5 Shutouts Friday, Runs Down 0.78 Per Game

5 Shutouts Friday, Runs Down 0.78 Per Game

Rick Porcello led the Tigers to the fifth shutout of the night in Major League Baseball, driving the average runs per game to 8.48 this season, well below the 9.21 that were being scored at this time in the 2002 season. The Boston Red Sox lead the majors with 355 runs scored, exactly as many as they had scored at this time 11 years ago, on then that was only good enough for fifth in the Majors behind the Yankees, Angels, Mariners and Twins as shown below.

The value of runs goes way up when scoring is down. When teams are playing 8-6 games a two-run double is nice but not decisive. However, when the Twins and Tigers were still tied 0-0 in the sixth inning Friday, Prince Fielder’s two-run double was decisive in a 4-0 win.

Twins starter Scott Diamond (4-6) received the loss. Tigers starters have now given the team 19 quality starts in 20 games according to ESPN. The following table is an analysis of the ESPN database by Breitbart Sports, comparing each team’s record, runs scored and runs allowed Friday and 11 years ago:

2013 Team 2013W 2013L 2013Runs 2013RA 2002 Team 2002W 2002L 2002Runs 2002RA
Boston 41 28 355 280 Boston 42 22 355 251
Colorado 35 33 337 302 Colorado 32 35 320 325
St. Louis 43 24 333 232 St. Louis 36 29 299 280
Baltimore 39 29 331 317 Baltimore 31 34 294 307
Detroit 37 28 328 243 Detroit 24 41 251 351
Tampa Bay 35 32 325 310 Tampa Bay 22 43 251 348
Cincinnati 41 27 318 253 Cincinnati 37 28 284 282
Oakland 41 27 316 269 Oakland 36 30 324 325
Cleveland 33 33 310 301 Cleveland 33 34 274 319
Toronto 30 36 297 322 Toronto 27 37 303 356
Arizona 37 29 294 273 Arizona 40 26 345 289
San Francisco 35 31 293 297 San Francisco 37 28 311 235
Texas 38 29 293 265 Texas 27 38 313 351
LA Angels 28 38 292 312 Anaheim 39 25 359 272
Atlanta 39 28 289 233 Atlanta 40 27 295 237
San Diego 32 34 279 301 San Diego 28 39 246 318
Milwaukee 27 39 274 314 Milwaukee 23 43 268 337
Chicago Cubs 27 38 263 277 Chicago Cubs 27 38 255 291
Minnesota 29 35 261 290 Minnesota 37 30 357 331
NY Yankees 37 29 260 250 NY Yankees 43 24 370 263
Kansas City 32 33 259 240 Kansas City 25 39 277 353
Houston 24 44 256 353 Houston 28 37 300 290
Pittsburgh 40 27 252 235 Pittsburgh 31 35 248 287
Philadelphia 33 35 251 292 Philadelphia 28 36 283 305
NY Mets 24 38 242 295 NY Mets 32 34 266 262
Seattle 29 38 237 284 Seattle 41 25 358 275
LA Dodgers 28 38 232 280 Los Angeles 39 27 293 257
Chicago Sox 28 36 230 264 Chicago Sox 33 34 352 333
Washington 33 33 230 258 Montreal 33 33 289 314
Miami 20 46 199 294 Florida 33 33 320 316
8.48 Runs/Gm 995 995 8436 8436 9.21 Runs/Gm 984 984 9060 9060

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