The Padres have many problems. Entering Monday night, they are an NL-worst 9-20, and sit 9.5 games back of the Dodgers. Their closer Huston Street is on the DL. A starting pitcher, Cory Luebke could be headed for Tommy John surgery, They’ve already played 20 home games against only nine on the road. And they … Read moreWhat’s “Left” to say about San Diego?
With play now completed for all AL Central teams today, their standings are as follows: Central W L PCT GB HOME ROAD Cleveland 11 9 .550 – 4-7 7-2 Chi WSox 11 11 .500 1 4-7 7-4 Detroit 11 11 .500 1 6-7 5-4 Kansas City 6 15 .286 5.5 0-10 6-5 Minnesota 6 15 … Read moreDivision of Labor(ing Teams) at Home
The Orioles came into Monday night with a perfect 3-0 record. But before their fans get too excited, they need to realize/remember two things: 1) Those three wins came at home, against the Twins. 2) Over the past decade, they’ve more often than not started out decently, then plummeted. It is seemingly an annual migration … Read moreThe Baltimore Sorryles
So here we are, just past Labor Day, and most people seem to agree that four of the six division races are pretty much over and both Wild Card races are kaput. There are still 20-something games to go, and some folks wonder how soon the playoffs can get here. The move to three divisions … Read moreWhat if the pennant races never materialize?
When last we met, I described the oddity of the Milwaukee Brewers having more wins at home than the Astros had all year. Turns out its happened in 65 different seasons from 1904-2010. So, the obvious follow-up question is . . . has a team ever won more road games than another team’s win total … Read moreRoadkilling the competition
The red-hot Milwaukee Brewers ran their home record to a gaudy 50-16 this afternoon with a 3-2 decision over the Chicago Cubs. Meanwhile, another of their division opponents, the Houston Astros, managed to secure their 44th total victory on the season with a 4-3, 11-inning win over the Giants. So, it made we wonder how … Read moreBrewing up some good home cookin’
Last season, the Pittsburgh Pirates went an amazing 17-64 (.210) on the road. This season, going into Monday’s game at Citi Field, the Buccos already have 15 wins away from home (15-13, .536). That’s a .326 improvement so far in 2011. So, which team has the best road winning percentage improvement from year-to-year? Here are … Read moreThe Pirates “Road” to Respectability