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Home (Not So) Sweet Home: Some Thoughts Behind the Indians 2017 Struggles at Progressive Field

1. The Numbers Don’t Lie

In looking at the splits between home and away, the Indians clearly have played better on the road, going 26-16 away from Progressive Field, and just 18-22 when playing at home.

They are hitting nearly identical wherever they play in terms of batting average (.256 away, .259 at home), but the extra base hits have been more plentiful on the road.

The Tribe has nine more homers, five more triples and four more doubles on the road than at home. Yes it’s true they have played two more road games than at home, but that’s a total of 18 extra base hits away from Progressive Field.

In terms of pitching, the team has a 3.84 ERA at home, and a 3.85 ERA on the road, so that’s not any big difference, but the team has been able to save more games on the road, with 14 saves away from Progressive Field to just six at home, an interesting difference.

Another number that points to the success the team has had on the road over at home is opponents slugging percentage. On the road teams are slugging at just .377, while visitors to Progressive Field are slugging at a clip of .422.

So while the numbers don’t tell the whole story, they do give some background as to the problems the team has had.

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Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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