With the Giants’ impressive sweep of the 2012 World Series, the National League claimed its third straight championship. The senior circuit has won each of the last three All-Star Games, affording its membership home field advantage in all three World Series. They’ve then vanquished their cross-newspaper rivals each time, only once playing enough games to render that advantage meaningful. That’s 15 wins and four losses for the small-ballers when it counts.
The only argument against the Nationals’ dominance is those pesky interleague games in the regular season, of which the burly sluggers have won 53.8% (407-349) since 2010. The message is clear: the American League is assembling the talent to compete its double-switching counterparts, but the junior circuit lacks the grit, hustle, and determination to win when it matters.
I recommend that the AL trade for Marco Scutaro this offseason. And see if they can get David Eckstein back.