KERI: Well, I think Altuve's going to get attention. He might win the AL MVP award despite him not hitting 50 home runs. That great-all-around game does play. And I'll tell you something. This could show up in terms of contracts because you're going to get a bunch of power hitters who are going to go out on the open market this year and might not get as much money as they expected. A lot of these big, strong sluggers who don't have a complete game necessarily - they're not fast, they don't necessarily hit for a high average, they're basically just sluggers - are not getting their just due.
The results show up clearly in his slash line as well, leaping from .218/.272/.370 to .368/.409/.709. That increase is nothing short of miraculous. Zimmerman had the worst offensive wins against replacement mark of any major league batter with over 400 plate appearances last season. This season, he’s seventh, with MVP candidates like Mike Trout and Bryce Harper ahead of him. While improved health and Zimmerman’s natural talent certainly played a role, one change to a swing plane helped make one of the league’s worst batters into one of its best.
Four home runs in a row by consecutive batters has only occurred nine times in the history of Major League Baseball. Following convention, this is called back-to-back-to-back-to-back. The most recent occurrence was on July 27, 2017, when the Washington Nationals hit four in a row against the Milwaukee Brewers in Nationals Park as Brian Goodwin (baseball) , Wilmer Difo , Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman homered off pitcher Michael Blazek . Blazek became the fourth pitcher to surrender back-to-back-to-back-to-back home runs, following Paul Foytack on July 31, 1963, Chase Wright on April 22, 2007, and Dave Bush .