Thoughts on interleague play
The Milwaukee Brewers recent series against the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays have not gone terribly well. The Brewers are 2-4 to start their interleague season and have the Twins and Yankees on the horizon.
While the idea of interleague play is intriguing, there are obvious pitfalls which will likely have an affect on playoff races.
The biggest issue is lack of balance. The Brewers schedule is far more daunting than their division opponents. While the Brewers have the Red Sox, Rays, Yankees and Twins, the Cardinals face the Royals, Blue Jays, Orioles and Rays. No need to point out the differences here...it's way off kilter.
The NFL system of one division playing the other is far more logical. All teams from the NFC North play all the teams in the AFC South for example. It's balanced. It's logical. It works. I don't think that same model can be replicated to a "T" in baseball, but I do believe there is a way to strike a better balance with interleague scheduling per division.
Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke is not a fan of the schedule either. Following game three of their series against the Rays, Roenicke said, "It's not fair. Interleague play is not fair. That's all there is to it."
As for playing both on the road in Boston and New York, Roenicke said, "For me, they're the two toughest road teams to play."
The schedule is what it is, but I can honestly say I'd feel no different if it were the Brewers who had a cake schedule and the Cardinals were traveling into the toughest ball parks in baseball to play.
Idea - good.
Execution - bad,