The Yankees begin a 10-game homestand tonight, and normally that would mean a good chance for them to gain some ground in the playoff race at the friendly confines of Yankee Stadium. But this isn’t a normal season and Yankee Stadium has hardly been a friendly place.
The Yankees are a mediocre 18-23 (.439) at home and 29-24 (.547) on the road this season. A winning record on the road is not atypical of a Yankee team, but their poor performance at home is nearly unprecedented.
Since the original Yankee Stadium opened in the Bronx in 1923, the Yankees have had only five losing seasons at home.
The 2014 team is on pace to finish with the second-worst home win percentage of any team in franchise history at either version of Yankee Stadium, behind only the 1966 squad which went 35-46 (.432).
You can’t blame the difference on playing harder opponents at home. The combined current win percentage of the teams they have played on the road (.505) is nearly identical to that of those they have faced at home (.507).…