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3 to watch: The Mind the gap edition

Posted on: May 21, 2010 10:21 am
 
Since this time a year ago, the National League has added Roy Halladay, Matt Holliday, Jason Bay and Jason Heyward, with Stephen Strasburg on the way.

The American League has added Javier Vazquez, Milton Bradley and Juan Pierre, with Mike Cameron on the way back from the disabled list.

You'd think the NL would finally be catching up, except that everything you see on the field tells you it isn't. Or, at least, that despite all the catching up the NL seems to have done, there's still a massive gap in talent between the two leagues.

"This league stinks," seems to be the most common refrain from scouts who cover the NL.

Which should be good news for the 14 American League teams that plunge into interleague play this weekend, at least until they realize that all their rivals get to face NL teams, too.

On to 3 to watch for the weekend:

1. The Yankees did everything they could to avoid having the struggling and unpopular Vazquez start against one of their rivals (the Red Sox). But they seem to have no problem having him open the Subway Series against their other rival, as he'll do in Yankees at Mets, Friday night (7:10 EDT) at Citi Field . The other pitching matchups in this series are much better, with the improved Mike Pelfrey against the even more improved Phil Hughes on Saturday, and the aces CC Sabathia and Johan Santana colliding on Sunday night. But with the Yankees losing key players by the day, and the Mets self-destructing, even the Vazquez-Hisanori Takahashi matchup in the opener is tough to skip. One question: If Vazquez gets booed at Citi Field, will the Mets fans or Yankees fans be doing the booing? Or both?

2. The Rays are the best team in the better league, or at least they have been so far. The Astros are the worst team in the worse league, or at least they have been so far. So naturally, they get matched up on the first weekend of interleague play. At least it should provide a nice homecoming for Houston native Andrew Friedman, the Rays general manager, and for Houston natives Carl Crawford and Jeff Niemann, who is the scheduled starter in Rays at Astros, Saturday night (7:05 EDT) at Minute Maid Park .

3. The Reds were the NL's hottest team, at least until they stumbled badly the last two days in Atlanta. The Indians may well be the American League's worst team, and they proved it by losing two straight at home to the Royals. So if the NL truly is getting better, maybe it will show by the time we get to Reds at Indians, Sunday afternoon (1:05 EDT) at Progressive Field .
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Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: May 21, 2010 10:20 pm
 

3 to watch: The Mind the gap edition

Since the leagues don't actually play each other, why are we trying to beat this dead horse?
A series of games between two teams will come out with at least a 2-1 advantage for one or the other, usually the team that makes the fewest mistakes.

What this has to do with a league is like a couple of kids arguing about whose dog is faster.





Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: May 21, 2010 5:04 pm
 

3 to watch: The Mind the gap edition

and there's no point comparing AL and NL pitchers. they are in DIFFERENT leagues. its better to compare pitchers within their leagues.

that's why records are kept separately, there's different, mvps, cy youngs, gold gloves, silver sluggers, for each league.


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