This article is part of our Weekly Hitter Rankings series.
Scoring has been way down for a couple reasons. One is something many have been curious about as early indications demonstrate the ball is incurring aerodynamics akin to 2018. This was reported by Rob Arthur in Baseball Prospectus.
The other factor is pitching is ahead of hitting, as demonstrated by a .277 league wide BABIP through Friday's games. BABIP is usually about .290 a couple weeks into the season, so there's precedent for hitting lagging pitching. The ball isn't the only explanation. If 50 more fly balls left the yard and 50 more were doubles instead of outs (both an exaggeration), the BABIP would still be just .285. This is a unique scenario, so much so everything is a candidate to buck usual trends.
As for the week, run scoring could pick up organically as the scheduled pitchers are rather weak. The Phillies are in good shape with seven games at home. They check in with a favorable index in all the charted categories, so both the powerful and speedy Phillies are in a great spot.
The Nationals are also ranked above average across the board, though they spend the week on the road.
The Cardinals, Indians, Royals, Yankees, Blue Jays and Marlins have only five games on the docket. Two off days for the Fish with so many to make up indicate they'll playing a bunch of doubleheaders down the line.
With the cancellation of the series between the Cardinals and Pirates, Pittsburgh won't play until Thursday and have