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    What's wrong with the National League?

    With the exception of the Cubs, I don't think there are any good teams in the National League this year. There's a reason all the AL teams are getting well right now (of course with the exception of the Chi-Sox), and its called interleague play.

    Thus far the AL leads the NL in interleague play by a count of 89-67.



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    Re: What's wrong with the National League?

    i think the cardinals are good.



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    Re: What's wrong with the National League?

    Quote Originally Posted by baller1 View Post
    i think the cardinals are good.

    Yea, it's just that the Royals are serious playoff contenders



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    Re: What's wrong with the National League?

    It's been this way for a while.



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    Re: What's wrong with the National League?

    Cards took 2 of 3 games from the Red Sox, at Fenway, and could/should have swept them (lost in 13 innings in Game 3). They gave Dice-K his first loss of the season on Saturday, chased him after just 1 inning. And Papelbon blew his first save of the year at home yesterday.

    But you're right, only the Cubs are good.



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    Re: What's wrong with the National League?

    Quote Originally Posted by cardinal&gold View Post
    Cards took 2 of 3 games from the Red Sox, at Fenway, and could/should have swept them (lost in 13 innings in Game 3). They gave Dice-K his first loss of the season on Saturday, chased him after just 1 inning. And Papelbon blew his first save of the year at home yesterday.

    But you're right, only the Cubs are good.
    And they only did that without the best player in the MLB....


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    Re: What's wrong with the National League?

    I don't know what it is about the National League, but they just cannot stack up against the American League. Obviously, I'm an NL guy, but I don't get it.

    Here are the last few World Series Results:

    2004: Boston beats St. Louis 4 - 0
    2005: Chicago White Sox beat Houston 4 - 0
    2006: St. Louis beats Detriot 4 - 1
    2007: Boston beats Colorado 4 - 0

    Going back to 1990, the overall record in the World Series for the NL is 37 - 55 in the World Series winning 6 series and losing 11.

    For some reason, the NL just can't match up against the AL. Perhaps the AL has better pitching which makes the AL hitters better and they can dominate the NL. I have no explanation for this trend though.


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    Re: What's wrong with the National League?

    Quote Originally Posted by cardinal&gold View Post
    Cards took 2 of 3 games from the Red Sox, at Fenway, and could/should have swept them (lost in 13 innings in Game 3). They gave Dice-K his first loss of the season on Saturday, chased him after just 1 inning. And Papelbon blew his first save of the year at home yesterday.

    But you're right, only the Cubs are good.
    The Cards also got swept at home by my Royals. Let's not pick and choose here.

    The AL has pounded the NL in interleague for a long time.



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    Re: What's wrong with the National League?

    I think part of it is due to payrolls. The AL outspends the NL. By A LOT.

    MLB Baseball - CBSSports.com Live Scores, Stats, Schedules

    5 of the top 6 payrolls in baseball are AL teams.



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    Re: What's wrong with the National League?

    Quote Originally Posted by BryceC View Post
    The Cards also got swept at home by my Royals. Let's not pick and choose here.

    The AL has pounded the NL in interleague for a long time.
    Maybe it's just me but it seems like the Cards have a hard time with bad teams (not sayin the Royals are bad) just sayin.



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    Re: What's wrong with the National League?

    Quote Originally Posted by cycloneworld View Post
    I think part of it is due to payrolls. The AL outspends the NL. By A LOT.

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    5 of the top 6 payrolls in baseball are AL teams.



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    Re: What's wrong with the National League?

    There are alot of factors that go into the Interleague records. First is the stupid way they do the matchups, I don't know who decided this was fair/smart... Plus, when they are going into an AL park, the AL team already has a DH, likely one of their better hitters. The NL team adds a weaker hitter to their lineup, normally a utility guy with little pop.



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    Re: What's wrong with the National League?

    Quote Originally Posted by cardinal&gold View Post
    Cards took 2 of 3 games from the Red Sox, at Fenway, and could/should have swept them (lost in 13 innings in Game 3). They gave Dice-K his first loss of the season on Saturday, chased him after just 1 inning. And Papelbon blew his first save of the year at home yesterday.

    But you're right, only the Cubs are good.
    I debated on including the Cardinals...I like the Cardinals, they are my NL team...but I think they are for the most part a one man offense with a bunch of recycled pitchers that would never cut it again in the AL. (see Kyle Lohse, Joel Pinero...Duncan must be a genius)

    But, I'm not going to debate just the Cards because I'm really trying to point out a systematic trend over a period of time between two leagues that has been trending very poorly for the NL.



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    Re: What's wrong with the National League?

    Quote Originally Posted by cygrads View Post
    Maybe it's just me but it seems like the Cards have a hard time with bad teams (not sayin the Royals are bad) just sayin.
    It's not just you. Prior to being swept by the Royals, the last series that the Cards lost was to Pittsburgh. But they won something like 8 consecutive series both those two.



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    Re: What's wrong with the National League?

    Quote Originally Posted by cybsball20 View Post
    There are alot of factors that go into the Interleague records. First is the stupid way they do the matchups, I don't know who decided this was fair/smart... Plus, when they are going into an AL park, the AL team already has a DH, likely one of their better hitters. The NL team adds a weaker hitter to their lineup, normally a utility guy with little pop.

    I can't say I've followed baseball close enough to know this... would that be offset by pitchers that can't bat when the AL travels to NL? or is it still a greater advantage to the AL to have a DH?


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