remarkable.



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