Now that interleague play is in its 16th season, the luster may have worn off the whole thing. The good news is we have more than enough numbers to compile some solid betting statistics.
All but one of Friday’s 15 MLB matchups are of the interleague variety, so here’s a look at some interesting numbers centering on when the American League and the National Leagues clash.
52 percent – The American League has won 52 percent of all interleague games dating back to 1997 and was 131-121 (52 percent) in 2011. The AL was 24-18 during the first session of interleague play this year.
.258 – The American League had a .258 interleague batting average heading into this season’s play with 255 home runs.
.250 - The NL lags behind with a .250 interleague batting average and 208 homers.
.360 – Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia leads all hitters with a .360 batting average in interleague play (minimum 300 at-bats). Pedroia is looking to find his timing after missing about a week with a thumb injury. He’s hitting .291 with five homers and 22 RBI this season, while the Red Sox head into Friday’s game against Washington with a .566 interleague winning percentage, third best in the bigs.
3.56 – American League pitchers owned a 3.56 ERA in interleague play heading into this season.
4.00 – National League pitchers had a 4.00 interleague ERA ahead of 2012.
15 – The New York Mets and New York Yankees have played over the total in 15 of their last 22 meetings, and the Yankees have won four of their last five against the Mets.
9 – The San Francisco Giants have won nine of their last 11 interleague games.
3.02 – Johan Santana owns the third best all-time interleague ERA at 3.02, trailing only Freddy Garcia and David Wells. He’s scheduled to face the Yanks on the heels of his no-hitter.
2 – The Atlanta Braves have lost just two of their last 13 interleague games.