Hit ball, throw ball, catch ball?

Jun 13, 2009 7:55 PM
by Mark Mayer | American League dominance over the National League has been across the board, whether it’s during the regular season, the All-Star Game or recent World Series results. But not until Friday night did the NL lose one on a dropped pop up to second base with two out in the ninth.

That was the fate of the New York Mets and closer Frankie Rodriguez, who failed to save a game for the first time this season when an apparent 8-7 victory became a 9-8 defeat to the Yankees. Second baseman Luis Castillo dropped a routine pop fly with two out and compounded the mistake by throwing to second base, which allowed Mark Teixeira to score all the way from first with the winning run.

The result wiped out what would have been a perfect trifecta in GamingToday’s Play of the Day selections, which had the Mets as a +220 underdog coupled with the Colorado Rockies (a 6-4 winner over Seattle) and the +170 Pittsburgh Penguins (a 2-1 winner over Detroit to take the Stanley Cup). The Penguins victory marked the first time in over 30 years that a road team had won a Game 7 in a championship series.

That said, in baseball the AL enjoyed a 9-5 edge over the NL in the first night of the final batch of interleague matchups which end June 28. The AL now owns a 29-20 advantage over the NL overall, having led 22-20 after the first installment of interleague contests.

A trend to the under continued with a 7-5-2 edge Friday including Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum’s 3-0 shutout for San Francisco over rival Oakland and rookie Vin Mazzaro, who had not allowed an earned run in two previous starts. The under now holds a commanding 35-19-2 advantage in interleague action.

Another intriguing interleague stat involves the Los Angeles Dodgers, who were blanked 6-0 at Texas last night. The Dodgers, who have the best record in baseball, are an anemic 5-23 in AL ballparks since 2005.

Saturday’s matchups feature five games with projected totals of 10 or above:

• Mets at Yankees with the new Yankee Stadium yielding more than 100 homers thus far, including four last night.

• Cardinals at Indians with Cleveland’s 35-26-2 record to the over the best in the majors.

• Nationals at Rays with Washington’s pitching staff allowing a major league worst 5.7 runs per game.

• Red Sox at Phils with Boston and Philly ranked No. 3 and 4 in the majors in scoring.

• Mariners at Rockies with Colorado’s Coors Field the previous launching pad for homers before the new Yankee Stadium.