Home isn’t where the heart is
The Padres have struggled at home this season, going 23-27 vs. 22-21 on the road. The run differential is +29 when the team has left the city.
Even worse, San Diego extended their home game losing streak to seven on Sunday afternoon. While Petco Park has sold out numerous times this year, the Friars have failed to take advantage of the energy and momentum, with the “Tomahawk Chop” being heard several times over the weekend.
Perhaps that’ll work out in the Padres’ favor in the coming week, though. The team will begin a nine-game road trip, traveling to Miami, Chicago, and finishing in New York against the Mets. Of the three, only the Chicago Cubs have a winning record, leading the NL Central at 50-43.
Before Sunday, the Friars were hitting .250/.314/.452 with 213 RBIs and 682 total bases away from San Diego. At home, the stat line was .232/.298/.408 with 184 RBIs and 642 total bases. For some reason, the Padres appear more comfortable and better offensively away from their own stadium.
Or maybe it’s just a trend that doesn’t have much to do with the team’s performance after all. The pitching hasn’t been great no matter where the team plays, as they have a 4.20 ERA at home vs. a 5.04 ERA on the road. Neither of those are great stat lines to have.
However, it’s no surprise that the pitching has contributed to the team’s defensive woes, which brings us to our final takeaway…