by Mark Mayer | Not that five games settles the issue, but the American League’s edge in Interleague contests against the National League remains solid. The AL has won some 60 percent of games against NL teams over the past three years and thus far holds a 39-29 advantage. In the second installment of Interleague games that began Friday, the AL leads 17-10, including two-game sweeps by Baltimore, Tampa Bay, Minnesota, the New York Yankees and Oakland. The only 2-0 NL teams are Atlanta and Washington.
The success of home teams, however, has changed. During the first three-game installment, host teams were 24-17. Through the first two games on the second and last series of AL-NL matchups that run through June 29, road teams won 15 of 27 games including a 10-3 mark Saturday. One of the victorious road teams was the Yankees and first baseman Jason Giambi, whose attracted a surprising number of female admirers for a nonAstros player at Houston’s Minute Maid Park.
The AL went 9-5 on Friday and 8-5 Saturday with the Mets-Rangers game rained out in New York. The Mets, at 3-0, are the only unbeaten team in Interleague play, having won two earlier games against the Yankees. Next best are Baltimore, Boston and Atlanta all at 4-1. Milwaukee has the worst record at 0-5 after two losses to Minnesota and three earlier defeats against Boston.
As Interleague play continues Monday, some of the more enticing matchups feature the world champion Red Sox at NL East leading Philadelphia and the Mets visiting the AL West leading Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim. On Tuesday, the surprising Tampa Bay Rays host the Chicago Cubs, owners of baseball’s best record.