Posted 06/25/2008 at 02:09 PM
The National League appeared to fighting back in interleague play in the early action yesterday. The Pirates were crushing the Yankees, Arizona led on Boston, the Cardinals got up on Detroit and Florida led the Rays. The Pirates and Cardinals held on for the win but the other two games flipped and the rest of the night was filled with more wins for the American League. Only the Pirates, Giants, Cardinals, and Astros managed to win Tuesday as the AL went 10-4. So far in 2008 the AL leads interleague play 109-76, winning nearly 59 percent of the games.
Only the Blue Jays, Indians, and Mariners have losing records versus the NL and even the top NL teams have not been able to win these games. Six teams in the NL have winning overall records as of Wednesday morning but none of them are better than .500 versus the AL. Only the Mets, Braves, Reds, and Rockies have winning records versus the AL and Philadelphia, a team many consider one of the best in baseball features a 2-8 record against the AL.
Some things just don't change as Minnesota and Oakland are again among the interleague teams. The best interleague record actually belongs to the Kansas City Royals at 11-3 which is a harsh commentary on the NL as only Seattle has a worse overall record in the AL. More telling is that all eight teams in the AL with winning records, also have winning interleague records.