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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