Interleague recap

One of the most strange stats in the history of Interleague Play is this: the Astros have a 100-100 record against the American League. Of course, Interleague Play is over for another season (with the exception of a make-up game), and here is a recap courtesy of Major League Baseball:

With one game of Interleague Play remaining on the 2009 schedule (a make-up of the June 16th CHI-CWS rainout), the American League has posted a 137-114 record, marking the sixth straight season in which the A.L. has won the season-series and extending its all-time Interleague lead to 1,673-1,533 (.522).

Nine of the A.L.’s 14 Clubs finished over .500. A.L. Clubs collected a .263 batting average with 1,201 runsscored, 315 home runs and a 3.91 ERA, compared to the N.L.’s .257 batting average, 1,061 runs scored,249 home runs and 4.46 ERA.

Major League Baseball drew 8,371,002 fans during Interleague games this season for an average of 33,351 per game. The 2009 Interleague average is 16.1 percent higher than this season’s current intraleague average of 28,727 per game. Since its inception in 1997, Interleague Play has drawn 12 percent more fans than intraleague games; Interleague Play has averaged 33,260 fans per game, compared to the intraleague average of 29,706 fans per game during the same span.

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, who scored a Major League-leading 118 runs, earned the top Interleague record with a 14-4 (.778) mark, followed by the Tampa Bay Rays, who went 13-5 (.722), and the Minnesota Twins, who were 12-6 (667). Overall, A.L. East Clubs went 52-38 (.578) in Interleague Play,with three of its five Clubs going 11-7 or better. The New York Yankees, who were 10-8 in Interleague Play this year, have baseball’s best all-time Interleague record at 133-95 (.583), followed by the Minnesota Twins at 132-96 (.579). The Colorado Rockies recorded the N.L.’s best Interleague mark with an 11-4 record,followed by the Florida Marlins, who were 10-8. The Marlins still hold the National League’s best all-time Interleague record at 120-99 (.548).

The Interleague leaders in 2009 were Casey McGehee of the Milwaukee Brewers with a .429 batting average (min.: 3.1 PA per team’s games played); Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners with 33 hits; Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals with nine home runs; Hanley Ramirez of the Florida Marlins with 24 RBI; Aaron Cook (3-0) and Jason Hammel (3-0) of the Colorado Rockies, Tommy Hanson (3-0) of the Atlanta Braves, Felix Hernandez (3-0) of the Seattle Mariners, J.P. Howell (3-0) and Andy Sonnanstine (3-1) of the Tampa Bay Rays, Rick Porcello (3-0) of the Detroit Tigers, Kevin Slowey of the Minnesota Twins (3-1) and Tim Wakefield (3-0) of the Boston Red Sox with three wins each; Felix Hernandez with a 0.84 ERA (min.: 1.0 IP per team’s games played); and Huston Street of the Colorado Rockies with eight saves.

Interleague Play’s all-time statistical leaders include Albert Pujols with a .355 batting average; Derek Jeter with 303 hits; Jim Thome with 56 home runs; Alex Rodriguez with 163 RBI; Mike Mussina with 21 wins; Freddy Garcia with a 2.57 ERA; and Mariano Rivera with 59 saves.

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