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We own you: each team’s best record vs. another franchise since 2000

Aug 9, 2011, 2:55 PM EDT

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Here’s something I thought would be quick and fun on a slow news day: each team’s best record versus a league opponent since 2000.  I’m not including the small-sample interleague results.

Arizona: 46-32 vs. Pittsburgh (.590 winning pct.)
Atlanta: 52-31 vs. San Diego (.627)
Chicago: 107-82 vs. Pittsburgh (.566)
Cincinnati: 43-33 vs. Florida (.566)
Colorado: 52-32 vs. Wash/Mon (.619)
Florida: 128-80 vs. Wash/Mon (.615)
Houston: 43-28 vs. Colorado (.606)
Los Angeles: 57-27 vs. Pittsburgh (.679)
Milwaukee: 45-35 vs. Arizona (.563)
New York: 48-35 vs. Colorado (.578)
Philadelphia: 51-29 vs. San Diego (.638)
Pittsburgh: 43-46 vs. Colorado (.483)
St. Louis: 55-25 vs. San Diego (.688)
San Diego: 50-28 vs. Washington (.641)
San Francisco: 49-26 vs. Houston (.653)
Wash/Mon: 44-34 vs. Pittsburgh (.564)

Baltimore: 56-34 vs. Kansas City (.622)
Boston: 61-34 vs. Detroit (.642)
Chicago: 124-81 vs. Kansas City (.605)
Cleveland: 57-35 vs. Tampa Bay (.620)
Detroit: 59-46 vs. Texas (.562)
Kansas City: 105-104 vs. Detroit (.502)
Los Angeles: 68-39 vs. Kansas City (.636)
Minnesota: 131-80 vs. Kansas City (.621)
New York: 62-24 vs. Kansas City (.721)
Oakland: 68-29 vs. Baltimore (.701)
Seattle: 59-44 vs. Kansas City (.573)
Tampa Bay: 51-38 vs. Kansas City (.573)
Texas: 59-44 vs. Kansas City (.573)
Toronto: 127-84 vs. Baltimore (.602)

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that a lot of clubs are beating up on the Royals and Pirates. Seven of the 13 AL clubs have their best records against Kansas City, which is pretty amazing even if somewhat expected. Only four of the 15 NL possibilities have their top marks against the Pirates, but the Pirates have the singular distinction of not being above .500 against any leaguemates. Even in interleague play, the best they can boast is 5-4 records against the Orioles and Rays.

Of course, the Royals are only above .500 against the one team (Detroit). Their next best mark is .455, coming against the Indians (95-114).

We can see here that it’s easier to compile a big winning percentage over 70-90 games, rather than 200+. That’s why most of the clubs above have a non-division rival listed as their top opponent. The best mark for any club against a division rival is the Yankees’ .670 winning percentage against the Orioles (138-68). The Red Sox have also feasted on Baltimore, coming in at .633 (131-76).

  1. mvpolamalu - Aug 9, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    Wow pirates

  2. Utley's Hair - Aug 9, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    Kansas City: 105-104 vs. Detroit (.502)

    Kind of says it all there, huh? Damn….

  3. FC - Aug 9, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    “We own you!”

    Pittsburgh: 43-46 vs. Colorado (.483)

    Yeah… not exactly…

  4. kellyb9 - Aug 9, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Ouch – Pittsburgh best record against another team is a losing record.

  5. aclassyguyfromaclassytown - Aug 9, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    By slow news day, you really mean “when Craig is on vacation” don’t you?

  6. proudlycanadian - Aug 9, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    I am not surprised that the Jays own Baltimore.

    • muhlenberg32 - Aug 9, 2011 at 3:42 PM

      Proudly Canadian, I’m not surprised either. If it weren’t for the Jays success over Baltimore, Toronto wouldn’t have had all those playoff appearances since 2000.

    • FC - Aug 9, 2011 at 3:46 PM

      Wow, they own the whole city? Why in the heck don’t they start selling/leasing pieces of it already? AA could make some real GM magic with all the taxes from the fine people of Baltimore.

    • cur68 - Aug 9, 2011 at 3:51 PM

      What I’m really surprised by PC is that no one owns the Jays. I mean the Rays never seem to lose against our boys and yet the Rays have a better record against KC. Ditto the Yankees who always seem to pwn the Jays. Bailed out by the Kansas City Royal, who woulda thunk it? Maybe KC should change their name to “The Kansas City Everybody’s Biathces Royals”. That’s some suckitude right there. Like long term. Something aught to be done about that.

  7. b7p19 - Aug 9, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    Oh yeah, Atlanta? Well how about 1998? Does that ring any bells?

    • Kevin S. - Aug 9, 2011 at 6:56 PM

      You’re really smack-talking a team for beating them in an LCS they won five times in eight seasons?

  8. sportsdrenched - Aug 9, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    So, If you eliminate 2003 the Royals are in the same position as the Pirates. The 2003 Royals had the benefit of playing the Tigers, one of the worst teams in MLB history that year 19 times.

    They went 15-4. If the Tigers were even decent, and let’s say the Royals won the season series but only went 10-9. That would eliminate KC owning the Tigers. It would also eliminate 2003 being a winning season for the Royals.

  9. SmackSaw - Aug 9, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Bud Selig oughta investigate the ownership of the Royals and the Pirates. They’ve clearly drained those two once proud organizations. He owes it to their fans to do what’s best for them and MLB.

    • kellyb9 - Aug 9, 2011 at 4:01 PM

      Bud Selig represents the owners actually. So I doubt he’ll make too many friends by removing some of them (that is.. if he can).

      • FC - Aug 9, 2011 at 4:11 PM

        If Bud Selig could remove owners willy-nilly, McCourt would have been tarred, feathered and kicked out of Los Angeles in a barrel months ago!

    • sportsdrenched - Aug 9, 2011 at 4:05 PM

      In defense of the Royals they have spent more money on draft picks that any other MLB team. Often drafting players that other teams stayed away from because of their contract demands. And they have also spent money on free agents…it’s just they were really dumb contracts to players like Jose Guillien and Kyle Farnsworth.

  10. Lukehart80 - Aug 9, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    Matthew, you mentioned seven teams having their best record against KC, but by my count it’s even worse: eight.

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