Five things we learned from Phillies series win over Rockies
The home-field advantage is real
After Thursday’s win, the Phillies are 22-12 at Citizens Bank Park this year compared to 13-19 on the road. Four of their five sweeps have come at home, while they have been swept on the road twice (April 3-4 by the Mets, June 1-3 by the Giants). They have not won a series on the road since April 13-15 against the Rays.
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Unsurprisingly, the Phillies have fared far better at home both on the mound and at the plate. As of Monday, they rank third-worst in weighted on-base average and OPS and worst in strikeout percentage while. Meanwhile, they rank 12th and wOBA and 14th in OPS while at home. Their pitchers hold the best fielding-independent pitching, seventh-best ERA, and eight-best WHIP at home. On the road, they rank 10th, 16th, and 15th in each category, respectively.
This home field advantage comes despite the fact that attendance is below-average for the league. About 24,927 people have attended each game on average so far this season, 18th among all teams.
Their overall attendance of 822,590 ranks 19th in the league. Even though the team is performing much better this season, attendance is down 1,786 people per game.
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Even though attendance is relatively poor, Citizens Bank Park has still been a safe haven this year. The team is faring much better there compared to anywhere else overall. Being able to win on the road is huge for any team, but at this point ,they have to find wins any way they can.