CadensDad wrote:I think AL Hitting seems better and the NL Pitchign seems better because of the DH spot. In NL Pitchers hit and that is looked at as a easy out or something. Plus most AL lineups have usually only 1 or 2 "easy outs" most NL teams have 3 sometimes 4.
The DH is a big help imagine if the EMts had a DH? Ortiz in the lineup with Delgado, Wright, Beltran and Reyes? Or Hafner in the line up with Pujols, Rolen or Edmonds?
I think DH plays a huge roll in numbers over all. When you ahve 9 hitters on a team or you face 8 hitters. It's only 1 but in most cases it's a HUGE difference.
In the NL the pitcher batting is 3 or 4 soft outs every game. It also affects the number 8 hitter as you can pitch him junk in situations to get to the designated out. If all it does is kill one rally that would otherwise not have been killed in the AL with a DH, it will have a signifcant effect on ERA. Historically in the recent past that has amount to about a 0.5 difference in the ERA.
It is why Clemns goes to the NL and his ERA drops under 3. Why Pettitte stepped it up, etc. The 2 name SPs this has not applied to have been Hudson and Mulder. Mulder collapsed his last year with Oakland. What Hudson's problem is I really have no idea.