Nine to Know: “No place like home?” edition

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:

  1. 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.
  2. The NL West should note that the Giants have played just 21 games at home.
  3. 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.
  4. Look at the Brewers home and away differential.
  5. The Phillies are playing strongly above .500 home and away.
  6. The Yankees actually have a better record on the road than at the Stadium.
  7. 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.
  8. The Pirates need to convince their fans that this is the above .500 season by actually winning some games at home.
  9. The average team is 14-13 at home. The Rays have the best record overall for a team significantly below average at home.
Rk Tm Lg G W L W-L% Home Road
1 MIL NL 56 30 26 .536 21-7 9-19
2 CLE AL 54 33 21 .611 19-7 14-14
3 PHI NL 56 34 22 .607 19-10 15-12
4 TEX AL 57 31 26 .544 19-11 12-15
5 ARI NL 57 31 26 .544 18-12 13-14
6 DET AL 55 29 26 .527 17-11 12-15
7 SFG NL 56 31 25 .554 13-8 18-17
8 CIN NL 57 29 28 .509 17-12 12-16
9 NYY AL 54 31 23 .574 17-13 14-10
10 ATL NL 57 31 26 .544 17-13 14-13
11 KCR AL 56 25 31 .446 19-15 6-16
12 STL NL 58 33 25 .569 15-12 18-13
13 BOS AL 56 30 26 .536 16-13 14-13
14 FLA NL 54 31 23 .574 14-12 17-11
15 SEA AL 56 29 27 .518 16-14 13-13
16 WSN NL 56 25 31 .446 14-12 11-19
Avg 28 28 .500 14-13 13-14
17 TOR AL 56 28 28 .500 15-14 13-14
18 BAL AL 54 25 29 .463 15-14 10-15
19 LAA AL 58 29 29 .500 13-13 16-16
20 OAK AL 57 27 30 .474 14-15 13-15
21 LAD NL 57 26 31 .456 15-16 11-15
22 TBR AL 56 29 27 .518 14-16 15-11
23 COL NL 55 26 29 .473 13-15 13-14
24 CHW AL 58 27 31 .466 10-13 17-18
25 NYM NL 56 26 30 .464 13-16 13-14
26 PIT NL 55 26 29 .473 9-14 17-15
27 HOU NL 57 23 34 .404 11-17 12-17
28 CHC NL 54 23 31 .426 12-19 11-12
29 MIN AL 55 18 37 .327 6-15 12-22
30 SDP NL 57 24 33 .421 9-21 15-12
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/3/2011.