Friday, May 22, 2009

MLB Interleague

MLB interleague play has begun. I have always enjoyed interleague play because there are usually more exciting games and we get to see different teams play ecah other instead of being stuck watching the same teams play over and over. There are a few interesting matchups. The Mets versus the Red Sox as well as the Phillies against the Yanks.

There are a few things that can be learned from interleague play. We get to see the teams who are really contenders and know how teams will fare if they make the playoffs. Baseball plays a lot of games, but most of them are against the same old teams. Within a division the teams play one another on average of 18 times. So in the AL East the five teams will on average play their division in 90 games, that is more than half of their games. For me as a baseball fan, I get tired of seeing the same teams play over and over. Interleague is a nice break to see some good action with teams that don't know each other very well.

The baseball season has had some surprises this year. The Jays are looking good and after 45 games are in first in the AL East. The Dodgers have done rather well since the departure of Ramirez and started the season out by setting a new record for consecutive home wins to start a season with 13 and still currently hold the MLB best home record at 17-3.

There have been a few disappointments especially with the Indians they are currently in last in their division. The Rays have not started like they finished last season and are going to have an extremely hard uphill battle just to make the playoffs. The Braves were said to be better than they are showing as well as the Cubbies. However, it is still early and there is a lot of baseball to be played. May the best team win! Go Giants!!

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