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David Wright Leads MLB's 10 Biggest Road Warriors

James MorisetteCorrespondent IIIDecember 7, 2016

David Wright Leads MLB's 10 Biggest Road Warriors

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    Each year, 30 MLB teams endure meat-grinding regular season schedules to boast home field advantage in the postseason.

    After all, nothing is arguably as exciting as bursting through October’s door before an equally exhilarated home crowd.

    Some players making up these ball clubs thrive more in the comfortable confines of their home ballpark.

    Yet for one reason or another, some players simply perform better on the road than they do at home.

    In this slideshow, I have highlighted 10 MLB players—five hitters, five pitchers—who make up MLB’s road warriors.

    Note: Statistics are courtesy of MLB.com and are current through August 3, 2012.

MLB Hitters That Relish Hard Hotel Pillows and Cold Showers

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    One would think most if not all big league batters are more comfy hitting before the home crowd.

    But do not tell this to David Wright (New York Mets), Derek Jeter (New York Yankees), Albert Pujols (LA Angels), Neil Walker (Pittsburgh Pirates), or Jason Heyward (Atlanta Braves).

    As reflected below, each of these men have thumped the ball much better away from home this year. 

    David Wright

    AB H 2B/3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
    A 203 74   19/2   9  43 31 40 .365 .447 .611 1.058
    H 178 52   13/0   7  29 32 31 .292 .399 .483   .882

     

    Derek Jeter

    AB H 2B/3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
    A 219 76 11/0   4  13 11 31 .347 .386 .452 .838
    H 222 62 10/0   4  19 16 29 .279 .329 .442 .708

     

    Albert Pujols

    AB H 2B/3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
    A 225 70 17/0 15  44 22 26 .311 .368 .587 .955
    H 185 48 13/0  8  30 19 26 .259 .333 .459 .793

     

    Neil Walker

    AB H 2B/3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
    A 206 65 10/0  6 32 23 45 .316 .386 .451 .838
    H 170 44 14/0  5 23 18 41 .259 .323 .429 .752

     

    Jason Heyward

    AB H 2B/3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
    A 179 52 10/3 10 30 23 50 .291 .373 .547 .920
    H 195 50  8/1   7 23 20 54 .256 .327 .415 .743

MLB Slingers That Should Always Pitch on the Road

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    Whether better settled emotions, more pitcher-friendly ballparks or just plain luck (i.e. better run support) some big league hurlers perform much better away from their home park.

    This season, Matt Harrison (Texas Rangers), Tommy Hanson (Atlanta Braves), Homer Bailey (Cincinnati Reds), Ivan Nova (New York Yankees) and Miguel Gonzalez (Baltimore Orioles) have been five pitchers that fit this mold.   

    Matt Harrison:

    W-L ERA CG SHO IP ER HR BB SO AVG WHIP
    A  9-3 2.99   3    2 84.1  28   7  23  48 .248  1.21
    H 4-3 3.43   0    0 57.2  22   4  16  36 .283  1.37

     

    Tommy Hanson

    W-L ERA CG SHO IP ER HR BB SO AVG WHIP
    A 8-2 3.78   0    0 69.0 29 12 30 68 .242  1.35
    H 4-3 4.89   0    0 57.0 31   7 24 46 .297  1.56

     

    Homer Bailey

    W-L ERA CG SHO IP ER HR BB SO AVG WHIP
    A 6-2 2.63   1    0 68.1 20   4 18 49 .227  1.11
    H 3-4 5.17   0    0 62.2 36 14 19 48 .309  1.56

     

    Ivan Nova

    W-L
    ERA
    CG
    SHO
    IP
    ER
    HR
    BB
    SO
    AVG
    WHIP
    A 7-1 3.32   0
       0
    76.0 28
      9 28 65 .269
    1.34
    H 3-4
    6.16   0
       0
    57.0 39
    12
    20 54 .302 1.58

     

    Miguel Gonzalez

    W-L ERA CG SHO IP ER HR BB SO AVG WHIP
    A 3-0 2.93   0    0 27.2   9   6   6 26 .216 1.01
    H 0-2 7.82   0    0 12.2  11   3 10 10 .333 2.13

     

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