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Key to the 2nd Half: Winning Road Games


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As others have pointed out, 41 of our post-ASB games are on the road.

If we go 21-20 in those 41 games, we'd have to go 23-10 at home in order to reach 88 wins.

Now it's probably safe to assume this team will go over .500 in their remaining home games. But I highly doubt they will have single-digit losses at home the rest of the way.

Hence, in order to have a record sufficient to make the playoffs, going over .500 on the road is probably a necessity. This is probably the number one focus the team should have from here on out.

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I agree that we need to do better on the road, but how exactly do we "focus" on that? In any event, the first nine games after the break are on the road, so we'll find out soon enough whether this will continue to be a problem.

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I agree that we need to do better on the road, but how exactly do we "focus" on that? In any event, the first nine games after the break are on the road, so we'll find out soon enough whether this will continue to be a problem.

Benching "Pop-up Parmelee" would be a great start. Bunt more, steal more in parks that are less hitter-friendly than OPACY. Do whatever you have to do to manufacture runs in those ballparks.

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I agree that we need to do better on the road, but how exactly do we "focus" on that? In any event, the first nine games after the break are on the road, so we'll find out soon enough whether this will continue to be a problem.

Another way to "focus" on road games is to try and identify distractions that may be hindering the players when on the road and eliminate them. I have to think there is some sort of mental component to the road futility.

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Looks like it is our offense that struggles on the road. The pitching is more or less the same home or away. Part of it is that we are built to go for the HR, and when we play in parks that are not HR friendly, we struggle to generate offense some other way. We've averaged 1.58 HR/game at OPACY, 0.91 everywhere else (this includes the three "home" games in Tampa).

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I agree that we need to do better on the road, but how exactly do we "focus" on that? In any event, the first nine games after the break are on the road, so we'll find out soon enough whether this will continue to be a problem.

I doubt that this is a real thing, so much as a passing anomaly. I suppose there can be teams that are particularly well suited for their home park, and that creates a lasting disparity in home/road record. But for the most part I file this under the same category as not doing well on Tuesdays or in day games, or in May. There's essentially no actionable thing here, there's nothing to fix.

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Benching "Pop-up Parmelee" would be a great start. Bunt more, steal more in parks that are less hitter-friendly than OPACY. Do whatever you have to do to manufacture runs in those ballparks.

Playing for one run on the road would be a great way to ensure that there are as few runners on base as possible when they do hit their 0.91 homers/game.

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Another way to "focus" on road games is to try and identify distractions that may be hindering the players when on the road and eliminate them. I have to think there is some sort of mental component to the road futility.

One potential solution would be to change a bunch of stuff, put in place curfews and restrictions, really focus on why they've not played well in a quarter-season's worth of road games. Or they could just relax and let the players do what they've always done, go on the road, get in their routines, play some baseball. I'm a big fan of the latter.

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One potential solution would be to change a bunch of stuff, put in place curfews and restrictions, really focus on why they've not played well in a quarter-season's worth of road games. Or they could just relax and let the players do what they've always done, go on the road, get in their routines, play some baseball. I'm a big fan of the latter.

Yes, to all of this.

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Last year, the Orioles did the opposite ...... they started out playing well on the road, and only mediocre at home.

In mid-June of 2014 the Orioles were only 16-17 at home, and 23-18 on the road.

From that point on the Orioles went 34-14 at home, and 23-17 on the road.

Even splits on the road (as consistent as can be), and an almost complete reversal at home.

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One potential solution would be to change a bunch of stuff, put in place curfews and restrictions, really focus on why they've not played well in a quarter-season's worth of road games. Or they could just relax and let the players do what they've always done, go on the road, get in their routines, play some baseball. I'm a big fan of the latter.

I agree with the latter portion of this post completely.

My previous post was not advocating any "solutions," I simply was pointing out the splits/trends from the previous season and comparing them to this season

It is interesting to note and to ponder, but there isn't much that the Orioles (or any team, for the matter) can do but to try to win their very next game that is on their schedule, and then take it from there.

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