Through the first six games of their current home stand, the Yankees have scored 44 runs. That success doesn't come as much of a surprise, given how effective their offense has been at Yankee Stadium this season. Through the weekend, the Yankees were sitting second in baseball in home OPS at .828 and second in home runs with 56 (they added two more last night) despite having played the second fewest home games. They were leading the majors in home ISO at .211 and scoring 5.56 runs per game, which goes a long way toward explaining a 20-13 Bronx record.
Road games have told a very different tale. Away from the Stadium, the Yankees' .684 OPS ranks just 16th in baseball. On the road, they're a shell of their home selves power-wise with a 12th-ranking .141 ISO and over 20 fewer homers in four extra games. It's not just the power game, but also the team's ability to get on base that takes a huge dive in away games to the tune of a .305 OBP, compared with an outstanding .343 mark at home.
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The 2015 Yankees are more tailor-made for Yankee Stadium's short right field porch than any other roster they've had in recent memory, with a regular lineup that features just one actual right-handed hitter. Assuming Ramon Flores will now be the most-used left fielder, the everyday order boasts four lefties in a row from seven to one, and that'll remain the case from eight to two once Jacoby Ellsbury returns. And it's not just that the Yankees are an extremely left-handed offense - they're also a wildly pull-happy and fly ball-centric bunch. Together, they lead all major league teams in pull rate at 44.5% and they're third in fly ball rate at 36.3%. Those numbers, combined with the Stadium's dimensions, has yielded a homer to fly ball rate of 16.8% at home, which is second only to the also park-aided Houston Astros.
On an individual basis, the Yankees lineup sports some pretty astounding splits on the home-road front from most of the lefty-swinging regulars. Stephen Drew has somehow seen over a quarter of his hits this season leave the yard, and 8 of his 11 dingers have come at home. Through Sunday he was slashing a fairly respectable .214/.270/.485 at Yankee Stadium and a useless .164/.240/.300 on the road. Brian McCann's resurgence this season has been founded on a similar discrepancy. 9 of his 11 home runs have been in the Bronx and his 1.089 home OPS dwarfs the .591 mark that he's managed elsewhere. Ditto on Brett Gardner, who has a .939 OPS and six home runs at home vs. .658 and two away, and Didi Gregorius, who's hit all four of his home runs this year at the Stadium.
Is the Yankees' offensive prowess at home and relative futility on the road something worth fretting over? Not necessarily. It could be a solid predictor of future success as the Yankees have played more away games so far and are only a game out of first in the AL East. After the all-star break, they'll be at home for 40 of their final 74 contests, and that should be helpful in what figures to be a tight pennant race throughout. They're also done playing in most of the tougher hitters' parks on the AL docket, including Oakland, Seattle and Kansas City.
Bringing a middling offense to the fight around half the time isn't ideal, but it beats doing that all the time as the Yankees did in 2013 and 2014. Arguably their three best hitters in Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, and Ellsbury haven't been neutralized in road games, so it's not as if the away attack is a complete disaster. Adding a little more balance in the type of hitter they employ wouldn't be a bad thing, but barring a trade or a major prospect contribution, continuing to rake at home is a formula that should at least keep the Yankees competitive.