Is that over all runs, or runs-per-game ???
I ask because 1981 was a strike-shortened season, so if it was overall runs then the citation would go back even further (if you exclude strike-shortened season.)
It's still way too soon to be talking like this but it's still fun.
Maybe it's a perfect storm for a team like the Orioles to get into an expanded playoff format and make some noise. And with the way the schedule is set up, it seems like it could be possible. The Marlins were bad to begin with, now they're having a hard time to field a team. We should be able to beat up on them, but so will everyone else. Boston doesn't look good, despite having some good offensive weapons.
So...In the words of Lou Brown, maybe we can "hang around for a while and see if we can give 'em all a nice big $#*%burger to eat!"
I feel like I have lost my mind even bringing it up as a conversation/kidding around.
Imagine a 162 game season with 5 playoffs teams like normal. Would be 154 games left. Even as a joke nobody would bring it up.
I'm working on enjoying the moment but these wins are feeling a little bit Pyrrhic, as the risk of missing a shot at one more rare talent for the next good team's core group increases.
I took a little comfort this weekend in that entering 1989 - with today's perspective I might have looked for a McDonald bookend, then we went and did all that winning and only got...Mike Mussina (but not Chipper Jones).
It isn't that I want the team to lose, it is more that this team very likely ought to lose. In 162, they would surely earn X for the peak Rutschman teams, but the circumstances of 2020 might conspire to block the org from having what it "deserves".
But hey, if we can sweep the Rays, the Pirates can sweep the Twins, right?
It’s not 15% of the way through the season, I know that much. I don’t think there’s a magic number but I do think that they are playing above their head right now.
I also don’t think Lil Yaz is the best player in baseball.