Monday, October 04, 2004

Useless stat of the day

Just noticed something odd about the playoff bound baseball teams.

The Cardinals have the best record in baseball this year (with 105 wins). But they only won 1 more game at home (53-28) than they did on the road(52-29). The Braves were only 2 better at home than on the road and the Astros and Dodgers were 4 and 5 better. So the four National League playoff teams were a combined 12 games better at home (199-125) than on the road (187-137).

Meanwhile, in the American League, both the Yankees and the Red Sox were individually over 12 games better at home than on the road. The Angels provide a little anomoly (they were actually better on the road), but the American League was a combined 29 games better at home (206-118) than on the road (177-147).

Is there any real reason for there to be a clear home field advantage for the AL, but a much smaller advantage for the NL?

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