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Best in the(Inter)league

By KEVIN KELLY

© St. Petersburg Times,
published July 22, 2001


When the Rays won two of three against the Braves last week in their final interleague series of the season, it raised eyebrows. The worst team in the majors looked remarkably better against NL teams. How much better? They're actually over .500.

As the final tally below shows, it's not always a division's top team that excels when AL meets NL. In fact, of the five teams with the best interleague winning percentage in the majors this season, only the Mariners are leading their respective division. The Marlins have perfected this interleague thing. They have the best interleague record in the majors (51-33) since the format debuted in 1997:

AL vs. NL in 2001

(club, W-L,pct.)

1. White Sox,12-6,.667

Mariners,12-6,.667

Athletics,12-6,.667

4. Yankees,10-8,.556

Red Sox,10-8,.556

Rays,10-8,.556

Tigers,10-8,.556

Angels,10-8,.556

9. Twins,9-9,.500

10. Blue Jays,8-10,.445

Royals,8-10,.445

Rangers,8-10,.445

13. Indians,7-11,.389

14. Orioles,6-12,.333

TOTALS,132-120, .524

* * *

NL vs. AL in 2001

(CLUB, W-L, pct.)

1. Marlins,12-6,.667

Giants,10-5,.667

Astros,9-6,.60

5. Mets,10-8,.556

6. Cardinals,8-7,.533

Pirates,8-7,.533

8. Braves,9-9,.500

9. D'backs,7-8,.467

10. Expos,8-10,.444

11. Dodgers,6-9,.400

Padres,6-9,.400

13. Phillies,7-11,.389

14. Brewers,5-10,.333

15. Reds,4-11,.267

16. Rockies,2-10,.167

TOTALS,120-132, .476

- Compiled by Kevin Kelly.

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