A comparison of major offensive measures is shown below:
|Pre All-Star Break||Pre All-Star Break||%||Full Year|
|Team Runs/ Game||4.88||4.61||-5.5||4.9|
|National League||1H2007||1H2008||% Chg||Year 2007|
|Team Runs/ Game||4.68||4.48||-4.3||4.71|
|Major Leagues||1H2007||1H2008||% Chg||Year 2007|
|Team Runs/ Game||4.78||4.54||-5||4.8|
1. Offense is down across the board in 2008 vs. 2007 (column 2 vs. column 1).
2. The decline is greater in the American League.
3. Home runs per game are up slightly in the National League and are higher than in the AL as they have been since the middle of 2007.
4. Home runs per game are down 8.7 % in the American League.
5. In 2007, offense was slightly higher for the full year than it was prior to the All-Star break (column 4 vs. column 1). The same can probably be expected in 2008.
6. At the All Star break, only three players were on target to reach the triple milestones of a .300 batting average, 30 home runs and 100 RBIs. (Lance Berkman, Josh Hamilton and Carlos Lee). In 2007, eight players achieved all three milestones.
Bill Gilbert is a baseball analyst and writer and member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).