Major League Baseball’s current run-scoring environment is haven or hellscape, the preferred definition likely hinging on whether you throw a ball or swing a bat for a living.
At this point, with the season not yet halfway done, it’s simpler just to get to the absolutes:
The record for league-wide home runs will be obliterated.
At least three teams should sail past the Yankees’ record – just a year old - for most team homers in a season.
More runs will be scored per game (currently 4.8 per team) than at any time since 2007.
Four players have a strong shot to hit 50 home runs, which hasn’t happened since 2001 – when Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Luis Gonzalez and Alex Rodriguez did it.
If you’re seeking a reason why we see things like 92 combined runs scored in the just-concluded four-game Rockies-Padres series, well, at this point just answer yes to the following:
Is the ball juiced?
Are more hitters selling out for power?
Does it make more sense to hit over exotic defensive alignments than into them?
Are power hitters better trained and instructed than ever before?
OK, you probably already knew all this. You also likely love it or loathe it, but that’s a topic for another day.