Interleague play is in full bloom in this 2009 season, and the results so far have been exactly as anticipated. The Red Sox are wiping the floor with the National League. Boston has outscored the Florida Marlins by a 14-3 count in this three-game set entering tonights series finale behind Jon Lester (pictured), he of the 2-0 record and 1.23 ERA in his last three starts. During that time, Lester has held opponents to an .099 batting average while piling up 13.9 strikeouts per nine innings. With last nights 6-1 win behind Brad Penny, the Sox are now 5-3 in interleague play this season, including a record of 4-1 in the last five games. Since the start of the 2003 campaign, Boston is 76-40 in regular-season games against the other league, tied with the Minnesota Twins for the best record in baseball. The Red Sox vs. the National League is baseballs version of Godzilla meets Bambi. Here are five reasons the Red Sox rule baseballs other world, starting with the most obvious.
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