A quick question and challenge to those able to easily navigate their way through MLB stats:
The insertion of Peralta into the 3 spot is marked as the time that the offense really clicked; while it wasn't until Hafner returned from Buerhle's beaning that the lineup took the shape that most felt was most productive. That lineup, which is what we're currently looking at for 2006 (minus Perez), obviously being:
The date of Hafner's return was August 4th, when the Tribe was 57-51. After that date (a loss, which is remembered for Wickman's meltdown in the 9th against the NYY), the Tribe went 36-18. So the last 54 games (or 1/3) of the season was the only time that the lineup was truly in its present state.
With all of that being said, how did the Indians' offense compare, over those 54 games, with the rest of the league?
Where would it rank against the AL, and all of the ML?
Can you factor that production out over 162 games (as the team won at a .666 clip over the final 1/3 of the season, including the late-season collapse) to predict 2006 offensive production if no changes were made to the lineup?