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24 Days of AL Offensive Data

and the implications of the findings are becoming more meaningful

Let's just do it the fairest way, to negate the differences in games played:

Runs per game: Since and including July 20

LAA      7.2

OAK     6.1

MINN   5.85

CLEV  5.8

NY       5.6

TOR     5.0

BOS     4.8

CHIC    4.7

TB         4.6

TEX      4.45

KC        4.3

SEA      4.3

DET      3.9

BAL      3.9

 

I am not going to claim that all of a sudden this team is an above average offense-- they might be, but the sample size is way too small to prove it. But when for the better part of a month they score a run and a half per game more than half the teams in the league, I do think it is fair to say they are no longer one of the worst offenses in the league. And as for the late great Matt Holliday-- still tearing up the Senior Circuit as Sabathia did in a different way last year-- in the 20 games since he left, the A's are scoring 5.6 runs a game, and have scored 5 or more runs 13 times and fewer than 3 runs only twice-- only the Twins have scored 3+ runs more often. Causality or lack thereof is not the point-- the point is that they are more than competent without him.

The fact is that the lineup going out there every day is no longer a bad one-- in fact there is rarely an easy out on the field any more. And this all before Carter, Wallace, Cardenas, etc-- and without the likes of Buck and Barton. If-- and the if is big-- it continues for a few weeks more before the weather turns (though it's less of a factor in the Bay Area in September) I think the 2010 prospects need to be upgraded, partic. if the improvement by Anderson and Gonzalez is supplemented by Duchscherer and/or better starts from Cahill and Mazzaro. They might just win 75+ games and I suspect that end result may leave a lot better taste for the year to come than the last two seasons did.


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