06/28/2010 12:55 PM ET
2010 Interleague average attendance up 17.8 percent over Intraleague
A.L. tops N.L. for seventh consecutive season in Interleague Play
Major League Baseball drew 8,379,834 fans during Interleague games this season for an average of 33,253 per game. The 2010 Interleague average is 17.8 percent higher than this season's current intraleague average of 28,233 per game. Since its inception in 1997, Interleague Play has drawn 12.0 percent more fans than intraleague games; Interleague Play has averaged 33,261 fans per game, compared to the intraleague average of 29,711 fans per game during the same span.
The American League posted a 134-118 record in Interleague Play, marking the seventh straight season in which the A.L. has won the season-series and extending its all-time Interleague lead to 1,808-1,652 (.523). A.L. Clubs posted six of the top seven Interleague records this season. The A.L. collected a .269 batting average with 1,168 runs scored, 233 home runs and a 4.16 ERA, compared to the N.L.'s .251 batting average, 1,098 runs scored, 242 home runs and 4.37 ERA.
The Chicago White Sox compiled a Major League-leading 2.76 ERA and finished with the top Interleague record at 15-3 (.833), followed by the Texas Rangers, who went 14-4 (.778), and then the Boston Red Sox and New York Mets, both of whom went 13-5 (722). Overall, A.L. West Clubs went 42-30 (.583) in Interleague Play, with three of its four Clubs playing over .500.
The New York Yankees, who were 11-7 in Interleague Play this year, have baseball's best all-time Interleague record at 144-102 (.585), followed by the Chicago White Sox at 143-104 (.579). The Florida Marlins, who went 7-8 in Interleague Play this year, still hold the National League's best all-time Interleague record at 127-107 (.543), followed by the St. Louis Cardinals at 109-96 (.532).
The 2010 offensive Interleague leaders included: Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers with a .472 batting average (min.: 50 at-bats) and 34 hits; Prince Fielder of the Milwaukee Brewers, Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles and Mike Napoli of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, all of whom hit seven home runs; and David Wright of the Mets with 24 RBI. The 24 RBI by Wright matched an N.L. record set by Florida's Hanley Ramirez in 2009. Frank Thomas holds the all-time mark with 26 RBI for the White Sox in 2000.
On the mound, White Sox pitchers led in three major pitching categories: Mark Buehrle (4-0) was the only pitcher to collect four victories; Jake Peavy compiled a 0.78 ERA in 23.0 innings over three games (min.: 18.0 innings pitched); and Bobby Jenks recorded eight saves. Jered Weaver of the Angels collected a Major League-best 37 strikeouts.
Interleague Play's all-time statistical leaders include Albert Pujols with a .347 batting average; Derek Jeter with 321 hits; Jim Thome with 57 home runs; Alex Rodriguez with 174 RBI; Buehrle and Jamie Moyer with 23 wins; David Wells with a 2.79 ERA; Randy Johnson with 309 strikeouts; and Mariano Rivera with 63 saves.