Graph of the Intermittent Time Period
The Phillies were swept in a short two-game series by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, or as the series has been more commonly referred to, “Mike Trout‘s Homecoming. Did you know that he is From Around Here? He lived in New Jersey and likes the Phillies and the Eagles. Maybe one day he can sign here, because he is from around here.”
It wasn’t exactly the Phillies’ finest showing. In game one, Cody Asche committed three errors, helping bork an otherwise wonderful start by Cliff Lee, who wound up losing to a guy who won his first Major League game. And in game two, the Phillies were shut out for the third time since May 5. Though there is no shame in being dominated by Garrett Richards because he’s a pretty good pitcher.
The loss drops the Phillies to 1-8 in interleague play so far this season. They won’t get another chance to improve that record until August when they play three games at home against the Houston Astros, two out West against the Angels, three at home against the Mariners, as well as three in Oakland against the Athletics in September. Even if the Phillies go 6-5 in the remaining 11 interleague games, they’ll still finish a disappointing 7-13. Sadly, that wouldn’t even be their worst interleague record in a season. Their current .111 winning percentage would be, however.
Historically, the Phillies have been a pretty awful team in interleague play with a .441 record overall (71 wins over 162 games) and .385 since 2006 (62 wins).
The Phillies’ .441 winning percentage overall in interleague play is the fourth-worst in baseball, ahead of only the Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres, and Pittsburgh Pirates:
The Phillies’ biggest interleague foe historically has been the Angels, having lost seven of eight to them. Next are the Seattle Mariners, losing seven of nine, followed by the Rays (7-14). The full list:
|Phillies Interleague Opponent||G||W||L||W-L%||RS||RA|
|Chicago White Sox||12||7||5||.583||68||64|
|Kansas City Royals||9||4||5||.444||45||64|
|Boston Red Sox||50||22||28||.440||228||286|
|New York Yankees||21||9||12||.429||108||116|
|Toronto Blue Jays||40||17||23||.425||187||203|
|Tampa Bay Rays||21||7||14||.333||98||110|
|Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||8||1||7||.125||15||30|
By division, the Phillies are 77-100 (.435) against the AL East, 30-31 (.492) against the AL Central, and 16-25 (.390) against the AL West.
The Phillies’ struggles against the AL East are easily explained by the Yankees and Red Sox (and more recently, the Rays) being powerhouses. Their struggles against the AL West are less easily explained — perhaps unfamiliarity, or small sample randomness. Whatever the case, the Phillies are happy to be out of the interleague jungle for about three months.