The Cubs and Reds played a fairly meaningless game at Wrigley Field on Monday night (CHC 5, CIN 2). I say meaningless because the Cubs have already clinched the NL Central and the Reds have been eliminated from postseason contention. Chicago still has to clinch the best record in the NL, but that'll happen soon enough.
History was made in Monday's game, however, and not good history. Thanks to Jason Heyward's eighth-inning home run off reliever Blake Wood, the Reds have now allowed more home runs than any team in baseball history. Heyward's blast was No. 242 given up by Cincinnati pitchers in 2016. Here's the video:
The Cubs hit three home runs in the game. Addison Russell and Wilson Contreras hit solo homers in the seventh inning, which tied the record. Heyward then helped the Reds "break" the record in the eighth.
Here are the five highest home run totals allowed by a single team in baseball history:
Only nine teams in history have allowed more than 230 home runs in a season. Since the Reds still have 12 (!) games remaining this season, including nine against the homer happy Cubs and Cardinals, they're poised to climb well over 250 homers allowed, maybe even 260.
The Reds are rebuilding and were expected to be bad, sure, but keep in mind balls are flying out of the park at a record pace this season. There have already been 5,244 home runs hit this season, sixth most in MLB history. The rate of 2.332 homers per game is second highest in history, barely below the 2.344 homers per game in 2000.
The huge spike in home runs this season -- last year there were only 2.021 homers per game -- is why so many folks, myself included, believe the balls are being juiced. Offense has been down the past few years and juiced baseballs are a great way to get some more runs on the board.