Sports Illustrated, July 4-11, 2011, p. 37


Field Leveled

“With offense at historically low levels, 20 teams are still in the playoff hunt as the season hits its midpoint.”, by Tom Verducci.

Usually, this field idiom is used as the following: a level playing field, level the field, etc., not a heading such as field leveled.  But in this case, there are, according to the author, “no dominant teams capable of pulling away from the pack, but an abundance of thoroughly decent, if indistinguishable, teams that can hang around the pennant race with the help of the worst run-scoring environment in two decades.”



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