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Yes, the Yankees are 6-6 on the road. Yes, there’s an even split of pine tar incidents at home and on the road. A deeper look, though, shows the Yankees – even #TANAK – have not been themselves on the road through just over an eighth of their games away from the Bronx.
Now, I’ll preface this examination with the obvious fact that it’s not uncommon to play differently on the road. Especially if you’re the Yankees, who play in such a hitter-friendly park. It’s worth looking at what’s been different.
Predictably, the Yankees have opened up with 13 of their 18 HRs in just 9 games at Yankee Stadium. They’re also hitting .284 at home, compared to .260 on the road. Carlos Beltran has been the biggest beneficiary of some home cooking, with a 1.412 OPS in the Bronx compared to just nine hits in 44 plate appearances in away games.
And, here’s the last home/away split that’s worth noting – the Yankees actually have a higher Fly Ball % (36.6%) when playing away games than when at home (35%).…