OAKLAND -- The Padres entered Friday's game against the A's with the second-worst record in baseball (23-41), leading only the Cubs (22-42) -- but they've played much better in Interleague Play.
Going into this three-game series, the Padres are 5-1 in Interleague Play after a three-game sweep of the Mariners and after taking two of three from the Angels last month at Petco Park. And going back to last season, the Padres are 11-3 in their past 14 Interleague games.
So what gives?
"I don't think it's the extra bat," said Padres manager Bud Black, refuting the assertion that having the designated hitter in Seattle gave the team a monumental lift.
"In those games, where we've won, we've scored more runs, pitched better and continued to play better defense."
After the series at Oakland, the Padres play host to the Rangers starting Monday followed by three games with the Mariners at Petco Park.
If the Padres can win three of their remaining nine Interleague games, they will clinch their third winning season of Interleague Play. The only other times the team finished above .500 against American League teams was in 1999 (11-4) and 2010 (9-6).