Saturday, December 27, 2014

Phillies' Home Bleak Home

The Phillies' worst home records of the expansion era.

Phillies' Home Bleak Home

Fan presence hasn´t helped the Phillies win at Citizens Bank Park this season. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
Fan presence hasn't helped the Phillies win at Citizens Bank Park this season. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

Friday, the Phillies return to Citizens Bank Park, where they have the worst home record in the National League and the second-worst in baseball (thank you, Royals). They are 10 games under .500 (17-27) on the season and 7-19 there since May 19.

♦ The Phillies have never had a losing record at Citizens Bank Park. The closest was the 2006 team that was 41-40 there.

♦ The Phillies have already lost six more home games than they did in all of 1977 (60-21) at Veterans Stadium.

♦ Their worst home record since 1900 belongs the 1923 club, that went 20-55 (.267) at Baker Bowl. This team would have to go 4-33 over their last 37 games at CBP to top (bottom?) that. If that happens, CBP may not still be standing.

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The Phillies' worst home records (with home statistics) in the expansion era (since 1962):

Year      W-L Pct.    Runs    Opp.    Avg.    ERA
1972    28-51    .354 246 316 .240 3.50
1969 30-51 .370 317 378 .236 4.14
2012 17-27 .386 166 193 .260 4.10
1971 34-47 .420 296 353 .231 3.75
2000 34-47 .420 365 424 .257 4.73
1996 35-46 .432 313 379 .262 4.26
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