By the numbers: D-backs could be MLB’s best road team
May 6, 2019, 7:47 AM | Updated: May 7, 2019, 11:50 am
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The Arizona Diamondbacks have been on an absolute tear, having won 14 of their last 19 games.
The hot streak stems from their offensive production at the plate.
Arizona has one of the best offenses in the league, but the team oddly enough is better on the road than at Chase Field.
Here is a look at the D-backs’ 2019 season through May 5 by the numbers:
BOTH HOME AND ROAD GAMES
The Diamondbacks have averaged 5.50 runs scored per game thus far. That number ranks fourth in MLB and second in the NL. The only NL team that has a better runs scored per game average is the Chicago Cubs with 5.90.
Arizona has scored 187 runs this season, which ranks fourth in MLB and second in the NL. The D-backs only trail the Dodgers in the NL, as Los Angeles has scored 191 runs this year.
The D-backs’ offense leads MLB in hits and doubles with 326 and 85, respectively.
Arizona has posted a season batting average of .267 to go along with 52 home runs and 179 RBI. The Diamondbacks’ batting average ranks first and second in the NL and MLB, respectively.
The D-backs are one of the league’s best home run hitting teams, as Arizona’s 52 big flies on the year are good enough to rank tied for sixth in baseball and tied for third in the NL.
The D-backs are also among the league’s best in slugging percentage (.485) and OPS (.831). Arizona’s slugging percentage is the third-best in MLB, but the Diamondbacks own that crown in the NL while their OPS ranks fourth in the majors and second in the NL.
ONLY ROAD GAMES
Arizona has played 20 of its first 34 games on the road this season, which is tied for the second-most in baseball and tied for the most in the NL alongside division rivals in the Dodgers and Colorado Rockies. While that inflates the totals, they’re clearly producing.
Arizona is MLB’s best road team in total bases (377), hits (208), runs scored (121-tie) and doubles (54).
The team has a higher batting average on the road (.281) compared to its .245 average in the Valley. The D-backs’ .281 away average is the best in baseball.
The D-backs have nearly doubled their RBI count on the road versus at home, as Arizona has batted in 117 runs on the road while only mustering 62 at home. The Diamondbacks’ RBI count on the road is MLB’s second-best and the NL’s best.
Of the Diamondbacks’ 52 home runs this season, 35 of those have come on the road, which ranks third in MLB and first in the NL.
The Diamondbacks are also in MLB’s top three for road slugging percentage (.509) and OPS (.843). Arizona’s slugging percentage is the second-best in MLB and the best in the NL, while its OPS ranks third in the majors and second in the NL, just .19 points behind the Cubs (.862). The D-backs boast the NL’s third-best road on-base percentage of .334 as well.