It has its own rhythms, but baseball is a good substitute for cricket. You just have to learn to see runs as the hard things to get, like wickets, because, as you say, the balance is the other way.
There’s a lot to enjoy in a good batsman keeping a pitcher at bay for a long at bat, fouling away good pitches, trying to get him to use up his 100 or so pitches before they have to turn to the relievers.
It’s very much a pastime like cricket is, and its pace is much more like Test cricket than the 50 and 20 over versions. It’s definitely a lot less showy than T20, and all the better for it.
And you have the balance of the big hitters who get home runs but less frequently, vs. players like Ichiro who specialise in smaller in-field hits and getting on base.
What I’m saying is, it grows on you.