Ruth set the Major League Baseball single-season home run record four times, first at 29 (1919), then 54 (1920), 59 (1921), and finally 60 (1927).  Ruth's 1920 and 1921 seasons are tied for the widest margin of victory for a home run champion as he topped the next highest total by 35 home runs in each season. The single season mark of 60 stood for 34 years until Roger Maris hit 61 home runs in 1961.  Maris' mark was broken 37 years later by both Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa during the 1998 home run record chase , with McGwire ultimately setting the mark at 70.   Barry Bonds, who also has the most career home runs ,  set the current single season record of 73 in 2001.   The 1998 and 2001 seasons each had 4 players hit 50 or more home runs – Greg Vaughn , Ken Griffey, Jr. , Sosa, and McGwire in 1998 and Alex Rodriguez , Luis Gonzalez , Sosa, and Bonds in 2001.  A player has hit 50 or more home runs 42 times, 25 times since 1990.  The lowest home run total to lead a major league was four, recorded in the NL by Lip Pike in 1877 and Paul Hines in 1878. 
Manager Dusty Baker was waiting to see if Max Scherzer (hamstring) was healthy enough to take the mound for Game 2, but it appears as though the club doesn't want to push the right-hander, so Gonzalez will draw the start for the second contest of the series. Under this scenario, Scherzer will most likely take Game 3, and then Baker could choose between Tanner Roark or Stephen Strasburg -- on short rest -- for Game 4, if it's needed. If the series goes the full five games and Strasburg takes the mound in Game 4, Gonzalez would be on the mound for the pivotal finale on normal rest. Throughout the course of the 2017 season, the left-hander has posted a ERA and WHIP over 201 innings.
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