Originally Posted by GullyFoyle
I've been reading a lot lately about how much tougher it is to pitch in the AL than the NL. Particularly on one well known Boston message board. The examples cited are:
Bronson doing well in NL (which can't be right because the Redsox let him go)
Lowe doing well in NL (which can't be right because the Redsox let him go)
Pedro doing well in NL (which... you get the idea)
Beckett doing poorly in AL (...)
Pedro dominates everywhere, including in Boston over his 7-8 seasons. His final year in Boston was the only season he was above a 3 ERA.
Lowe had some good years in Boston and Chavez Ravine is a pitcher's nirvana
Let's hope Arroyo keeps kicking butt. Still incomplete, but looking good...
In the specific case of the Red Sox guys (Arroyo, Beckett, Lowe) there could be a pressure factor. Takes guys longer to adjust when they arrive and they benefit when going to lower key environs.
On the other side, don't forget the two studs from the A's Big Three who haven't dominated in the NL (Mulder's numbers are quite a bit worse and Hudson's numbers are slightly worse than his Oakland dominance -- 2006 not so hot)
IMO, doesn't seem to be a league-wide factor