NL ends AL's 14-year Interleague win streak

Clinches better head-to-head record for first time since 2003

September 19th, 2018

The American League may have won its sixth straight All-Star Game in July, but the National League can now say that an even longer streak has been put to rest.

As first noticed by writer Jeff Sullivan at FanGraphs, the NL has clinched this year's Interleague series over the AL for the first time since 2003. The NL is 152-139 over its counterpart with six Interleague matchups remaining. The NL dominated the early years of Interleague Play, winning the first three seasons and four of the first seven after the games debuted in 1997, but was 0-for-the-last-14 entering this season. The AL also outscored the NL in each of those 14 seasons, proving its streak was no fluke. But the NL had outscored AL clubs 1,283-1,219 in head-to-head competition this season entering Wednesday's action.

One could make the argument that the NL's bench is a little deeper this season. While the top-heavy AL could feature as many as four 100-win clubs, it also includes two teams in the Orioles and Royals that are both on pace to record franchise-worst seasons. Meanwhile, 10 of the 15 NL clubs currently have winning records and five still have a feasible chance for a Wild Card spot.

Below are the head-to-head records for each season of Interleague Play since it began in 1997:

2018 (through Tuesday): NL over AL, 152-139

2017: AL over NL, 160-140

2016: AL over NL, 165-135

2015: AL over NL, 167-133

2014: AL over NL, 163-137

2013: AL over NL, 154-146

2012: AL over NL, 142-110

2011: AL over NL, 131-121

2010: AL over NL, 134-118

2009: AL over NL, 138-114

2008: AL over NL, 149-103

2007: AL over NL, 137-115

2006: AL over NL, 154-98

2005: AL over NL, 136-116

2004: AL over NL, 127-125

2003: NL over AL, 137-115

2002: NL over AL, 129-123

2001: AL over NL, 132-120

2000: AL over NL, 136-115

1999: NL over AL, 135-116

1998: AL over NL, 114-110

1997: NL over AL, 117-97