So, normally this column is a compilation of great/terrible/interesting performances from the previous day's action. However, yesterday didn't really produce anything like that: no 16-strike out games, no 44-point performances, nobody with a hat trick or a playoff shutout or anything like that. So instead, we're going to talk about a statistical anomaly in the world of baseball that is particularly interesting/unlikely/weird over the course of a full season
M. Scherzer (DET): 3-0 with a 6.23 ERA (road); 3-0 with a 0.96 ERA (home)
pitched only 3% more innings on the road last year, Scherzer still gave up four more home runs and walked six more batters on the road--in only three more innings. Likewise, this season Scherzer has walked five more batters on the road in 5.1 fewer innings. He's also given up eight round-trippers away from Detroit but zero at home. This means that Scherzer is better able to limit the damage at home, while on the road he is prone to the big inning. This then leads us to the final question: why is Scherzer giving up more home runs on the road? Unfortunately, there is no clear answer to this question. Though it makes sense that the young Tigers hurler gave up four home runs in Yankees Stadium (the second-easiest park in which to hit a four-bagger), he also gave up two home runs at Cleveland's Progressive Field and one at Seattle's Safeco Field--the fifth and ninth-hardest stadiums at which to hit one out, respectively. This means that Scherzer is simply prone to the longball on the road. It was the same last season (12 road/eight home), his first year pitching at Comerica Park. By the way, Comerica is the 15th-easiest/16th-hardest place to hit a home run--right in the middle. So the Tigers aren't any more or less likely to give up home runs there, Max Scherzer is just an anomaly.