Re: NL vs AL (AL More Difficult)
posted at 10/23/2013 8:45 AM EDT
In response to Harvey-Wallbanger's comment:
I don't see a thread on this, so I figured I'd start one. This premise still exits, IMO.
The simple fact is, AL teams need better pitching to deal with bigger payrolls, deeper and stronger lineups, obviously all tied to the DH.
STLs top end of the staff is very good, obviously, as is their pen, but that work is all done up against awful teams like the Cubs or Brewers or over-achieving clubs and lineups in that division like the Pirates or Reds.
STL will not be facing the Pirates or Dodgers here. There is no crap 8 hitter or a pitcher you have to face.
So, while I have great respect for the Cardinals, think their staff and pen is as good as any we've seen in the postseason, we jus saw the sox win a series without really hitting at all and they won it in 6.
I think this goes 7 and the Sox win it, but I am very surprised how these elements have been ignored by the national media so far.
In recent years, when the Giants have won for example, like over Texas or Detroit, those Giants teams got hot and had comparable pitching staffs.
But, a Tigers lineup or a Rangers lineup was never quite like this lineup here.
There was no Ortiz or the depth that our lineup has. Heck, even the bench with a Nava or Gomes, even a great Mike Carp is a pinch hitter, speaks to the balance and depth of this team. Also, the Sox have homefield which is huge.
The cards have a deeper pen, but that's really the only advantage they have on paper in this series, IMO. Manager, too. But, that's it.
That is depend who is the DH. If this DH cant play anywhere and he is the best hitter, then that is a big loss.
But if you look at world series winner since 1994 (1994 season was cancelled), NL and AL splitted evenly for the world series winner. So therefore, it is not much difference.
IT is all about who have the best pitchings and who have more clutch hitters on the roster.