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
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.