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The high-powered Ranger offense

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In 2009, the Rangers scored an average of 4.84 runs per game, 7th in the A.L. and just a hair above the league average of 4.82 runs per game.  The offense was widely seen as disappointing, and not without reason, given the home park that the Ranger offense plays half its games in.

Flash forward to 2010, and the Ranger offense is averaging 4.90 runs per game.  Not much of an improvement, and the Ranger offense is still viewed as disappointing.

However...despite this very slight gain, the Rangers, relative to the league, have improved.  The Rangers are 5th in the A.L. in runs per game, and with the league average having dropped to 4.53 runs per game, the Rangers have increased their edge over the league average from .02 in 2009 to .37 runs per game in 2010.

Okay, yeah, calling this offense "high-powered" is a misnomer...but in looking at the data today, I was surprised to see that their offense, relative to the league, was that good.

Of course, the flip side to that is that the Rangers are allowing about the same amount of runs per game, going from 4.57 to 4.59, and dropping from above average to just average.

Still...it is interesting to see how the numbers have shifted, league-wide, so far this year.