AL winning to form against NL

May 17, 2008 7:13 PM

by Mark Mayer | For the past three years the American League has dominated the National League in interleague play. After one day this season, so far so good if you bet the AL. Of the 12 matchups on Friday (two were rained out), the AL won seven, including three of four in its home stadiums.

That pattern follows a trend since the 2005 season with AL teams winning over 63 percent of their home games (240-138) in interleague play, while winning just under 50 percent (187-191) on the road. On Friday, the AL was 4-4 in NL parks. Overall since 2005, the AL has a 98-game edge over the NL (427-329) for a 56 percent winning percentage.

The AL winners Friday included the surprising Tampa Bay Rays, whose 25-17 record is the league’s best. The Rays won at St. Louis and improved to 7-2 in games started by Andy Sonnanstine. On the flip side, Colorado lost 4-2 at home to Minnesota and dropped to 1-8 in starts by Ubaldo Jimenez.

The weekend series continue through Sunday, featuring rivalry matchups between the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers, the Los Angeles Dodgers and LA Angels, along with the New York Mets and NY Yankees.

It’s AL vs AL and NL vs NL again on Monday. Interleague play will resume June 13 for 16 days, concluding for the season on Sunday, June 29.