Splits are a massive part of the game of baseball. Even though I have been watching baseball for 17 years, I still can’t wrap my head around how good some players can be in certain situations.
Some players relish the moment they get to be in the box with the game on the line, some players dread that possibility. Some players thrive in front of their home crowd, some play their worst with the thought of disappointing the fan base filling their minds.
Whatever the case may be, there is no denying that a baseball player cannot be good in every situation. Even in the season where Barry Bonds hit 71 home runs, he only got on base 24% of the time when he was down in the count.
Speaking of splits, let’s take a look at who has been the best home hitters and the best road hitters for your 2023 Diamondbacks.
Diamondbacks best home hitters
Trust me, I know it is early, but rookie Dom Fletcher is raking. I don’t think he could have dreamed of a better start to his career.
In 10 road games, Fletcher is 10-39 (.256) with an OPS of .643. Not bad, but not great either. In 10 games at home, however, Fletcher is 14-32 (.438) with 2 HRs, 11 RBIs, and he has recorded an OPS of 1.205. Elite.
Right now, Fletcher is the guy that almost every kid who comes to the ballpark will dream of being like one day when they grow up. His stance and swing are being imitated in backyards all across Arizona.
The second player that is red hot at home is the current leader of the offense, Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
Overall, Gurriel Jr. has been nothing short of fantastic this season. On the road (23 games), he is hitting .300 with 9 extra-base hits and 10 RBIs rounding out to an OPS of .836. At home, however (20 games), he has 12 extra-base hits, 16 runs, 17 RBIs, and an OPS of 1.066.
That Varsho trade is looking pretty darn good for the D-backs right about now…
Diamondbacks best road hitters
How about Geraldo Perdomo? Talk about a breakout season; I think his 2023 campaign might be the definition of that. A bat full of juice, Perdomo is feared by every pitcher twirling it in front of their home crowd.
At home this season (18 games) Perdomo has a .359 OBP along with 9 RBIs. Very solid numbers, but the crazy thing is, his road numbers blow those out of the water.
On the road this season (19 games) Perdomo is slashing .388/.483/.673 for an OPS of 1.156. He has also added 3 HRs, 14 RBIs, and 15 runs in away contents. You truly can’t say enough good things about what Perdomo has accomplished this season. (Side note: Perdomo also has a 2 OAA, which means he has also been good defensively).
Is it any surprise that Corbin Carroll makes this list?
At home this season (23 games) Carroll has recorded 14 runs and an OPS of .815. Once again, very solid numbers, but also once again, his road splits pop off the page.
In 22 road games, Carroll is getting on base at a .391 clip, he has stolen 8 bags, and he has swatted 4 homers. Also on the road, he is drawing a walk in almost 14% of his plate appearances which is considered great.
Different guys getting the job done at home and on the road, you love to see it…