MLB: Why can’t the NL beat the AL?

By Craig Filazzola, WSOE Sports Director 

It’s the question we all have been trying to answer.  The National League didn’t help its cause Tuesday night when it lost to the American League 4-3 in the All-Star game. 

We can come up with all of the different theories, but we probably won’t get that far.  The AL simply has had the better players.  Let’s face it.  The AL players have made more big plays than the NL players.  This isn’t the worse thing in the world, much less in baseball.

In the last four All-Star games, the AL has only won by one run.  It also won 7-5 in 2005 and 7-6 in 2003.  The NL isn’t exactly getting crushed in these games.  It just doesn’t make the clutch plays when it needs to. 

Here’s the margin of victory in the AL’s last 12 wins.
One run – 5
Two runs – 2
Three runs – 3
Four runs – 0
Five runs – 2

The All-Star games have always gone in waves.  Just take a look at these stats. 
Since 1997:  AL is 12-0-1
Since 1988:  AL is 18-3-1
From 1972-1982:  NL was 11-0
From 1963-1970:  NL was 8-0
From 1933-1949:  AL was 12-4

Notes:
– The All-Star games started in 1933
– 1945 was the only year a game wasn’t held
– From 1959-1962, there were two All-Star games in each year
– The NL leads 41-37-2 in games

Contact Information:
Craig Filazzola
WSOE Sports Director
cfilazzola@elon.edu

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