Have defenses gotten better than ever in recent years, or are official scorers more inclined to credit hits on plays that are really errors? The question arises because, through Sunday, the Mets had given up only 14 unearned runs this year and were on pace to shatter their own league record of a year ago for fewest unearned runs in a 162-game season. They could also break the major league record set by the Orioles back in...1998. In fact, seven of the 10 lowest unearned run totals have come in the last 10 seasons. Kind of makes you wonder if part of the reason for all those pitchers with high ERAs is the official scoring. Here are the alltime lowest unearned run totals for a 162-game season and how those teams ended up.
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