Rays tragic number is 5

Loyal readers may remember my June 2005 post regarding the history of large team home/road winning percentage disparities …

The last iteration of the home/road splitsville discussion

Well, with 6 games to go, your 2006 Tampa Bay Devil Rays have a shot at becoming the first team in over 60 years to play at least .500 ball at home while playing UNDER .250 ball on the road.

The others … (with home and road records respectively)

Team Year GM W L Win%      Team Year GM W L Win% diff.
PHA    1945 77 39 35 .527       PHA 1945 76 13 63 .171 .356
BLA   1902 64 32 30 .516        BLA 1902 77 18 57 .240 .276

Tampa has finished its home games for the year, going 41-40 (.506).  They currently sit at 19-56 (.253) on the road, with 3 games in Boston and 3 in Cleveland to end the season.  If they can lose 5 of those 6 games, they will finish 20-61 (.247) on the road.

The stats geek in me is rooting for 5 losses …

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