2013 season sets MLB record for most extra-inning games

The Blue Jays won Tuesday in a record-setting game.
The Blue Jays won Tuesday in a record-setting game. (USATSI)

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Anyone else been sitting around thinking, "man, it's ridiculous how many games go to extra innings," as I have?

Yeah, that's not just anecdotal evidence. There have been 239 extra-inning games in Major League Baseball so far this season. In 2011, there were 237, which was the previous record-holder. Prior to that, the most games to head to extras in history in a season was 220, which was done in 1986, 1991, 2007 and 2010.

So four of the top six extra-inning seasons in history have come in the last seven seasons.

Despite the fact that we now have more teams and games in a season than any other in history -- and have since the Tampa Bay Rays and Arizona Diamondbacks joined the league in 1998 -- that's still pretty remarkable.

The record fell Tuesday night when the Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles went to extras. The record then got some breathing room, as the Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres needed extra frames to decide things as well.

Not that it was surprising the D-Backs went to extras. They lead the majors with 24 extra-inning games this season. In fact, they also set a major-league record by playing in 79 extra innings, breaking the 1969 Minnesota Twins record of 76.

"It feels like we played in 200 and some of those games," Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero joked (via Associated Press). "I'm not sure how you explain it, but I know that if you're going to play in a lot of extra innings games, it's a whole lot better to win them than to lose. It's tough when you lose a lot of them."

Following the Diamondbacks, the Chicago White Sox (23 games), Cincinnati Reds (22) and Seattle Mariners (21) have gotten lots of extra-inning action. Twenty of the 30 major-league clubs have taken part in at least 15 extra-inning games heading into Wednesday, while every team has taken part in at least 11 -- the Houston Astros and New York Yankees have both played in exactly 11.

The best extra-innings records this year:

1. Cleveland Indians , 10-2 (.833)

2. Kansas City Royals , 11-4 (.733)

3. Diamondbacks, 17-7 (.708)

4. Atlanta Braves , 12-5 (.706)

5. Los Angeles Dodgers , 10-5 (.667)

The worst:

1. Texas Rangers , 3-9 (.250)

2. Mariners, 6-15 (.286)

3. Miami Marlins , 6-13 (.316)

4. Detroit Tigers , 6-12 (.333)

5. White Sox, 8-15 (.348)

How about the Rangers' and Indians' spots? With the Indians bringing a one-game lead for the final AL playoff spot into Wednesday? Wow. That's rough for Texas.

CBS Sports Writer

Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last five World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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