With Tuesday night’s 8-0 victory in the MLB All-Star game, the National League beat the American League for much more than World Series home-field advantage.
This resounding victory clearly demonstrated that the NL has, once again, become the dominant force in baseball.
They got it done both with the bats and on the mound, with eight different batters contributing hits and 11 pitchers combining for the shutout. It was a true team effort, one that should have left their AL counterparts greatly concerned for their All-Star future.
While MLB goes through great pains to remind fans that this game “counts,” it is important in the way it sets the tone for the rest of the season. Especially given how poorly they perform seemingly every season during interleague play, the NL teams need the boost of confidence that comes with such a strong victory.
By drubbing the AL in a “home game” for the Junior Circuit, the NL earned itself a great victory in its battle for MLB supremacy.
Here are five central reasons we can point to when examining how the NL regained control of MLB.