After a lot of ups and downs on our rollercoaster ride of a confidence poll, we are at last seeing a respite from the stomach-turning shifts as fans settle in with almost the same score this week as they voted last week. Even the winning percentage seems to have taken a break as thesettled in at a couple games above .500. The confidence score came in at 72.75, up slightly from the 72.14 of last week.
I'll be honest, I'm a bit surprised. As knee-jerk as some people have been during the team's streaks to begin the season, I expected more of a bump last week when the Tigers moved into first, or more of a drop this week when they lost four out of six games in Colorado and Los Angeles.
Dare I say it? As the season matures, the fans seem to have a better grasp on how they believe things will wind up this season? I probably dare not say it. In reality, the big difference is probably less bitter votes showing up to hit the 0 as they fly by and run off to some website about football.
If there's one thing I have confidence in as Detroit has now wrapped up its road interleague schedule, it's the fact that the American League's rules are the ones the National League should adopt. Pitchers just shouldn't hit. They worked their way to the highest level of professional baseball in the world by throwing a ball really well, so we hand them a bat? Does that make any sense? Not to me it doesn't. I fail to see how this is a spectacle that could excite anyone.
It makes even less sense when the powers that be expect American League pitchers to bat during interleague play. It should tell the executives of the game something when some teams decide to just have their pitchers standing next to home plate letting pitches fly by as a way to minimize injury risk. At best, maybe they make weak offerings. So we have five AL teams who have not had a single interleague hit among them. (Two more haven't traveled to an NL park yet.) In fact, Tampa has 9 strikeouts in 14 at bats. The Yankees had 7 strikeouts out of 12 at bats. On the whole, AL pitchers are batting 081 this year. But don't worry, it's not a huge disadvantage. NL pitchers are hitting a whopping .134.
This is how the MLB highlights itself?