Matthew Taylor: Plenty of reason to stay alert on Eutaw Street this year

It continues to be a busy time on Eutaw Street.

After the 2012 season produced a record nine Eutaw Street home runs, the Indians’ Lonnie Chisenhall hit the fourth such home run of the 2013 season Thursday night. His blast was the 70th home run to reach Eutaw Street since Oriole Park at Camden Yards opened in 1992.

There have only been five seasons when batters reached Eutaw Street more than four times - 1996 (seven), 1999 (five), 2008 (eight), 2011 (five) and 2012 (nine). This could be the third consecutive season when it’s happened.

Meanwhile, there have been 13 Eutaw Street home runs in the past two seasons, which is the second-highest two-year total to the 14 hit during the 2011 and 2012 seasons. The third-highest two-year total is 12 during the 2008 and 2009 seasons.

By this time last season, five Eutaw Street home runs had been hit. The sixth and seventh Eutaw Street home runs came on June 29 and the eighth came on June 30. The 2012 season produced a record nine Eutaw Street homers. The previous best was eight in 2008.

Watch out for batted balls, indeed!

Here is some additional context to show how Chisenhall’s homer fits into the larger Eutaw Street picture:

* Had Chisenhall hit his home run one day later, it would have been the third Eutaw Street homer to be hit on June 28. Jay Gibbons hit one on June 28, 2003, and Adam Dunn did so on June 28, 2009.

* Chisenhall became a bronze bomber by sending a second-inning fastball from Miguel Gonzalez an estimated 430 feet into right field. It is one of 11 Eutaw Street homers to have traveled 430 feet or farther and is the second-longest Eutaw Street home run by an Indians player behind Jim Thome’s 440-foot shot on July 26, 1996.

* The Indians are the most frequent non-AL East opponent to reach Eutaw Street, having done so five different times. In addition to Chisenhall, Jim Thome (1996 and 1999), Carlos Santana (2011) and Asdrubal Cabrera (2012) have hit Eutaw Street home runs for Cleveland.

Cleveland has tied the Red Sox for the second-most Eutaw Street homers by an opponent. The Yankees lead the way with seven such home runs. The Orioles have 28 Eutaw Street home runs.

Given the introduction of the unbalanced schedule in 2001, you could argue that Cleveland is the toughest opponent to keep off Eutaw Street. For example, six of the seven Yankees Eutaw Street bombs have come in the era of the unbalanced schedule.

The Indians play at Camden Yards less frequently than the Yankees and Red Sox, but they make the most of their visits.

* Gonzalez joins four other pitchers currently in the O’s system to have surrendered a Eutaw Street home run. Tommy Hunter (4), Jason Hammel (3), Jake Arrieta (1) and Chris Tillman (1) are the others. Hunter is one short of Sidney Ponson for most Eutaw Street home runs allowed.

Matthew Taylor blogs about the Orioles at Roar from 34. His ruminations about the Birds appear as part of’s season-long initiative of welcoming guest bloggers to our site. All opinions expressed are those of the guest bloggers, who are not employed by but are just as passionate about their baseball as our roster of writers.

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