Wednesday, September 2, 2015

No home field advantage for the Phillies

Citizens Bank Park is known as a hitters’ paraduse, but it hasn’t been that way for the Phillies. Instead the Phillies' offensive struggles have been more pronounced at home.

No home field advantage for the Phillies

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Roberto Hernandez makes his way to the dugout after play was suspended due to rain during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, May 23, 2014, in Philadelphia. (Matt Slocum/AP)
Roberto Hernandez makes his way to the dugout after play was suspended due to rain during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, May 23, 2014, in Philadelphia. (Matt Slocum/AP)

Citizens Bank Park is known as a hitters’ paraduse, but it hasn’t been that way for the Phillies. Instead the Phillies' offensive struggles have been more pronounced at home.

Another example was cited during Friday’s 2-0 loss to the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers.

It was the fourth time in the last eight home games that the Phillies have been blanked.

They are now 8-13 at home compared to 12-12 on the road.

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And while Citizens Bank Park is known as a hitters haven, the Phillies haven’t reaped the benefits this year.

They have hit 17 home runs at home and after Carl Crawford’s solo shot on Friday, the Phillies have yielded 23 homers at CBP.

It’s not as if the Phillies have torn the cover off the ball on the road. They have hit 17 home runs in 24 road games.

In Friday’s loss they were 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position and left eight on base.

Manager Ryne Sandberg talked about using this 11-game homestand which began with Friday’s loss, as a springboard to success.

The Phillies have a team that doesn’t offer a large room for error. In their first 45 games, they have played 24 games decided by two runs or fewer.

The Phillies are 12-12 in those games.

This was the Phillies sixth shutout loss of the season and five of them have come at home.

Before the game, Sandberg talked about making Citizens Bank Park a place that is difficult for opponents to compete.

Sandberg talked about having a true home field advantage. So far that hasn’t been the case.

In all of baseball, only Seattle has fewer home wins than the Phillies. The Mariners had six entering Friday’s action.

So the Phillies have plenty of work to do in several areas, but establishing their own turf is mandatory and has to be the No. 1 priority.

 

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