When Martin Prado, Randall Delgado, Zeke Spruill, and Nick Ahmed were traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks on January 24th, 2013 for Justin Upton and a throw-in player named Chris Johnson, there were quite a few nay-sayers suggesting that the Braves had given up too much for an inconsistent outfielder that would never reach his potential. One of the key points of criticism was Justin’s propensity to hit well only within the friendly hitting confines of Chase Field.
There was some validity to that point:
- 2012: .313/ 11 HR at home; .252/ 6 HR away (+.059/+5)
- 2011: .333/20 HR at home; .246/11 HR away (+.087/+9)
- 2010: .282/ 8 HR at home; .264/ 9 HR away (+.018/-1)
- 2009: .305/14 HR at home; .296/12 HR away (+.009/+2)
- 2008: .321/12 HR at home; .169/ 3 HR away (+.152/+9)
Well, after perhaps a year of adjustment in which Upton’s home/road splits were almost identical, that “Home Cookin'” factor has returned with a vengeance. Check this out:
- 2014 at Turner Field: .382 / 9 HR in 22 games
- 2014 on the road: .195 / 3 HR in 20 games
- difference: + .187 / +6
- Troy Tulowitzki (Rockies): .552 vs. .247 (difference of .305)
- Drew Stubbs (Rockies): .469 vs. .171 (.298)
- Ike Davis (Mets/Pirates): .350 vs. .114 (this one is interesting since he’s just been traded)
- Chris Owings (DBacks): .202 differential
- Seth Smith (Padres): .196 differential
- Justin Upton: .187 differential
For the record, Shin-Soo Choo is the most anti-homer: .423 on the road, and just .230 back home in Arlington. Chris Johnson is the Braves’ hitter with the worst anti-home split: he’s hitting 79 points higher on the road… a baffling figure considering that he was 6 points higher at home in 2013, 33 points better at home in 2012.
Oh, and did I neglect to mention that the Rockies are coming to Turner Field this weekend? As a team, they are hitting .350 in Denver… but just .251 on the road.
Bring ‘em on in… Justin will be waiting for them.
Check out the Razorgator Blog for an update on Braves tickets in 2014!