Longing for Home

BASEBALL

The Tigers have not played well on the road the last few years.  Probably this is mostly variation over a small group of games put on top of the normal small home team advantage in Major League Baseball.  I was curious if the Tigers did significantly better in some games of a series than others.  Maybe Johnny Damon kept the guys out drinking too late the first night in a new town.

So here is what I did.  In 2009 and 2010 I looked at all the series that had 3 games.  It didn’t matter how many were scheduled.  I didn’t want to look at two and four game series because the second game could play more like a second game or a last game if there were some strange effect involving second games or last games.

Now this causes a problem.  There are only 35 three game series.  So statistically you can’t make any real conclusion.  Even if you could you would want to compare to other MLB teams .  Maybe all teams do better the second game of a series because they often travel before the first game and the home team may already have been home and not had to travel.  It may also be that that a team is better at day or night games.  Third games are more likely to be day games.  I did not track whether a series was the first, second or third series in a road trip.  I think you get the idea.  We shouldn’t conclude anything.  Let’s do it anyway!

    2010    
         
  Series Game 1 Game 2 Game 3
April Royals 1 0 1
  Mariners 0 0 1
May Twins 0 0 0
  Dodgers 0 0 1
June Royals 0 1 0
  White Sox 1 0 0
  Mets 0 0 1
  Atlanta 0 0 1
  Twins 1 0 0
July Red Sox 1 0 0
August White Sox 0 1 1
  Twins 0 0 1
September Royals 1 1 0
  White Sox 1 1 1
  Indians 0 0 0
    6-9 4-11 8-7
         
    2009    
         
  Series Game 1 Game 2 Game 3
April Mariners 0 1 1
  Angels 0 1 0
  Royals 0 1 1
May Indians 1 1 1
  Twins 0 0 0
  Royals 1 0 1
June Pirates 1 0 0
  Cardinals 0 0 1
  Astros 0 0 1
  Athletics 0 1 0
July Twins 1 0 0
  Yankess 0 0 0
  Rangers 0 0 1
  Indians 0 1 0
August Athletics 1 0 0
  Angels 1 1 0
September Rays 1 1 1
  Royals 0 0 0
  Twins 0 0 1
  Indinas 1 1 1
    8-12 9-11 10-10
         
2 seasons 14-21 13-22 18-17

 

The Tigers were 0.400 in game ones, 0.371 in game twos and 0.514 in game threes.

Since it is only a 4 game difference on a small sample it probably means nothing.  I’m going to blame Damon and Laird for keeping the team out late the first day in each city, though.

 

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