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One little data point which is probably hugely significant: NL DH's typically hit pretty horridly: .234/.299/.389/.688 this year. Combine the fact that most NL teams probably don't have an elite bench hitter, and even if they do he isn't used to effectively pinch-hitting, and that's a pretty big handicap when an NL team is on the road.
Also, in actuality the 10-8 really should have been 11-7, because the Nationals got blatantly screwed out of a win in the middle game against the Yankees by a horrible call at home plate
We had this discussion a couple weeks ago and SG ran the numbers. At that point, the NL DH + pitchers were outhitting the AL DH + pitchers.
This year is anomalous in that typically the AL has had a slight edge when you total them, at least from 2008-2011.
NLP :.190/.241/.248, 11 BR
The Rockies were 2-13, and the Cubs were 5-10.
How do the records look if you take out the worst two teams in the NL and matchup the best 14 teams in the NL with the 14 AL teams ?
Does the fact that the NL has two more teams "dilute the talent in the league" ?
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