AL Wins Interleague Season Series For The 11th Straight Year Over NL!
The American League won the season series from the National League for the 11th straight year Thursday night.
By virtue of the Orioles sweeping the Reds in a 3 game Interleague series, it netted the AL a 151 – 128 lead on the campaign, and guarantees the Junior Circuit of a winning year on a 300 game series.
The last time the NL won the season series was in 2003.
This is bad news for those fans looking for an alternative of “home field advantage” in the World Series based on AL vs NL for a year by year basis. Once again, that honor should go to the team with the best record – and not the winners of the “Midsummer Classic”.
For a brief period in 2014, the NL held a 26 – 17 advantage in May, however have gone 102 – 134 since that day.
The AL’s dominance is also showing up in the runs scored department, with them featuring a Run Differential of +93 (1212 – 1119).
This weekend’s 3 game set of games between the Giants and Tigers is a 2012 World Series rematch, and may just seal the fate for the two teams, as both are fighting for playoff berths.
The AL have won 13 out of the 17 years for Interleague play. The American League has also won every year since the start of the 2004 year.
ALL – Time Interleague Results Year by Year
1997: NL won 117 – 97 (.547) NL up yearly series 1 – 0
1998: AL won 114 – 110 (.509) Yearly series tied 1 – 1
1999: NL won 135 – 116 (.538) NL up yearly series 2 – 1
2000: AL won 136 – 115 (.542) Yearly series tied 2 – 2
2001: AL won 132 – 120 (.524) AL up yearly series 3 – 2
2002: NL won 129 – 123 ( .512) Yearly series tied 3 – 3
2003: NL won 137 – 115 (.544) NL up yearly series 4 – 3
2004: AL won 127 – 125 (.504) Yearly series tied 4 – 4
2005: AL won 136 – 116 (.540) AL up yearly series 5 – 4
2006: AL won 154 – 98 (.611) AL up yearly series 6 – 4
2007: AL won 137 – 115 (.544) AL up yearly series 7 – 4
2008: AL won 149 – 103 (.591) AL up yearly series 8 – 4
2009: AL won 154 – 98 (.611) AL up yearly series 9 – 4
2010: AL won 138 – 114 (.548) AL up yearly series 10 – 4
2011: AL won 134 – 118 (.532) AL up yearly series 11 – 4
2012: AL won 142 – 110 (.611) AL up yearly series 12 – 4
2013: AL won 154 – 146 (.513) AL up yearly series 13 – 4
2014: AL Will win for the 11th straight year – yearly season series AL Up 14 – 4
THU SEPT 4 2014 Results:
BAL 9 CIN 7
2014 – AL UP currently 151 – 128 (.541)
ALL Time: AL leads the NL 2341 – 2117 (.525)
Current Series FRI Sept 5th – Sun Sept 7th, 2014: Giants @ Tigers
As of right now, San Francisco holds a 3 game edge over the 2nd Wild Card slot holders, which are the Braves and Brewers. The Giants are still within just 2 games of the NL West leading Dodgers.
The Tigers have a slimmer margin of lead in their 2nd Wild Card Spot, with the Seattle Mariners just a half game back, and tied in the Loss Column. The M’s are in Texas for 3 more games this weekend.
The American League has shown that it is much easier to field a DH in a defensive position, while the NL struggles to find that offensive weapon that can help them in an American league Park.
Each ballclub plays 20 Interleague games right now, and 10 in the opposite league.
The debate will heat up for AL vs NL when the new CBA is collectively bargained after the 2016 campaign. Many fans are asking for one rule in Interleague play for both teams.
Also as a proponent of more games between the American League and National League – to promote the talent of players between the leagues, I would love to see them expand the number of games to 50.
Of course that will never happen at all. But please increase the games by at least a few, than I could see certain NL teams more than just once every 6 years.
For those folks looking to abolish the DH once and for all, that will also never happen – since the MLBPA would never allow jobs to be taken away from its brethren.
Maybe if the MLB would allow each team to expand their Rosters to 26 or 27 players, that may possible.
As someone who lives near Seattle, and much like a lot of people living out west, sometimes the nearest opposite league team is hundred of Miles away to watch.
I am in favor of each team playing at least all other 29 clubs once per year.
No franchise’s ballpark should go more than 2 years without seeing one team visit it.
I may even in the minority on that opinion.
The NHL and NBA have adopted such a rule for that. The National Basketball Association does it one better, with at least one home and away contest per calendar year.
The NHL uses my notion of every 2 years each team must play at least one game in another club’s arena.
MLB fans should not use the NFL as a comparison – as it only has 16 games per year.
With 162 games to play, there could easily be enough room to see 50 games in Interleague for each squad. It would still represent less than a 1/3rd of a team’s total schedule.
My idea would be like this
A team plays 162 games
50 in Interleague. 3 games versus 10 other league teams that are not in your region ex… AL East vs NL Central and NL West. that is 10x 3 games to equal 30. You would play your rival league division 4 times each (2 home and 2 away format, or 4 game homestands in alternating years.
This would leave 112 games left on the schedule.
play your own division 11 times each (4×11=44)
play your own league (non div) 6 times each (10×60)
This would leave 8 games left on the docket.
All 30 teams would have their designated rivalry games for 8 games each. whether both were in the same division or league for that matter.
NYY/NYM, LAA/LAD, CHC/CWS, OAK/SF, SD/SEA, COL/ARI, STL/KC, MIL/MIN, TB/MIA, HOU/TEX, CLE/PIT, TOR/DET, WSH/BAL, PHI/BOS, CIN/CLE.
The 2015 schedule will be coming out in about a week. and it rumored to have all East, West and Central teams playing each other. This is good for geographic reasons.
Under my proposal, you could see these teams once a year for 2 games at home if the MLB could facilitate the changes. A team like Seattle could see Arizona, San Diego, Colorado, Los Angeles and San Francisco at their home park every year.
Keep in mind that a lot of these fanbases could easily make the trek to Seattle in this type of scenario. A short plane flight is all that is needed, with not much (if any) time zone changes.
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