AL is better because of the Yankees

Updated: June 28, 2005, 1:48 AM ET
By Rob Neyer | ESPN Insider
Well, it's over. Those interleague "standings" that you'll find on the better pages? Beginning today, they'll not change, because with the exception of the All-Star Game and the World Series, the Nationals and Americans will battle no more in 2005.

What have we learned? At first glance, perhaps we've learned that the American League is simply stronger than the National League. This year the Americans won 54.4 percent of interleague games, which might not seem so impressive unless you know we're talking about 239 games. And if the American League really is the better league, why would it be? My chief suspicion, for some time now, is that more good players have migrated from the National League to the American than vice versa.

It's true that: 1) in 2002, the two best pitchers in the National League were Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling; and 2) in 2005, both Johnson and Schilling are employed by American League outfits. Of course, it's also true that in 2005, Johnson and Schilling have combined for eight wins (and only two of those over the Nationals, both of them gems by Johnson earlier this month).


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