Friday, August 24, 2007


From the AP via the Houston Chronicle:

BALTIMORE — Five runs in the fourth inning.

Nine runs in the sixth.

Ten in the eighth.

Six more in the ninth.

The Texas Rangers rounded the bases at a dizzying pace and became the first team in 110 years to score 30 runs in a game, setting an American League record Wednesday in a 30-3 rout of the Baltimore Orioles.

"This is something freaky. You won't see anything like this again for a long, long time. I am glad I was on this end of it," said Marlon Byrd, who hit one of two Texas grand slams.

Trailing 3-0 in the opener of a doubleheader, Texas couldn't be stopped. At last, the last-place Rangers did something right.

"We set a record for something on the good side of baseball," manager Ron Washington said.

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You know, in the grand scheme of things this isn't all that weird. They play so many freakin' games in pro baseball that thirty runs in one game is likely to happen at some point. It's just that it took 110 years since the last time it happened. Okay, I guess it's pretty weird. Still, the Rangers are in last place in their division and this one game isn't going to do much to change that.

Nonetheless, it's pretty impressive.

The article goes on to point out some associated statistical weirdness, which is entirely appropriate due to baseball's obsession with statistics. For instance, Jarrod Saltalamacchia raised his batting average, in this one game, from a shitty .179 to not so bad .262. The Rangers raised their batting team average five points, while the O's team ERA dropped from 4.39 to 4.60.

I wonder if hardcore baseball fans, you know, the guys who are as obsessed with statistics as the league is, will love this or hate it. Hard to say because I don't really give that much of a shit about stats myself and have no way of guessing. I've sworn off of sports talk radio because of the idiots in Baton Rouge trashing Les Miles, so I'm probably never going to know what the stat-boys think.

But who cares?