There’s No Place Like Wherever We’re Not Playing

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:

Tm W L W-L% Home Road
MIA 20 19 .513 17-5 3-14
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/13/2014.

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:

HOME ROAD
TEAM-YR W L W-L% W L W-L% DIFF
PHA-1945 39 35 .527 13 63 .171 .356
PHA-1902 56 17 .767 27 36 .429 .338
BOS-1949 61 16 .792 35 42 .455 .337
COL-1996 55 26 .679 28 53 .346 .333
MIN-1987 56 25 .691 29 52 .358 .333
HOU-1978 50 31 .617 24 57 .296 .321
PHA-1908 46 30 .605 22 55 .286 .319
CHW-1903 41 28 .594 19 49 .279 .315
CHW-1902 48 20 .706 26 40 .394 .312
BOS-1952 50 27 .649 26 51 .338 .311
CHC-1933 56 23 .709 30 45 .400 .309

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:

Tm W L W-L% Home Road
ARI 15 26 .366 3-16 12-10
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/13/2014.

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:

HOME ROAD
TEAM-YR W L W-L% W L W-L% DIFF
CHC-1994 20 39 .339 29 25 .537 -.198
PIT-1908 42 35 .545 56 21 .727 -.182
KCR-1998 29 51 .363 43 38 .531 -.168
BRO-1948 36 41 .468 48 29 .623 -.155
PHA-1948 36 41 .468 48 29 .623 -.155
BOS-1980 36 45 .444 47 32 .595 -.151
KCR-1981 19 28 .404 31 25 .554 -.150

 

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