Without a designated hitter, baseball is played much differently in the National League. Managers often need to consider pulling pitchers in important offensive situations, rather than when they are failing on the mound. Pitchers will work around batters in order to face the opposing pitcher because they are often an easy out.
With the average pitcher hitting just .091 in baseball, it easy to see why getting to the No. 9 hitter is a big relief for most pitchers.
Still, there are a few pitching staffs in the National League that have proved to be dangerous both on the mound and at the plate.