The Reds have the second best road record in the majors right now at 8-4, just behind Detroit who is 10-3.What the Reds really need to do, like the Rockies, is learn how to play on the road as well as they do at home. There are ways to use your ballpark’s unique features to your team’s advantage, stocking the roster with the right types of hitters and pitchers, and knowing what tactics are best-suited for a given venue, for examples. The trick is not to totally lose your ability to compete when you’re in another park. With the National League seemingly rife with both extreme hitters’ (Arizona, Colorado, Cincinnati, Philly) and extreme pitchers’ parks (Washington, San Diego, Los Angeles, Florida), it looks like the Reds are in for a bumpy ride.
Hmmm... interesting article. I guess they let anyone right an article on the internet these days.
I like this part especially...
What the Reds really need to do, like the Rockies, is learn how to play on the road as well as they do at home.
When was the last time that the Rockies had a winning record on the road? 6 out of the 8 playoff teams last year played about .500 or less on the road, so I would be content to have a .500 road record.
A .500 road record + .600 home record = 89 wins which probably gets you a shot at a wild card.
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I'm pretty sure he was just saying that both the Reds and Rockies need to learn how to play as well on the road as at home. Either way it doesn't really make sense for the Reds. Our losing has had nothing really to do with not playing well on the road. Although fixing the pitching and defense would definitely improve the road record. (Home record too, of course)Originally Posted by NastyBoy
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.
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I had a date with the Cincinnati Reds last weekend and they called me 5 minutes before and told me they "weren't feeling well". Totally unreliable.
2005:Originally Posted by Johnny Footstool
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.
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Hmm..I like flakes.
Pittsburgh Steelers, cursed be their name!Originally Posted by Johnny Footstool
"It's easier to give up. I'm not a very vocal player. I lead by example. I take the attitude that I've got to go out and do it. Because of who I am, I've got to give everything I've got to come back."
-Ken Griffey Jr.