Do You Believe in Run Differentials?

Travis Hafner of the Cleveland Indians scores in the fourth inning on a single by Orlando Cabrera of the Cleveland Indians during the game against the Boston Red Sox at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Okay, so the Cleveland Indians probably aren't the Best Team in Baseball.

But you know, they do have Baseball's best run differential.

By a Lot.

The Indians have outscored their (usually) unworthy opponents by 62 runs.

Do you think the American League is still the superior league? I'm asking because the next-best run differential in the American League -- the Big Boy League, if you will -- is the Yankees' +30.

If you don't think the American League is still the Big Boy League, then comparisons to the National League might seem valid. The best run differential in the National League is the Cardinals +47, but the Cardinals are in the process of placing their entire roster on the Disabled List and holding open tryouts for 25 new guys. The Braves are +43. The Phillies and the Reds are both +35, and totally cool with it.

So the Indians can't just toss their gloves on the field and assume they'll win the World Series.

But you know, they just might win the World Series. We're more than a fourth of the way into the season, and run differentials rarely lie.

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