There's been a lot of talk recently about balancing the leagues and divisions, something that directly affects the NL Central since we are the six team division that along with the four team AL West throws everything off. I'm not entirely sure what the solution is but everyone seems set on moving Houston out west. It seems like a lot of travel for the team but that's the nature of being in the western half of the United States and the Rangers already do it so no big deal I suppose.
The real accomplishment though is the balancing of the schedule. While this would put 15 teams in each league and require one interleague series throughout the season so that every team is playing it would finally eliminate the extra in division games for the NL Central. Lately it's been a way to inflate the win total for the division winners seeing as how they get to play the Astros and Pirates a few extra times.
Really though my purpose for writing this today is this: F*** You Major League Baseball. You look at this interleague schedule for our division and see if anything sticks out:
MIL: @BOS, TBR, MIN, @NYY, @MIN
STL: @KCR, KCR, TOR, @BAL, @TBR
CIN: @CLE, TOR, NYY, @BAL, CLE
PIT: DET, @CLE, BAL, BOS, @TOR
CHC: @BOS, NYY, @CHW, @KCR, CHW
HOU: @TOR, @TEX, TBR, TEX, BOS
So this is the current version of balanced. It's the NL Central vs. the AL East this year. But the Brewers have to go play at Boston, at New York and they get the Rays at home. The only other team that plays Boston and New York is the Cubs but they got the Yankees at Home and they play at Kansas City for some reason.
I did realize this at the start of the year but didn't get in the mood to write about it until today.
Also why doesn't Pittsburgh get a home/away series with someone? I know they're the Pirates but at least pretend they matter.