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Leaderboard of the day: team OPS in road games

Jul 1, 2011, 6:46 PM EDT

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MLB.com has rolled out some new stats pages, and it looks like those tantalizing splits they’ve always sort of featured but that only end up working half of the time at best are actually fully operational.

So, using those splits, here’s a leaderboard for today.  I’m looking at each team’s OPS in road games only, and then contrasting that to where the team rank in home games:

1. Cardinals – .792 – 19
2. Yankees – .776 – 4
3. Tigers – .761 – 10
4. Dodgers – .760 – 27
5. Red Sox – .751 – 1
6. Angels – .749 – 25
7. Rays – .741 – 24
8. Mets – .718 – 12
9. Pirates – .709 – 29
10. Cubs – .708 – 15
11. Reds – .707 – 9
12. Royals – .701 – 14
13. Orioles – .699 – 11
14. Blue Jays – .696 – 6
15. White Sox – .694 – 13
16. Padres – .693 – 30
17. Diamondbacks – .693 – 5
18. Rockies – .689 – 8
19. Rangers – .683 – 2
20. Giants – .676 – 26
21. Astros – .673 – 18
22. Phillies – .666 – 20
23. Indians – .663 – 7
24. Braves – .658 – 17
25. Marlins – .656 – 21
26. Brewers – .652 – 3
27. Mariners – .637 – 28
28. Nationals – .633 – 16
29. Twins – .632 – 23
30. Athletics – .615 – 22

So, the Cardinals are first in the majors in road OPS and 19th in home OPS.

There are some other huge disparities here, particularly with those Southern California teams.  The Padres have actually been perfectly average offensively outside of Petco Park, while the Dodgers and Angels have thrived offensively outside of their parks.  It shows up in the records of the Padres and Angels, both of whom have superior marks in road games.  The Dodgers, though, are five games under .500 both at home and on the road.

We can also see here just how overrated the Texas offense as.  The team has 64 homers at home and just 31 on the road.

The Brewers are right there with the Rangers.  They’re actually 29-11 at home this season and 15-27 on the road.  It’s not the fault of the superstars: Ryan Braun is hitting .306 with six homers on the road, while Prince Fielder is at .279 with eight homers.  However, Casey McGehee is hitting .218 with one homer on the road, Corey Hart is at .240 with two homers and Yuniesky Betancourt is at .188 with one homer.

  1. Matthew Pouliot - Jul 1, 2011 at 6:57 PM

    Unfortunately, the player splits still need some work, since trying to create a leaderboard there invariably gets you stuck with a bunch of guys with a handful of at-bats. For instance, Brandon Lyon and Juan Nicasio currently lead the majors in road OPS.

    Here’s the real top 10:

    1. Matt Kemp – 1.195
    2. Miguel Cabrera – 1.136
    3. Lance Berkman – 1.098
    4. Matt Holliday – 1.079
    5. Jose Bautista – 1.027
    6. Joey Votto – 1.026
    7. Adrian Gonzalez – .978
    8. Evan Longoria – .971
    9. Victor Martinez – .960
    10. Paul Konerko – .956

    • Kevin S. - Jul 1, 2011 at 7:09 PM

      Use Fangraphs’ leaderboard instead.

  2. macjacmccoy - Jul 1, 2011 at 11:52 PM

    Wow the Dodgers and the Brewers both have a 23 place differential in ops from home to road game thats pretty nuts. Followed by the Pirates at 20 and Angels at 19 which are pretty crazy numbers in their own rights.

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