American League All Stars
American League batting line-up
Don Mattingly, George Bell, & Jose Canseco form the heart of the batting order. Surprisingly so, the American League's line-up is not that formidable from top to bottom....especially compared to the National League.
Willie Randolph is one of the worst lead-off hitters. Cal Ripken offers little support for Canseco in the 5th spot, as he is merely an average power hitter.
The bottom of the order is devoid of power and speed. Not a good combo for your 6-8 hitters. The common misconception is that the American League has a dominant line-up & it's just not true.
American League bench players
The A.L. bench does offer some saving grace. When factoring in the 64 point pinch hit power bonus, Mark McGwire becomes the most powerful hitter in the game in his 1st at bat. Putting him in at lead-off gives the A.L. a power packed top of the order.
The rest of the bench lacks power, but Julio Franco & Paul Molitor are fast base runners & decent addition to sub in for Schroeder's spot.
American League pitching staff
The A.L. has what many consider the 2nd best pitching staff in R.B.I. Not every team has 2 dominant starters, but the A.L. does with the legendary side arm Brett Saberhagen.
While neither Dave Righetti or Tom Henke are dominant, they both possess above average ability, & can lock down the save for the starters.
American League analysis
The video below features commentary taken from the TecmoBowl-vs-RBI podcast, as Brad & Nate took an in-depth look at the A.L. & their batting order.