INSTANT ANALYST

April 25, 1993

Remember those lame excuses for low-scoring games early in the season: The pitchers are ahead of the hitters; nobody likes to hit in cold weather; the fifth starters aren't being used yet? Well, forget all of them. Through Sunday the average number of runs scored in a game this season was 9.17-the highest average on April 18 of any season since 1979. And the 29 games thus far this season in which one team had scored at least 10 runs was the most in the last 25 years. Here is a look back at April 18 offensive stats since the 1969 season.

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YEAR

GAMES

RUNS

AVG.

10+RUNS

1969

109

919

8.43

15

1970

120

1,035

8.63

14

1971

137

1,025

7.48

10

1972

40

253

6.33

3

1973

121

970

8.02

14

1974

131

1,202

9.18

14

1975

102

845

8.28

10

1976

90

806

8.96

15

1977

124

1,077

8.69

12

1978

133

1,149

8.64

17

1979

142

1,335

9.40

28

1980

100

877

8.77

13

1981

95

698

7.35

5

1982

131

1,124

8.58

16

1983

143

1,299

9.08

21

1984

152

1,273

8.39

13

1985

107

864

8.07

10

1986

119

1,006

8.45

11

1987

139

1,266

9.11

20

1988

156

1,334

8.55

21

1989

167

1,448

8.67

18

1990

111

946

8.52

14

1991

118

967

8.19

13

1992

146

1,210

8.29

17

1993

162

1,485

9.17

29

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)