The American League went 134-118 in the 252 Interleague games. Much of the success vs. the baseball lines for the A.L. was due to the success of the White Sox and Red Sox.
Baseball odds favor the American League much of the time when they face the National League because of the recent dominance. The A.L. has not lost the season series against the N.L. since 2003. This year the American League can thank the Chicago White Sox who went an amazing 15-3 in Interleague play. The White Sox went from also-rans in the American League Central race to a contender because of their success in Interleague play.
The top hitter in Interleague action was Texas’ Josh Hamilton who hit .472 with 34 hits. New York Mets third baseman David Wright had 24 RBIs to lead all hitters in Interleague play. Chicago’s Mark Buehrle had the most wins with four in Interleague action while Jack Peavy had the lowest ERA at 0.78. Bobby Jenks had the most saves with eight.
The White Sox were unreal in Interleague play but some other teams also had great success vs. the baseball odds. The Boston Red Sox made a big run in the standings based on their Interleague record. Boston went 13-5 in Interleague play. The Texas Rangers went 14-4 in their 18 Interleague games.
Even with the White Sox, Red Sox and Rangers doing extremely well vs. the baseball lines, the A.L. just barely won the overall series. The New York Mets did well for the National League as they went 13-5.
Interleague play was not all good news for the American League as the Boston Red Sox suffered a number of injuries. They lost second baseman Dustin Pedroia, starting pitcher Clay Buchholz and catcher Victor Martinez due to injury. The Florida Marlins played poorly in Interleague play and they even went so far as to fire their manager Fredi Gonzalez.
We say so long to Interleague action for now. The American League and National League will not meet again until the World Series and a full slate of Interleague games will not occur again until next May.