Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
The Mets start a nine-game road trip Tuesday night that will take them through Atlanta, Los Angeles and Arizona in nine days, and this may actually be a good thing. Why? They have a .502 winning percentage (122-121) on the road since 2011, but a .421 winning percentage at home during that same time.
“If there was something concrete to put your hands on, we would have found it,” David Wright said (Wall Street Journal, Apr. 8). “I’m not sure there is anything concrete that you can say, ‘Hey, this is the reason.'”
It is pretty crazy. “#MetsRadio” host James Flippin and I talked about this during his podcast yesterday, which you can listen to here. Basically, no one has the answer. Is it the wind patterns or dimensions in Citi Field? Is it pregame media obligations? Travel to the ballpark? Resources at the ballpark? Bullpen management late in games? Last at bat? Bad luck? Who knows?
It is maddening, though, especially when realizing how much more successful these last few years could have been if they had just played better in their own ballpark. I mean, an average home record last season would have meant a .500 season and a Wild Card run.
In an effort to improve at home, the team is trying to mimic conditions and routines on the road, such as changing their pregame menu and eating times, (Wall Street Journal, Apr. 8).