We’re on the road to nowhere … 2006 edition
Loyal readers (you know who you are) may remember my pointing out the road woes of certain teams during the early portion of last season. That list included the Astros, who were at one point playing .500+ ball at home while playing sub-.250 ball on the road.
Well, we’re just about at the same point in the new season, and we have a few more contenders for the ".500 at home, sub-.250 on the road" trick.
(records through 5/14):
Minnesota (12-7 home, 5-13 road): The Twinkies aren’t at the magic .250 road mark yet (.277), and this is a team that from 2001-2005 posted a very good .498 winning percentage on the road (12th best in majors over that period). I don’t expect their road woes to continue.
Pittsburgh (8-10 home, 3-17 road): The Pirates haven’t reached the .500 mark at home in a full season since 1999 and given their .465 home winning percentage over the last five years (7th worst in majors) it seems unlikely they’ll do it in 2006. They ARE certainly working on the road portion of the "daily double", with their .150 winning percentage. They had the 5th worst road winning percentage in the majors from 2001-2005 (.395).
Kansas City (8-8 home, 2-17 road): The Royals managed an awful .272 road winning percentage in 2005 (22-59), which was a full 5 games worse than the next "roadkill" (Rockies and Devil Rays each at 27-54). The Royals also managed to compile the worst 2005 home record too (along with the Pirates, at 34-47). However, they HAVE managed two .500 or better home records in the last 6 seasons (2000 and 2003). So, maybe its an "every third year" thing for them at Kauffmann Stadium.