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By Marc Lawrence
The interleague portion of the 2012 MLB schedule starts this weekend and we’re here to give you a quick review of what has happened along and what we can expect in the immediate future.
For openers, the American League looks to maintain its domination over the National League. The Junior Circuit holds an all-time 1937-1773 advantage over the Senior Circuit, while having won the overall head-to-head matchups each of the last eight years.
In this weekend’s edition of the Cheat Sheet we first focus on two rivalry series. In addition, we’ve updated the records of the best and worst performers in the history of interleague play. Keep in mind that all pitcher records are team start results and MRT (Most Recent Trends) unless noted otherwise.
Chicago White Sox at Chicago Cubs
Most recent series result: White Sox 14-6 last 20 games vs. Cubs.
Most recent series result at the site: Cubs 9-6 last 15 games home vs. White Sox.
Best arm in the series: Jake Peavy 8-3, 2.62 ERA career vs. Cubs.
Worst arm in the series: Matt Garza 1-6, 5.17 ERA career vs. White Sox.
Best May pitcher in the series: Peavy 6-1, 3.60 ERA.
Worst May pitcher in the series: Chris Volstad 0-5, 5.25 ERA.
Boston Red Sox at Philadelphia Phillies
Most recent series result: Red Sox 13-7 last 20 games vs. Phillies.
Most recent series result at the site: Red Sox 13-6 last 19 away vs. Phillies.
Best arm in the series: Jon Lester 3-0, 0.43 ERA vs. Phillies.
Worst arm in the series: Joe Blanton 1-6, 5.49 vs. Red Sox.
Best May pitcher in the series: Cole Hamels 15-2, 3.06 ERA.
Worst May pitcher in the series: Vance Worley 1-3, 7.20 ERA.
Best all-time interleague teams
1. New York Yankees 157-107 .595
2. Chicago White Sox 153-11 .580
3. Los Angeles Angels 152-114 .571
4. Boston Red Sox 150-115 .566
5. Minnesota Twins 148-116 .561
Worst all-time interleague teams
1. Pittsburgh Pirates 81-130 .384
2. Baltimore Orioles 115-150 .434
3. San Diego Padres 105-134 .439
4. Kansas City Royals 120-153 .440
5. Cincinnati Reds 97-123 .441
Active interleague career wins
1. Mark Buehrle, Marlins 23-6
2. Jamie Moyer, Rockies 23-15
3. Freddy Garcia, Yankees 21-8
4. Johan Santana, Mets 20-11
5. Livan Hernandez, Braves 20-18
Active Interleague career ERA
1. David Wells, Cubs 2.74
2. Freddy Garcia, Yankees 2.92
3. Johan Santana, Mets 3.02
4. Roy Halladay, Phillies 3.24
5. Mark Buehrle, Marlins 3.34
Active Interleague batting average
1. Albert Pujols, Angels .347
2. Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners .338
3. Derek Jeter, Yankees .332
4. Nick Markakis, Orioles .328