With the Atlanta Braves in possession of the second best home record in the major leagues (22-7), it's surprising at how astonishingly different the Braves look playing away rather than at home. How else do you explain the worst road record in the majors, at 6-18?
Let's take a look at some stats that highlight just how atrocious the Braves are away from Atlanta:
1. As a team, Atlanta is hitting .306 at home, and just .251 on the road. There are several individuals that unfortunately stand out, such as Brian McCann (.386 at home/ .284 away), Kelly Johnson (.338/.257), and Matt Diaz (.324/.167).
2. At home, the Braves are .312 with runners in scoring position. On the road: .208.
3. The Braves have scored 156 runs at home, while allowing 103. They have 151 RBI at home. Care to guess what happens on the road? They score 83, while opponents score 90, and the Braves only produce 77 RBI.
4. They have yet to win just one one-run game away from home.
For all you Braves fans out there, don't these stats just make you want to curl up in the fetal position and cry? How can the Braves hope to get a lead in the National League East when they have to play on the road?
I'm fine with being able to go to Turner Field any time I want and be able to see some good run production and a lot of wins, but it just kills me to see these one-run games on the road that the Braves lose every night.
The Atlanta pitchers have got to be scratching their heads too.
Take Wednesday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers, for instance. Jo Jo Reyes had arguably his best outing of his career for the Braves, pitching 8 innings with nine strikeouts and only two hits for two singles, and at one point retiring 14 batters in a row. The Braves, with their four hits and five walks, managed to get shutout for the fifth time of the season. The loss extended the Braves run-less streak to 16 innings.
I guess the question is, how much worse can the Braves get away from Turner Field?