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Less Than 25 Home Wins Within 1st 120 Games Of Season – Since 1996

Posted by Steve Lombardi on August 15, 2011

Since 1996, how many teams have won less than 25 games at home within their first 120 games of the season?

Here is the list -

Rk Tm Year #Matching W L   W-L% ERA CG SHO SV IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP
1 DET 2003 14 14 0 Ind. Games 1.000 2.00 0 3 11 126.0 89 28 11 39 72 1.02
2 ARI 2004 18 18 0 Ind. Games 1.000 3.57 1 1 8 164.0 158 65 14 67 133 1.37
3 CIN 2001 18 18 0 Ind. Games 1.000 2.66 2 1 7 166.0 147 49 9 48 115 1.17
4 HOU 2011 19 19 0 Ind. Games 1.000 2.07 0 3 6 174.0 141 40 17 55 126 1.13
5 MIL 1999 20 20 0 Ind. Games 1.000 2.64 1 3 8 181.0 150 53 19 50 119 1.10
6 MIL 2003 21 21 0 Ind. Games 1.000 2.50 1 1 9 198.0 155 55 21 63 147 1.10
7 ARI 1998 22 22 0 Ind. Games 1.000 2.65 2 1 12 200.0 162 59 20 52 118 1.07
8 KCR 1998 22 22 0 Ind. Games 1.000 3.10 1 1 8 200.0 189 69 15 69 147 1.29
9 ANA 1999 23 23 0 Ind. Games 1.000 2.74 1 1 12 210.0 158 64 23 86 123 1.16
10 CIN 1998 23 23 0 Ind. Games 1.000 2.20 2 3 11 205.0 143 50 11 75 146 1.06
11 DET 1996 23 23 0 Ind. Games 1.000 3.52 6 3 6 207.0 186 81 22 96 139 1.36
12 HOU 2000 23 23 0 Ind. Games 1.000 3.68 3 0 8 208.0 191 85 28 70 168 1.25
13 KCR 1999 23 23 0 Ind. Games 1.000 4.13 3 0 8 209.0 190 96 28 85 113 1.32
14 KCR 2005 23 23 0 Ind. Games 1.000 3.32 0 0 14 208.2 189 77 14 81 148 1.29
15 PHI 1997 23 23 0 Ind. Games 1.000 2.80 3 1 12 212.0 163 66 18 64 194 1.07
16 SDP 2011 23 23 0 Ind. Games 1.000 1.82 0 3 13 213.0 163 43 7 54 176 1.02
17 TBD 1999 23 23 0 Ind. Games 1.000 2.94 3 3 17 211.0 182 69 15 89 165 1.28
18 WSN 2008 23 23 0 Ind. Games 1.000 2.51 0 4 8 219.0 182 61 18 66 131 1.13
19 DET 1998 24 24 0 Ind. Games 1.000 2.47 3 1 13 219.0 191 60 28 75 144 1.21
20 FLA 2011 24 24 0 Ind. Games 1.000 2.19 2 4 12 218.0 167 53 13 59 201 1.04
21 MIN 1999 24 24 0 Ind. Games 1.000 2.99 0 2 12 223.0 195 74 24 67 162 1.17
22 SDP 2003 24 24 0 Ind. Games 1.000 2.35 0 4 13 222.0 173 58 16 91 171 1.19
23 SEA 2008 24 24 0 Ind. Games 1.000 2.75 0 2 12 216.0 185 66 20 79 174 1.22
24 SFG 2008 24 24 0 Ind. Games 1.000 2.17 1 3 13 220.0 171 53 12 82 195 1.15
25 TBD 2002 24 24 0 Ind. Games 1.000 2.28 3 1 6 229.0 167 58 17 76 145 1.06
26 TBD 2001 24 24 0 Ind. Games 1.000 2.68 0 0 14 222.0 188 66 20 63 177 1.13
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Generated 8/15/2011.

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Man, it's not been a good year for Astros, Padres and Marlins season ticket holders...

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16 Responses to “Less Than 25 Home Wins Within 1st 120 Games Of Season – Since 1996”

  1. Interesting that the Pirates are not on this list at all.

  2. I was surprised to not see the White Sox on here, given that we completely suck at home and are way above average on the road. I looked at the White Sox page and it says that they have 26 home wins, so they just missed being on here.

  3. Woof, those '03 Tigers were atrocious. I'm half-convinced that part of Alan Trammell's difficulty in getting into the Hall of Fame comes from the fallout of this bomb of a team: their pitching staff *as a whole* was replacement level (-0.2 WAR), their offense was only 0.6 WAR, and they were butchers afield (-4.5 WAR). It's the very definition of "replacement-level performance." Geez laweez.

    Then, they fired him and immediately went to the Series in 2006. ZOMG Jim Leyland is teh awsumz !!!one!@two! And maybe he is, but poor Trammell.

  4. Marlins season ticket holders? They exist?!

  5. Re:the '97 Phillies. It's good to be reminded how bad this team was- it helps make the good times now that much better.

  6. Joe Garrison Says:

    That 1999 Royals team had a team ERA of over 4.00 in those home wins. They had one of the better outfields in recent memory (Damon, Dye, Beltran) and a young Mike Sweeney. But as they say, good hit no pitch. Their season record was more than ten games below Pythagorean Expectations.

  7. Interesting to see 2003 Milwaukee on there given their crazy success at home this year. Guess they figured out the ballpark by now.

  8. It's "fewer" than 25 games, but thanks a lot for this.

    It's interesting how many teams on this list are so bad that I remember them specifically. The '03 Tigers had to get hot at the end of the year to hit 40 (!!) wins. The '04 D-backs cost Randy Johnson a Cy Young. SI dissed the '01 Reds in their season preview because Elmer Dessens was their best pitcher. Eric Milton threw a no-no against the Angels that had much more to do with the lineup than the pitcher. So many bad teams on this list.

  9. DoubleDiamond Says:

    I count one team with a World Series championship just two seasons in the future, two with World Series championships only three seasons in the future, and one more (the one that leads off the list) with a World Series appearance just three seasons in the future.

  10. @4 - They do, but they never show up

  11. Sean does not define "elite" hitter in his NY Times article. That should be noted.

    At risk of oversimplfying, I think that what is the heart of Sean's thinking is the fallacy of using RBI, on its own, as a measure of the quality of a hitter.

    We can pick at some of the specifics of the article, but the fact remains that a batter cannot control the number of runners on base when he comes to the plate. He only has control over turning himself into an RBI with the long ball.

    RBI is a stat, like wins for a pitcher, that is used by those uninclined to dig a little deeper. Look at the amount of weight it is given by MVP voters!

    Think about it for a minute before you go off on me. Is it possible that there is some similarity between how Joe Carter was viewed at the time and how Ryan Howard is seen today? Hold on, hold on, hear me out.

    Ryan Howard is a much more productive hitter than Carter ever was. However, just as Carter's reputation was inflated by his RBI totals, so may Howard's today.

    Sean's article is provocative, but don't lose sight of his main point, in my opinion.

    I think the table posted in this blog is not a good follow-up to the NY Times article. It tends to obscure the RBI issue as it relates to Howard rather than illuminating it.

  12. @11
    Sorry, please disregard. Wrong blog.

  13. Kahuna Tuna Says:

    From 1919 to 1995, team won, at home, in team's first 120 games, sorted by smallest number of games in a single season matching the selected criteria:

    • 1956 Athletics and 1961 Phillies, 13 wins
    • 1939 Browns and 1962 Mets, 15 wins
    • 1940 Phillies, 1944 Phillies, and 1969 Padres, 16 wins
    • 1919 Athletics, 1924 Phillies, 1928 Braves, 1937 Athletics, 1953 Browns, and 1981 Blue Jays, 17 wins

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  15. John Garrett Franklin Says:

    It is interesting to see that among the teams listed above that the 2011 San Diego Padres have had the lowest ERA in their wins by a wide margin. This is further testament to how weak their offense has been this season, requiring nearly perfect pitching to muster a win.

  16. Kahuna Tuna Says:

    JGF, the Padres' announcing team tonight kept trumpeting the fact that the Padres lead the National League in runs scored since the All-Star break. They really have done much better in the past five weeks:

    First half: 40-52, 304 RF, 338 RA (3.30 R/GF, 3.67 R/GA), 3 games scoring 10+ runs, 15 times shut out

    Second half: 15-17, 164 RF, 139 RA (5.12 R/GF, 4.34 R/GA), 4 games scoring 10+ runs, 1 time shut out