The Phillies have been amazing on the road this season and struggling badly at home. As you can probably guess, they are scoring more runs on their games on the road. The chart below shows how many runs they have scored overall, in their games at home and on the road and the total number of runs they would score if they produced runs at that rate over 162 games for each category:

  G RS RS/G RS/G*162
Total 61 337 5.52 895
Home 29 145 5.00 810
Away 32 192 6.00 972

And, as you have also probably guessed, they have been much better at preventing runs on the road than they have at home:

  G RA RA/G RA/G*162
Total 61 298 4.89 791
Home 29 161 5.55 899
Away 32 137 4.28 694

Clearly the Phillies have been better at both scoring and preventing runs on the road. One of those areas has been a much bigger issue than the other, though. To give you a hint, the thing where they’re scoring five runs a game at home isn’t so much a problem.

Not counting yesterday’s games, here’s how many runs the teams in the NL have scored per games this season (ordered by the number of runs they’ve scored):

Team G R RS/Game
Philadelphia
LA Dodgers
Colorado
Florida
Milwaukee
NY Mets
St. Louis
Pittsburgh
Washington
Arizona
Atlanta
Cincinnati
Houston
Chicago Cubs
San Francisco
San Diego
61
64
63
65
63
61
64
63
62
64
62
62
62
60
62
62
337
321
318
307
288
284
279
278
277
274
263
262
260
253
248
241
5.52
5.02
5.05
4.72
4.57
4.66
4.36
4.41
4.47
4.28
4.24
4.23
4.19
4.22
4.00
3.89

The Phillies have been awful at home this season in terms of wins and losses. They’ve scored a run a game more on the road than they have at home, but they’re still scoring five runs a game at home. Five runs a game is a lot. There are 15 teams in the NL that aren’t the Phillies. Two of them have scored five runs a game or more this season. If the Phillies played 162 games and scored runs at the rate they are scoring them at home, they would score 810 runs. That’s more runs than they scored in 2008. In ’08 there was only one NL team that scored more than 810 runs for the season — the Cubs scored 855.

So while the Phillies may be scoring less runs at home than they are on the road, they’re still scoring a ton of runs at home.

The bigger problem is the rate at which they are allowing runs. Here’s the number of runs allowed by NL teams this season:

Team G RA RA/Game
Washington
Florida
Arizona
San Diego
Colorado
Philadelphia
Houston
Atlanta
Milwaukee
Pittsburgh
St. Louis
NY Mets
Cincinnati
Chicago Cubs
LA Dodgers
San Francisco
61
64
63
61
62
60
61
61
62
62
63
60
61
59
63
61
355
324
304
301
295
292
290
271
267
267
266
265
259
243
237
232
5.82
5.06
4.83
4.93
4.76
4.87
4.75
4.44
4.31
4.31
4.22
4.42
4.25
4.12
3.76
3.80

Again, 15 teams in the NL that aren’t the Phillies. Just one of them, the miserable Nationals, are allowing more runs per game for the season than the 5.55 that the Phillies have allowed at home. If the Phils allowed 5.55 runs per game over 162 games they would allow about 899. No team in the NL allowed that many runs in 2008. The Pirates allowed the most runs and they gave up 884.

Joe Savery is pitching well at Reading.