5-22-2010: The good and bad news about Inter-League play


First, the good news. The AL as a whole has rocked in Inter-League play. Over the past 5 years, we have a .566 winning percentage against the senior circuit. Even better, the Red Sox have capitalized on their opportunities the most of any team, boasting a .689 winning percentage from 2005-2009. If there’s a time for us to make up some ground in the standings, it is now.

Now the bad news. Seems the schedulers conspired against us this year: the Red Sox have the 5th toughest schedule out there, by degree of difficulty, according to Marc Normandin. We play the Phillies (twice), while Tampa Bay (15th toughest) and New York (23rd toughest) take on the cream puffs of the NL. Just figures in a year like we’re having.

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One Response to 5-22-2010: The good and bad news about Inter-League play

  1. redsoxtalk says:

    Pretty cool article that considers why the AL may be dominant in recent years:
    http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=10711

    For those without a paid BP membership: it’s mainly better scouting and spending on the draft.

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