The Interleague Advantage?

It’s fun to note the disparity in “quality” between AL and NL teams. Fair? Perhaps. AL teams have a big advantage when teams play in AL parks, that advantage being the DH. NL teams don’t have them. Playing down a player at a power position is a big drawback, and the Yanks learned that, ironically, this week on their swing through the NL West. Miguel Cairo does not have the bat to play regularly at first base. Perhaps he has the bat to backup at 2nd–but probably not. The Yankee bench is a catastrophe. Chris Basak, Andy Philips, and Wil Nieves? In an NL park, and with a catcher who needs rest, having these players on the field translates into wins given away. Which is what happened this week, as the Yanks dropped 5 of 6. Alex and Derek can only do so much, and on some days they won’t do anything at all. This team looked ready for a 2nd half charge just a week ago. Then it left home with one hand tied behind its back. Not good.

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  • into wins given away. Which is what happened this week, as the Yanks dropped 5 of 6.
    Ah, so the Yankees gave the games away. They weren’t beaten. It was through the good will of their generous hearts (and the charitable sensitivities of their manager) that the Yankees handed games away. You mean that if they had just wanted to, they would have taken 5 of 6?
    I’ll assume you are writing figuratively.
    ;-)

    SF June 25, 2007, 1:34 pm
  • The only problem I have with this post is that the Sox are running guys out there right now that are hitting like pitchers also. Saturday was, by far, the hardest game for me to watch. You had Mirabelli, Lugo and the pitcher’s slot back-to-back-to-back. It was like having 3 pitchers hit in a row.
    If not for Coco’s semi-big week, it would have been a LONG week for us too.

    jp-sf June 25, 2007, 1:46 pm
  • YF you are correct on so many levels.
    1st – Miguel Cairo CANNOT help us win games. I don’t care that Girardi thinks he’s a Gold Glove caliber 1st baseman, he is an AWFUL hitter. At least with Dougie there was a hitter with a decent track record deep down inside.
    2nd – Why did Joe go with such an awful lineup Sunday? Knowing that we NEEDED a win. Kevin Thompson? Miguel Cairo? Wil Nieves? Did he really need to give Posada and Abreu off on the same day? Play Jorge at 1st, so it’s a slight break, play Abreu in Right and let Nieves catch. Nieves, Thompson and Cairo, add that to the pitcher’s spot and we have 5 guys hitting and 4 automatic outs.
    3rd – Joe please stop using important pieces of our starting pitching staff in relief! It’s going to come back to haunt us.

    John - YF (Trisk) June 25, 2007, 3:14 pm
  • Trisk,
    I couldn’t agree more about point #2 – when I heard the lineup on Sunday, I knew we were going to lose(Nieves has GOT to go. He sucks, plain and simple), however, I disagree about Cairo. While he won’t hit for average, he is often a tough out in a big spot – he can execute a grounder or a fly ball, and can lay down a nice bunt. (wasn’t the case Sunday unfortunately) Minky just doesn’t give you those things – this year he has basically stunk with the bat in his hands. IMO, hopefully we’ll never see him in a Yankee game again.

    Andrews June 26, 2007, 2:36 pm
  • I don’t follow your logic. I would think the advantage in an AL park goes to the NL team. For them, it’s like a bonus bat in the lineup; after all, nothing stops them from going ahead and having the pitcher hit anyway if they’ve got no one better. By contrast, the AL team suddenly has a hole in their lineup (and a BIG one, since the pitchers never hit) that they’re not accustomed to.

    AngelsFan June 26, 2007, 11:45 pm

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