Home Away from Home: Best Road Performances in Baseball for 2010 (MLB)

With Opening Day 2011 rapidly approaching, I decided to keep the statistical review of the 2010 season in Major League Baseball going.  Today, I want to look at the home/away splits for both leagues.  I am primarily interested in how well a player hits away from his home park.

To do this, I took the top ten players (in terms of number of at-bats) for every team for both home games and away games.  This break meant that road at-bats ranged from 344 (Ichiro Suzuki) to 94 (Jed Lowrie).  Because there was such a great disparity, I opted to then take that list and for each league and for each split stat I made a cut — top 100 at-bats (per split stat) for the AL and top 110 for NL — that put the minimum at-bats around 175 for home games and 160 for away games.

Making the cut did alter the original list somewhat.  For example, using the top 10 per team, John Jaso of the Tampa Bay Rays had the greatest positive batting average disparity between away and home games (+ 0.102).  However, when I used a “qualifying” cut-off, the leader for said stat becomes Erick Aybar of the Los Angeles Angels (+ 0.073), who would have been number four in the other list.

All stats were taken from MLB.com and then placed into an Excel spreadsheet.  I then subtracted the away numbers from the home numbers to get the disparity between the two split stats.  Any player with a positive number demonstrates a better performance on the road than at home; any player with a negative number demonstrates a poorer performance on the road than at home.

And now…the numbers.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

HIGHER AWAY BATTING AVERAGE

5. Matt LaPorta (Cleveland): +0.045

4. Mark Ellis (Oakland): +0.053

3. Juan Rivera (Los Angeles): +0.060

2. Torii Hunter (Los Angeles): +0.061

1. Erick Aybar (Los Angeles): +0.073

  • Away batting average: 0.287
  • Home batting average: 0.214
  • Best Division Park: Oakland Coliseum (0.341)
  • Best Non-Division Park: Dodgers Stadium (0.400)

MORE AWAY HOME RUNS

3t. Joe Mauer (Minnesota): +7

3t. Juan Rivera (Los Angeles): +7

3t. Torii Hunter (Los Angeles): +7

2. Daric Barton (Oakland): +8

1. Delmon Young (Minnesota): +9

  • Home runs hit on the road: 15
  • Home runs hit at home: 6
  • Best Division Park: Kauffman Stadium and U.S. Cellular Field (2)
  • Best Non-Division Park: Angel Stadium, Camden Yards, and Rogers Center (2)

MORE AWAY RBIs

5. Evan Longoria (Tampa Bay): +18

4. Mark Ellis (Oakland): +19

3. Juan Rivera (Los Angeles): +20

2. B.J. Upton (Tampa Bay): +22

1. Ben Zobrist (Tampa Bay): +33

  • Runs batted in on the road: 54
  • Runs batted in at home: 21
  • Best Division Park: Fenway Park (10)
  • Best Non-Division Park: Angel Stadium (5)

MORE AWAY WALKS DRAWN

3t. Jorge Posada (New York): +9

3t. Scott Podsednik (Kansas City): +9

3t. Torii Hunter (Los Angeles): +9

2. Rajai Davis (Oakland): +12

1. Johnny Damon (Detroit): +13

  • Walks drawn on the road: 41
  • Walks drawn at home: 28
  • Best Division Park: Progressive Field (8)
  • Best Non-Division Park: Rangers Ballpark (6)

MORE AWAY BASES STOLEN

5t. Franklin Gutierrez (Seattle): +7

5t. Brett Gardner (New York): +7

4. Johnny Damon (Detroit): +9

3. Rajai Davis (Oakland): +10

2. Carl Crawford (Tampa Bay): +13

1. Alex Rios (Chicago): +14

  • Bases stolen on the road: 24
  • Bases stolen at home: 10
  • Best Division Park: Progressive Field (4)
  • Best Non-Division Park: Rangers Ballpark (4)

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LOWER AWAY BATTING AVERAGE

5. Brandon Inge (Detroit): -0.082

4. Jorge Posada (New York): -0.083

3. Vernon Wells (Toronto): -0.096

2. Nelson Cruz (Texas): -0.104

1. Luke Scott (Baltimore): -0.110

FEWER AWAY HOME RUNS

5t. Michael Young (Texas): -11

5t. Vernon Wells (Toronto): -11

5t. Luke Scott (Baltimore): -11

3t. Jose Bautista (Toronto): -12

3t. Carlos Quentin (Chicago): -12

1t. Josh Hamilton (Texas): -14

1t. Paul Konerko (Chicago): -14

FEWER AWAY RBIs

5t. Mark Teixeria (New York): -20

5t. Luke Scott (Baltimore): -20

4. Kurt Suzuki (Oakland): -21

3. Vernon Wells (Toronto): -24

1t. Robinson Cano (New York): -25

1t. Miguel Tejada (Baltimore): -25

FEWER AWAY WALKS DRAWN

4t. Aaron Hill (Toronto): -13

4t. Mark Teixeria (New York): -13

3. Paul Konerko (Chicago): -14

2. Miguel Cabrera (Detroit): -15

1. Ian Kinsler (Texas): -16

FEWER AWAY BASES STOLEN

3t. Ichiro Suzuki (Seattle): -6

3t. Juan Pierre (Chicago): -6

3t. Bobby Abreu (Los Angeles): -6

2. Brennan Boesch (Detroit): -7

1. B.J. Upton (Tampa Bay): -8

NATIONAL LEAGUE

HIGHER AWAY BATTING AVERAGE

5. Carlos Ruiz (Philadelphia): +0.053

4. David Eckstein (San Diego): +0.056

3. Colby Rasmus (St. Louis): +0.058

2. Ryan Braun (Milwaukee): +0.070

1. Buster Posey (San Francisco): +0.093

  • Away batting average: 0.351
  • Home batting average: 0.258
  • Best Division Park: Chase Field (.440)
  • Best Non-Division Park: Miller Park (.600)

MORE AWAY HOME RUNS

5t. Omar Infante (Atlanta): +6

5t. Ian Stewart (Colorado): +6

5t. Buster Posey (San Francisco): +6

3t. Martin Prado (Atlanta): +7

3t. Ryan Zimmerman (Washington): +7

2. Albert Pujols (St. Louis): +8

1. Adrian Gonzalez (San Diego): +9

  • Home runs hit on the road: 20
  • Home runs hit at home: 11
  • Best Division Park: Chase Field and Coors Field (3)
  • Best Non-Division Park: Citizens Bank Park (3)

MORE AWAY RBIs

4t. Brian McCann (Atlanta): +13

4t. Juan Uribe (San Francisco): +13

4t. Matt Kemp (Los Angeles): +13

4t. Justin Upton (Arizona): +13

3. Casey Blake (Los Angeles): +14

2. Will Venable (San Diego): +15

1. Adrian Gonzalez (San Diego): +17

  • Runs batted in on the road: 59
  • Runs batted in at home: 42
  • Best Division Park: Coors Field (8)
  • Best Non-Division Park: Citizens Bank Park (6)

MORE AWAY WALKS DRAWN

5t. Jonny Gomes (Cincinnati): +9

5t. Alfonso Soriano (Chicago): +9

5t. Joey Votto (Cincinnati): +9

3t. Martin Prado (Atlanta): +10

3t. Alcides Escobar (Milwaukee): +10

2. Jimmy Rollins (Philadelphia): +12

1. Jason Heyward (Atlanta): +13

  • Walks drawn on the road: 52
  • Walks drawn at home: 39
  • Best Division Park: Sun Life Stadium (10)
  • Best Non-Division Park: PNC Park (5)

MORE AWAY BASES STOLEN

5. Five tied with +5

4. Carlos Gonzalez (Colorado): +6

3. Joey Votto (Cincinnati): +8

2. Justin Upton (Arizona): +8

1. Nyjer Morgan (Washington): +10

  • Bases stolen on the road: 22
  • Bases stolen at home: 12
  • Best Division Park: Sun Life Stadium (3)
  • Best Non-Division Park: Great American (3)

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LOWER AWAY BATTING AVERAGE

5. Cody Ross (Florida): -0.088

4. Carlos Gonzalez (Colorado): -0.091

3. Dexter Fowler (Colorado): -0.102

2. Miguel Olivo (Colorado): -0.107

1. Pablo Sandoval (San Francisco): -0.122

FEWER AWAY HOME RUNS

5. Jayson Werth (Philadelphia ): -9

4. Mark Reynolds (Arizona): -10

3. Jay Bruce (Cincinnati): -13

2. Chris Young (Arizona): -13

1. Carlos Gonzalez (Colorado): -18

FEWER AWAY RBIs

4t. Troy Tulowitzki (Colorado): -23

4t. Aramis Ramirez (Chicago): -23

3. Kelly Johnson (Arizona): -25

2. Miguel Olivo (Colorado): -26

1. Carlos Gonzalez (Colorado): -35

FEWER AWAY WALKS DRAWN

4t. Casey Blake (Los Angeles): -14

4t. Stephen Drew (Arizona): -14

3. Starlin Castro (Chicago): -15

2. David Wright (New York): -21

1. Matt Holliday (St. Louis): -23

FEWER AWAY BASES STOLEN

5t. Orlando Cabrera (Cincinnati): -5

5t. Matt Kemp (Los Angeles): -5

3t. Chris Young (Arizona): -6

3t. Andres Torres (San Francisco): -6

2. Angel Pagan (New York): -7

1. Albert Pujols (St. Louis): -10

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