New Zealand Fan wrote:
I think the the NL is marginally a better league than the AL (Save the NL West, which is an embarrassment to baseball). The top hitters in the NL are equal to the top hitters in the AL, the only difference is the R/G is lower due to the pitchers hitting in the NL.
I disagree, the NL Central overall is weak as well. 4 of the 6 teams in that division are not playing .500 ball and those teams have only just got a winning record against the NL West.
And for the record the NL East division leader has a losing record this season against that embarrassment to baseball.
Also, when was the last time the NL beat the AL in the All Star game?
Ah, yes. The All-Star game. Because one game means everything.
It doesn't matter what the Braves record is against the NL West. What matters is that the entire NL West record is atrocious, period.
Aside from that... If you look at the top hitters in each league, I'd have to say that they're pretty comparable. Going from position to position:
C - Varitek alone pretty much wins this for the AL.
1B - Pujols and Lee. NL
2B - Give this one to the NL, and I'll tell you why. Soriano is the best second sacker in the majors for fantasy baseball but the fact that he gets on base at a 31.7% clip hurts his real-life value. Brian Roberts had a fluke first have and is coming back to earth. Polanco's one of the real gems here. Cantu's split time equally between second and third. Same with Figgins, but add in OF too. Iguchi is solid but not spectacular. After that there's nobody special. The NL has Kent, Utley, Giles, Biggio, Hall, Durham, Castillo,Counsell, and Loretta when healthy.
3B - Did I hear someone say AL MVP?
The problem with that is that while the AL has A-Rod, the NL has Ensberg, Wright, A-Ram, and Glaus. The edge goes to the AL, but it's almost even.
SS - Tejada and Young. AL
LF - Tough call. If Bonds were still around I'd say no contest, but I'm going to take the NL here anyway. The AL has the best one player (Man Ram) but the NL has Miggy, JayBay, Dunn, C. Lee, Floyd, Burrell, Guillen... etc.
CF - Beltran when healthy is the cream of the crop. Even without him, the NL has the advantage with Andruw and Griffey stacking up against Damon and Sizemore.
RF - It's Sheff vs. Abreu, and then Vlad impales everyone. Edge to the AL.
SP - I think it's safe to say the NL dominates here. Clemens, Carpenter, Pedro, Peavy, 'Trelle, Oswalt, Smoltz, Zambrano, Pettitte, Burnett, John Patterson, etc.
RP - I don't know much about middle relievers but at a quick rough glance 15 out of the top 25 holdsmen are from the NL. They usually don't face a pitcher, either.
CP - I call this one even.
So, by that count, we have the NL winning six rounds, the AL winning four rounds, and one round being called even. Gotta say the NL is a stronger league, IMO.