Friday, April 18, 2014

A Note on Run Scoring

From Wednesday night around 10 p.m.:

"There have been just 45 runs scored today across seven full and five partial games. Record for a 15-game day is 79 (9/12/69), I believe."

By the end of the 7 p.m. starts, there had been just 40 runs scored in nine completed games. Some extra-inning contests would end up pushing up the day's total, but April 16 was still notable: the third-lowest scoring day of games with at least 15 games played. Here's the top five:

September 12, 1969 (79)
September 24, 2013 (82)
April 16, 2014 (83)
August 17, 1990 (84)
October 2, 2012 (87)

We didn't quite set the record Wednesday, but with three of the five lowest having come in the last eight months of baseball, it seems like we could be in for more challenges. A day of baseball in which we average just five runs, total, per game? Just more evidence that strikeouts are clogging the machine.

(h/t Cory Schwartz and MLBAM)