With the conclusion of last night’s game at Citi Field, the Yankees officially completed their slate of interleague contests for this season. Interleague play has traditionally been very, very, good to the Yankees, but this year they suffered from a tough draw. In addition to playing the Mets twice, as usual, the Yankees also drew the Reds and Braves at home, and the Braves and Nationals on the road. That meant the Yankees wound up playing the top team in the N.L. Central (at the moment), as well as the top three teams in the N.L. East. All four teams are above .500 as of this writing, and playing in Washington meant that the Yankees’ had to face the best starting rotation in baseball without the benefit of the DH.
A minor nuisance to the Yankees, who finish up their contests with the senior circuit with a fantastic 13-5 record. That’s a .722 winning percentage or, if you extrapolate out to 162 games, a 117 win pace. The Yankees outscored their N.L. foes 85-60, an even more impressive number when you remember that includes the 10 runs the Braves scored in the season finale of their series at Yankee Stadium last Wednesday. The Yankees won four of the six series they played, losing two out of three games to both the Reds and Braves at home. However, thanks to their sweep of the latter in Atlanta, only Cincinnati comes away having won more games of the Yankees than they lost. The Yankees went a very impressive 8-1 in National League stadiums, and had the tying run on first base in the only such game they lost, Friday night’s game at Citi Field.
All in all, I suspect that the Yankees are sad to realize there won’t be any more games with the N.L. this season (though I can’t help being thankful I won’t have to watch Ivan Nova bat anymore), though if it’s any consolation, they’re getting the next best thing this week: seven straight games with the A.L. Central. Continue reading Reflecting on the Yankees’ 2012 Interleague season