Calculating early-season paces are usually fruitless exercises.

Usually.

But when a player's pace puts him on par with guys named Ruth and Gehrig, it catches your attention. In the case of second baseman Ian Kinsler, who began Thursday tied for the Major League lead in runs scored, the pace is truly historic.

Kinsler and Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers have each scored 27 runs in their first 25 games. Multiply that out over 150 games played out of a 162-game schedule, and you get 162 runs. Multiply it over 155 games, and it jumps to 167. Either way, it puts them on pace to join rarified company.