First off, here’s today’s lineup:
And, with a weekend to think about it, I’m starting to wonder why the NL West continues to take such a bad rapp. Sure, there isn’t a dominant team like there is in the NL East or Central, but to me, there just seems to be a ton of parity in the National League outside of the Mets.
Maybe it’s the East Coast bias that’s so evident in media coverage outside of California, but so many people like to rip on this division and say that it’s filled with a bunch of mediocre teams. Why is it, then, that the Dodgers, Diamondbacks and Rockies are second, third and fourth, respectively in the Wild Card race? As it stands right now, it would be hard to argue with anyone that the American League has been superior to the National League, but within the NL, there doesn’t seem to be much difference to me.
Take, for instance, this nugget from STATS Inc.
Best Run Differential – 2006 National League
Run Diff Record
Mets +94 66-44
Dodgers +45 56-55
Rockies +19 54-56
Entering play today, the NL East had just 270 total wins, compared to 277 for the West and 311 for the Central. Sure, the East teams have to play the Mets more regularly than the other divisions, but we’re not yet in the final six weeks when there’s so much intradivisional play.
At the end of the day, I guess this doesn’t really mean much, but I’m curious to see if everyone else thinks the NL West is as bad as others think it is or if there’s just a lot of evenly matched teams.
Going for an even 10 in a row…