The Brewers have become the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of the National League, at least in terms of offense.
At home, the Brewers are an offensive juggernaut. On the road, they are 78-pound weaklings.
Entering play Wednesday, the Brewers were at or near the top of the National League in most offensive categories at home and at or near the bottom in most offensive categories on the road. For example, the Brewers had scored 105 runs in 19 home games, the third-highest total in the league. In 23 road games, they had scored only 66 runs, tied with Arizona for the fewest in the league.
At home, the Brewers ranked first with a .374 on-base percentage, .499 slugging percentage and .873 OPS. On the road, they ranked last with a .277 OBP, 15th with a .611 slugging percentage and last with a .611 OPS.
The most telling statistic was runs scored per game. At home, the Brewers were averaging 5.52 runs per game. On the road, they were averaging nearly half that average -- 2.87.
"Our ballpark is a great hitting park," said manager Ron Roenicke. "Those balls (long outs by Prince Fielder and Casey McGehee on Tuesday in Los Angeles) aren't even in question whether they go out in our ballpark."
"You've got to give it some time. I talked about the great pitching we faced on that last road trip (2-8 record at Houston, Atlanta and St. Louis). I thought it was outstanding pitching.
"I don't think it's that big of a deal right now. It could be an aberration."
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