Even though it’s June 3 I can confidently say that the Astros 7-4 victory over the Padres last night can be filed in the “Meaningless Game” file. It does give me an opportunity however to share with you the records of teams playing at home, since with yesterday’s loss the Padres dropped to 9-21.
As you look at the home record of teams, pay attention not only to their record, but the number of games they have played, the average being 27 games. For example:
- The postseason formula historically has been to play at least .667 at home and at least .500 on the road. Just like the Indians are doing this year. However, with their loss to the Rangers yesterday, they have dropped three in a row at the Jake for the first time this season.
- The NL West should note that the Giants have played just 21 games at home.
- It should be also noted that the Royals have played 34 games already at home and they have a 6-16 road record with many games away from the K ahead of them.
- Look at the Brewers home and away differential.
- The Phillies are playing strongly above .500 home and away.
- The Yankees actually have a better record on the road than at the Stadium.
- If the Twins have any hope in salvaging this season they need to start winning at home because they have 60 games remaining at Target Field.
- The Pirates need to convince their fans that this is the above .500 season by actually winning some games at home.
- The average team is 14-13 at home. The Rays have the best record overall for a team significantly below average at home.