LADY AT THE BAT: Those Weaker Sisters In The Senior Circuit

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Those Weaker Sisters In The Senior Circuit

With the Yankees clinching the Wild Card last night, the AL playoff picture is set, save for who'll have the best record, home-field advantage and the choice of days off. Not so in the NL. What the heck is going on over there?

I'll tell you what's going on. Someone always gets their feathers ruffled when it's pointed out that the American League is beter than the National League. Well, they might as well smooth out their ruffles because it's true. That's all there is to it. There's a very simple reason for it, too. Well, two actually: 1) The New York Yankees and 2) The Boston Red Sox. The other twelve teams know they have to compete with these two powerhouses and they try their best to do so, whether it's with their bank accounts or with strong farm systems.

Who in the NL is like the Yankees or Red Sox? The Mets? No, they're just pretenders. They pretend to be spenders, then fall into situations like the one they're in now, in danger of missing the postseason. If they had spent money on their bullpen (wisely, instead of paying Guillermo Mota) they might just have clinched the division by now. This is also the reason Willie Randolph will not be fired if the Mets do collapse. The Mets would have to eat the remainder of Willie's contract and, they're too cheap to do anything like that.

Needless to say, it'll be an exciting last couple of days of the season in the National League.

The Lady

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