If you look at the current home and road records in the MLB Standings, you will see some weird differentials.
Take for instance the Rockies have only logged 23 games at Coors Field, where they are a staunch 16 – 7, meanwhile they have traveled abroad for 33 contests so far, putting forth a clip of 12 – 21.
This is a 10 game difference that could see the ‘Rox’ post a 7 – 3 win-loss record when the games are made up.
The Baltimore Orioles are also in a similar position, although the confines of Camden Yards haven’t provided the same kind of advantage as Coors for Colorado.
The O’s are 11 – 12 in Baltimore, and are 17 – 15 on the road in the campaign so far.
While the squad hasn’t played as great as they would have liked, they are just 0.5 Games behind the playoff bar, and are now fielding an almost healthy lineup, with Matt Wieters being the only significant injury on the books.
Yes Nelson Cruz is also listed in on the mended list, but is just a bruised hand, carrying a day to day status.
As pointed out by our good friend Alan Schwartz at http://www.crowdhitter.com, the only AL club to have a winning record at home currently are the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Boston Red Sox have already held 32 games at Fenway, while they are only at 25 games on the road.
Coming off the heels of a 10 game losing streak, they did have a 7 game winning streak – and now are amidst a big road itinerary upcoming.
Giving credence to the Rays not being out of the playoff race entirely, is that they have played 6 more games on the road than at Tropicana Field.
Although with Ben Zobrist, Wil Myers and Matt Moore not being around the club for injuries lately, this team doesn’t look a team with the 2nd most wins in the MLB since the start of the 2008 season.
The Texas Rangers have 5 more games at Globe Life Park in Arlington for the remainder of the season. They actually have withstood a litany of injuries to remain in the conversation.
One team who could be headed for a big crash are the Miami Marlins. In their 32 home games, they are 21 – 11, while they feature a road mark of 8 – 17 in 25 games.
Having the squad finish with more tilts away from Florida could lead to them dropping some games back in the loss column.
The Phillies, already at only 24 – 31, and Cliff Lee hurt, and A.J. Burnett with a sore groin, have played 31 games at CBP, as oppose to 24 away.
Philadelphia I should mention, is 12 – 12 on the road, compared to 12 – 19 in the “City Of Brotherly Love” and Cheesesteaks.
One only has to look at St. Louis, who are being blitzed on a long homestand, fancying a 2 – 6 record against the likes of the Yankees, Giants and now the Royals.
The team was once at 25 games played on the road and 12 at Busch Stadium, and since then, they have only played a few games over .500.
Not good enough for the defending NL Champs if they want to start their ascent towards the Brewers in the NL Central.
Washington have burned up 31 games at Nats Park, with 24 outside of the DC Area. The good news is that they receive Ryan Zimmerman back from the DL now.
At 3.5 Games behind Atlanta, the Nationals can make up the ground wherever they are playing.
Another team plagued by injuries and road fatigue are the Cincinnati Reds. Having 7 more games at GABP in the last 107 Games should bode well.
The Redlegs are only 2.5 Games behind the playoff threshold heading into action today. They still need their Canadian 1B back soon.
All of the other teams not listed in this article are within 4 games of road and home play.
For the record, I like the Rockies and O’s to make up some nice ground, while the Marlins are going to be affected most by the unequal schedule.
The Rays may have created too big of a deficit with more home games in St. Pete, where I think the Red Sox will play decently on the road in coming days.
Washington falls under the Boston category of a club that should be able to win anywhere.
The Phillies are fading fast,