The Nationals head to Baltimore this weekend to kick of their 2011 interleague play. As always, many fans in Washington will make the trip up Interstate 95 to support the Nationals.
Here’s a look at the Battle of the Beltways by the numbers:
Since baseball returned to Washington in 2005, the Nationals trail the Orioles 16-14. If you add in the Expos’ history, the all-time series is 23-22 in Washington’s favor.
At Camden Yards, however, the Nationals are just 9-15. And, of the 30 Battle of the Beltways games since 2005, 21 games have been decided by two runs or less, including 14 one-run contests.
The Nationals’ other interleague opponents this year include the Mariners, White Sox and Angels. The Nationals are 48-60 all-time in interleague play. Further, since 2005, they’ve handled American League opponents better (.444 winning percentage) than their National League rivals (.424 winning percentage).
Now, who is making the trip up to Charm City?