Friday, June 25, 2010

Do the Interleague matchups create a disadvantage for some?

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I gotta admit watching the Cubs take on the ‘South Siders’, the battle for DC, rematch of the JC walk-off jack, 1-70 series, and the original battle for New York between Dem’ Bums’ and the Bombers, even makes the baseball purist think it ain’t bad every once in a while to shake things up a bit. Unfortunately one of the drawbacks is that it would add too many games to have an NBA type format where every team sees each other at least once a year, so the divisions rotate and in some years that creates a decided advantage/disadvantage for some. Take the poor saps in the NL West who get the bad luck of the draw to get the toughest division in baseball this year. The Dodgers (1-8 in interleague play) can’t wait for the experiment to be over has when they started this latest interleague session they were in first place but trips to Boston and their rivalry series with the Angels have them two games out now, with the Yankees coming back to LA for the first time since the 88’ series for a 3-game set. I’ll concede that every team in the division has to match up with the same division but not everyone has to got to Fenway after their corresponding NBA franchise just pulled the 18th banner away from the Celtics. When it’s all over it will even out in the division but in years when some divisions are really down this could make all the difference when it comes down to home field advantage in the playoffs and as much as I like to see the ‘once every 7 years’ matchups I would much rather see my club with a better record and hosting a playoff series. Do you like inter-league play or how would you change it? Let us know here and in any of the quick links:

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