Home has not been so sweet for the Mets since mid-August
Perhaps having home field advantage in a playoff series would not be so advantageous for the Mets in 2015.
Certainly their play – especially in the first two games of their final regular season series – suggests starting a playoff series in any other building than Citi Field might be what they need.
The problem for the Mets in their last two games at home is that it can’t be solely attributable to the club coming off the high of clinching the division with a week to go, as it’s merely an extension of a growing situation for the Mets and their ability to be productive at home.
Indeed, since July 25, the Mets have scored 351 runs, lead the National League and rank second in the big leagues with 99 home runs. They’ve gone 40-24 in that span, averaging 5.5 runs per game during that span.
But things have not been so rosy for the Mets at home during that span.
The Mets have gone just 14-16 at Citi Field since July 25, scoring more than 1.5 runs per game less at home during that span with 117 runs in those 30 games, an average of 3.9 per game.
What’s worse, the Mets have lost 14 of their last 20 games at home, and have scored just three runs per game during that span, dating back to August 14.
In addition, the weather at Citi Field won’t exactly be conducive for offense towards the middle of October, when the Mets hope to be at home playing deep into the postseason.
On the flip side, short of their flame out against the Phillies this past week in Philadelphia, the Mets have been dominant away from Citi Field since July 25.
They’re 24-8 on the road since July 25, scoring 226 runs in those 32 games, an average of 7.1 per game during that span.
Takeaway the three games against the Phillies, and they’re 24-5, scoring 218 runs in those 29 games, an average of over 7.5 runs per game from July 25-September 27.
This is a stark contrast from a Met team that started their season 34-14 at Citi Field and 17-32 away from Citi Field during the first half.
Maybe home is not so sweet for the Mets after all.