Originally Posted by Johnny Footstool
How many teams actually perform as well or better on the road as they do at home? If I were a gambling man, I'd say very few.
Chicago White Sox- Home: 47-34, Road: 52-29 <+96 Run Differential>
Cleveland Indians- Home: 43-38, Road: 50-31 <+147 Run Differential>
Los Angeles Angels- Home: 49-32, Road: 46-35 <+118 Run Differential>
Oakland Athletics- Home: 45-36, Road: 43-38 <+114 Run Differential>
Philadelphia Phillies- Home: 46-35, Road: 42-39 <+81 Run Differential>
St. Louis Cardinals- Home: 50-31, Road: 50-31 <+171 Run Differential>
Technically, only the White Sox, Indians, and Cardinals posted a record identical or better to their Home record. Realistically, all of those teams "performed" as well on the road as they did at home allowing for a realistic travel and venue deficit. And those are only the winning teams.
Looking at the rest of the league, the following teams finished within 4 Wins of their Home total on the Road last season:
Baltimore, Washington, Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco.
Seems to me that the author of the article should have been focusing on building a big-time Run Differential rather than harping on "learning to play on the road" being that teams who post winning records tend to succeed on the road due to Run Diff despite where they play. The 2005 execption is Atlanta (+95 Run Diff). San Diego won their awful division with a negative Run Differential, but got their wins at Home (+10 Home vs. Road Win Diff) as their pitching (3.52 at Home, 4.79 on the Road) couldn't hold up anywhere else.