Is Interleague Play Really That Entertaining?

This is the 15th year of Interleague Play. Outside of New York, Chicago, and possibly San Francisco and Oakland, are the matchups truly entertaining? The rivalry between the Yankees and the Mets always attracts a large following. Billed as the “Subway Series,” New Yorker’s look forward to the competition. The Cubs and White Sox may not have the most storied rivalry, but the competition is fierce.

Oakland and San Francisco are across the Bay from each other. The bragging rights are obvious. This season in particular with the Giants being the defending Champs. Overall, I think Interleague play has lost its luster. For example, the Detroit Tigers and Pittsburgh Pirates? Texas and Philadelphia? Seattle and San Diego? Minnesota and Arizona? Not interested. I’m sorry.

I will give credit to the Cincinnati and Cleveland series. This is only due to the Indians dominating the AL Central and the Reds are in the hunt for the NL.  I get Tampa Bay and Florida. However, the Rays seem to generate more interest from other AL East cities than Tampa Bay itself.

Washington and Baltimore draws my interest more simply due to geography. However, neither team brings charisma to the field or a winning record.

The Cubs and the Red Sox. Except for these being two of the oldest franchises and the Cubs ongoing quest for a World Series title, there is no significant interest for me. Although I do like the vintage uniforms in Fenway.

I would suspect I may feel differently if some teams were in tighter races. If there was more on the line. Unfortunately, at this time I can’t provide any good alternatives. I guess Interleague will have to stay.

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What’s Cooking in Cleveland?

Going into tonight, the Cleveland Indians have the best record in baseball at 26-14. Yes, those Cleveland Indians. I must admit, the only name on the roster that jumps out at me is Grady Sizemore. The one problem, he’s on the DL.

Good for Cleveland I say. The City of Cleveland seems to be the butt of every sports joke out there. You don’t want to be a Cleveland team. The Browns, not so much. The Cavaliers, well that’s been decided. For a number of years, the Indians were one of the worst teams in baseball. They simply couldn’t pull it together. Yet what an inspiration this season. As a Yankee fan, my perspective on money and the business of baseball may be slightly warped. However, for the longest time I have said payroll does not guarantee winning, let alone championships. The Indians are number 26 in payroll. Could my Yankees learn something? I digress.

While my Yankees are struggling to keep pace in the AL East, the Indians are the model by which all teams can be measured. They are not relying solely on the long-ball. They produce runs. Asdrubal Cabrera appears to be an emerging star. Prior to the season I picked the Twins to win the AL Central. I may have to recant that prediction. However, I will do so happily.

This is still mid-May and many things can happen over the course of the season. That being said, the Indians are here to stay this year. They will be a force in 2011. I don’t know what is cooking in Cleveland. Unless something completely unexpected occurs, the road to the World Series may just detour through Ohio.

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All statistical data from espn.go.com

Give the AL Central to the Twins

While the AL East will come down to the wire as usual, the Central will not be as dramatic. The Minnesota Twins will be the team to beat this season. Mauer, Morneau, Cuddyer, and Young will earn their salaries this season. Did I mention they have Francisco Liriano?

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The World Series

As the Regular Season comes to a close it is time to make the playoff picks and ultimately pick the teams who will meet in the World Series.

The Rays are Good. The Twins are good. The Yankees are good. However, at the end of the day I believe the Yankees, and I am not just saying this because I am a Yankee fan, will win the ALCS.

The National League is more open but not by much. The Giants are  good, as are the Phillies. The Reds, well good for them. However, at the end of the day, the Phillies will return to the World Series. Sorry Atlanta.

Next week we will break down the Yankes and the Phillies statistcally and pick our 2010 World Series Champion. Stay tuned…

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Twins? Rays? Small markets? Who knew?

The Tampa Bay Rays and the Minnesota Twins are proving that in the business of baseball, money isn’t everything. When fans look at the payrolls of teams like the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox there is an expectation of winning. So when, like the current Boston team, does not win, there is much disappointment. What does it say then when high payroll teams find themselves chasing small market teams like the Rays and Twins? Continue reading