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The Great Divide: AL vs NL Pitching

I was discussing Keith Ginter with a friend the other day, and he argued that his poor batting resulted from the adjustment to AL pitching. He claimed that it took more time to deal with the change than Ginter was given.

Most Baseball fans will tell you that American League and National League pitching are very different. We all know that the DH, and different styles of play effect how a pitcher goes about his job.

AL pitchers supposedly throw more breaking stuff and will face fewer weak hitters. NL pitchers are said to throw a lot more fastballs. It's also been said that a reliever's job is easier in the N.L.

But how much do these stereotypes hold true?

This is not the first time I have heard someone argue that a player's offensive decline might be explained by the difference between the two leagues pitching styles. But, does a National Leaguer have that much trouble hitting the breaking ball? And is an American Leaguer really that blown away by a good fastball? Futhermore how long should it take for a big leaguer to adjust?

I want to hear what AN has to say about this.

*note if your name is Keith Ginter you are not eligble to vote in the poll

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