Since 1901, home teams have won 54% of all regular season games. But sometimes, the home/road split is quite extreme, in either direction. Its still pretty early in the 2014 season, but the Marlins and Diamondbacks are on record-setting paces for biggest home/road differentials, on differing sides of the coin.
The Marlins have been one of the feel-good stories of the first quarter of the year, riding their good young arms. They also developed a commanding home-field advantage, while simultaneously becoming utterly inept on the road. Here is the home/road split after Monday night’s loss in Los Angeles:
With a .773 home winning percentage and a mark of .176 on the road, Miami’s .597 home/road differential would blow away the all-time record, previously held by the 1945 Philadelphia Athletics (who tied for the fewest road wins in a season in history). Here are the clubs to finish with a home winning percentage at least .300 better than their percentage on the road:
The Diamondbacks are the even more bizarre story. Even if you excused the two “home” games they lost in Australia to start the season, their performance in home games is . . . pathetic:
They’ve compiled a .158 winning percentage at home, and are playing .545 on the road. That .387 differential would also blow away the existing record, currently held by the Chicago Cubs in the strike-shortened 1994 season. Here are the clubs to compile a home winning percentage at least .150 lower than their winning percentage on the road: