Since the wild card was introduced in 1995, no American League team has made the postseason without scoring more than 700 runs during the regular season. That could change this year. If the season had ended on Sunday, the AL wild cards would have been won by the A's and the Orioles—two teams on sub-700 scoring paces. A third such team, the Rays, was only 1½ games behind Baltimore for the last spot. Here are the lowest-scoring AL playoff teams in the three-division era and how this year's runs-hungry contenders compare.
This is an article from the Sept. 10, 2012 issue
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*Projected 162-game total