Marlins showing more power away from home
PHOENIX — For the Marlins’ hitters, there is no place like the road.
With each passing day, we’re seeing a larger sample size. What is becoming very clear is the Marlins are a more productive team — power-wise — at the plate away from Marlins Park.
Giancarlo Stanton led the way on Monday night with two home runs in Miami’s 12-3 rout of the D-backs at Chase Field. The Marlins belted four home runs and hammered out a season most 20 hits.
The 12 runs were one run shy of their top scoring game of the season, 13 at Citi Field on Aug. 8. They hit four homers in that game, too, with Stanton providing a pair. Miami’s only other double-digit scoring game came on July 13, when they lost 13-12 at Milwaukee. They belted five homers in a 10-inning loss that day.
It’s not shocking the Marlins hitters are belting homers on the road, because Marlins Park is one of the biggest in the game. The building ranks 26 out of 30 in total home runs.
In 63 road games, the Marlins have 65 home runs, compared to 44 in 60 games at home. Miami also has scored more runs on the road, 239 to 226. And they have more total hits 525 to 480.
The Marlins do have a higher batting average at home, .248 to .241, and more RBIs, 220 to 219. Maybe that isn’t shocking, because with a spacious outfield, more balls are likely to drop for hits.
But if fans like the excitement of the home run, it is not occurring at the same rate in Miami.
With Stanton’s immense power, he can crush the ball out of any building. That said, he’s benefited by some shorter fenches this season. For instance, both of his home runs at Citi Field on Aug. 8 would not have cleared the wall a year ago. The Mets had the fences moved in this year, and neither shot a few weeks ago cleared the old wall.
On the current West Coast trip, Stanton has five home runs. Now, overall, he has 14 of his 26 homers away from home. And he’s played in seven less road games — 50 to 43.
If the trend continues, and it is likely, Marlins fans will get to enjoy their team hitting the long ball more while watching TV than from their seats at Marlins Park.
– Joe Frisaro