DAN: Home Cookin'
By Dan O'Donnell
Dorothy was right, Toto, there really is no place like home. Especially if you're a struggling baseball team. With the Brewers' 1-0 series-clinching win over Atlanta, the Crew improves to 13-9 at Miller Park on the season.
Heading into tonight, no team in the National League had played more road games and, judging by their 13-18 road record, no team had been more homesick. No Brewer regular is hitting above .300 away from Miller Park this year, but three (Braun, Hart, and Kendall) are hitting at least .315 at home. As a team, the Brewers are batting a full 13 points higher (.260 to .247) at home, and they've struck out a full 130 times fewer (149 to 119).
The difference in pitching has been even more pronounced, with a 3.74 team ERA at home and 5.01 ERA on the road. Opponents are hitting .257 against Brewer pitchers at Miller Park, but .274 away from it.
Since the Brewers have played 10 more road games this year, is it any wonder they're a game under .500? More importantly, with 26 of the final 42 games before the All-Star break at home, is it any wonder that things are most assuredly looking up?