Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Players understand that interleague games are a unique experience, even if the majority would prefer to return to the way things were. Yet, as opposed to griping about how one team’s interleague schedule is more challenging than their division rivals, a record-based slate could start to quell those complaints while keeping the games more entertaining. The Yanks aren’t going to have much of a problem against a Washington Nationals team with the worst pitching staff in all of baseball, but neither fan base is particularly excited these games. Yet, if the Yanks traveled to St. Louis a team with a nearly identical record in 2008, then intrigue would grow beyond the historical factor of baseball’s most successful franchises going head-to-head.
Then again, it’s not as if bottom feeding doesn’t happen within your own league.
Maybe it’ll be a different tune if the Yanks would have won at least one game at Fenway Park last week as they have yet to beat the Boston Red Sox this season. The highs and lows – certainly lows this year – of facing the longtime rival take a lot of even the best team in the game, but to be followed by what seems to be a few sets against unnatural opponents seems a bit odd.