Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Home and Away

Something to ponder during the rain delay. Double header scheduled for Wednesday.

Heading into Tuesday night’s match-up with the Braves, the Brewers had compiled a 13-15 record (8-5 home, 5-10 away). Thus far, the difference between the home and away records has been the offense.

At Miller Park, Milwaukee has a .301/.372/.473 line. On the road, .239/.293/.375. Despite having played two fewer games, they have walked 10 more times (47 vs. 37) and scored 10 more runs (65 vs. 55) at home. Check out the full stat line from Baseball Reference.
The pitching has been fairly consistent regardless of venue. The Brewers pitchers have a 3.86 ERA and 1.252 WHIP at home vs. 3.65 ERA and 1.309 WHIP on the road. More walks have been surrendered on the road (54 (3.6 per game) away vs. 33 (2.5 per game) at home). Stat line.
I tried to explain the differences by determining if the Brewers played better teams on the road. Milwaukee has played the Astros and Reds both at home and on the road. They have played the Braves at home and are in the midst of a series at Turner Field. They also played the Cubs at home. In addition, on the road, they have faced the Pirates, Nationals and Phillies. Other than the Phillies, it doesn't appear that the schedule is unbalanced (and the Brewers took 2 of 3 from the Phillies, in any case).

I know that it is early and this is a small sample size and all, but I was surprised by the offensive numbers. We'll have to see if these trends continue.

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