In the playoffs, a team’s record means the difference between playing the majority of your games in the comfortable confines of the home park and not traveling to enemy territory.
There are plenty of advantages to playing at home: shorter commute to the park and less traveling, the raucous fans cheering on every strikeout or rally, and the perks of being at home instead of a hotel. And the home team gets to play the majority of the games in the series in their familiar field. Who wouldn’t want to be near their fans when the biggest moments of the baseball season unfold?
In these playoffs, however, the home team has been on the losing end nine times out of the 14 total games (including the sudden death playoff). That, alone, is a remarkable statistic to think about. Aside from the Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics series where the home team has won each game (not including today’s matchup), every other series has been an inconsistent trend of momentum.
It brings to mind whether or not home field advantage is even an advantage, especially after the year’s first round results.