This year, Chase Field has been a good place to get things right.
Losers of four of their last six games back on May 9, the Diamondbacks returned to Phoenix looking to re-find their offense. Arizona lost the homestand opener to Detroit before reeling off wins in six of the next eight. Now, the D-backs find themselves at 24-18 overall and 17-8 at home heading into a three-game series in San Diego.
After a befuddling 2016 season in which the D-backs sputtered by winning three fewer games at home than on the road — it was the third-worst home mark in MLB — the success in the Valley this year has been refreshing.
Here’s how Arizona has fared at home in 2017, by the numbers, as of Thursday.
A caveat: the D-backs have played the most innings of any team at their respective home, somewhat inflating their totals.
Opponents have hit .224 at Chase Field, the sixth-worst mark for visiting teams in MLB.
The D-backs are first in MLB by batting .297 on their respective home turf.
Brandon Drury’s .393 average at Chase Field. No other player hits better at their home park.
Arizona has a groundball-to-flyball ratio of 1.41 at Chase Field. That’s seventh-best of teams at their respective homes.
The D-backs have opened the year with three straight winning homestands for the third time in team history (1999, 2002).
The ERA by the Arizona pitching staff at Chase Field is the 12th-lowest in MLB at home.
Colorado Rockies slugger Charlie Blackmon has 34 home hits at Coors Field and is tied with Paul Goldschmidt’s 34 at Chase. Four more D-backs rank in the top-six with the most hits at home: Drury (33), Chris Owings (33), A.J. Pollock (31) and David Peralta (29).
Arizona’s 42 dingers at home also lead the majors by five (the Yankees at Yankee Stadium are second).
Maybe the most curious statistic: 64 of Arizona’s doubles have occurred in its own ballpark, by far leading MLB. The Brewers are a far second place with 46 at Miller Park. How skewed is that statistic? The Diamondbacks have only recorded 77 total doubles this year, meaning just 13 have come on the road.
Arizona hasn’t exactly stopped opponents from crossing home plate in their own ballpark. At Chase Field, they’ve allowed 108 runs to score, the third-most allowed at home in the majors.
By scoring 157 runs, the D-backs lead all MLB squads in runs scored at their home ballpark. That’s 21 more than the next-best team, the Brewers.
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