Home cooking working for Marlins
MIAMI — Marlins Park may not be the most ideal place to hit a home run, but it certainly has become a nice home field advantage for the Marlins.
In their third season playing in the retractable-roof ballpark, the Marlins seem to have figured out how to make the spacious field work to their advantage.
The Marlins, 11-4 at Marlins Park, have the most home victories in the Majors. Their 94 runs at home also are a league high.
“I think we’re starting to see a comfort level at home,” manager Mike Redmond said.
But on the flip side, they are 2-10 on the road, making them one of the worst away teams entering May.
Maybe things will balance out. Most likely they will. But Miami certainly has a comfort level, and an approach at the plate at home to use the big gaps and open spaces to their advantage. They are even hitting some home runs at home. And Giancarlo Stanton isn’t the only one doing it.
In Wednesday night’s 9-3 rout of the Braves, Marcell Ozuna connected on a three-run shot and Christian Yelich delivered a two-run homer.
The only other team in the Majors with at least 10 wins at home is the Giants (10-5).
But on the road, only the Indians have more than 10 losses. Cleveland is 4-11. The Padres are 6-10.
– Joe Frisaro