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D-Backs on pace to allow record 115 homers at home

By Matthew Mcclure
Apr 18, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Archie Bradley (25) gets a visit on the mound by pitching coach Mike Butcher {23) in the first inning of the MLB baseball game in the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 18, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Archie Bradley (25) gets a visit on the mound by pitching coach Mike Butcher {23) in the first inning of the MLB baseball game in the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Diamondbacks have struggled at home this season to the tune of a 13-27 record at Chase Field this year.  This would put them on pace to win about 28 games at home this season. This would be the fewest home wins in franchise history– including their 111-loss 2004 season.

This is particularly the fault of the team’s pitching staff. The Diamondbacks have pitched far better on the road this year than they have at home. . When they have been the visitors, they have a higher strikeout rate, lower walk ratio, and a better WHIP.

At home, the team has pitched awfully all season. Arizona has given up 57 home runs in 40 home games, which would put them on pace to give up 115 homers at home. This would shatter the club-record of 100, which was set in 2005.

This problem is reflected in the team’s ERA. The team ERA at home this season has been astronomically higher than their ERA while outside the desert. The pitchers are flashing a 5.32 ERA at home versus a decent 3.61 ERA when off their home grass. Not good.

While some may point to Zack Greinke and say that his home woes have hurt the teams stats that shouldn’t be the case. He hasn’t had a loss since May 12 and hasn’t given up more than four earned runs since April. As well as the fact that only six total runs were tallied against him in the month of June.

Veteran pitchers such as Shelby Miller and Patrick Corbin need to lead the charge for change at Chase Field. The pitching staff has a chance to turn it around as there is still over half the season left but something different needs to happen sooner rather than later.

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