Leaderboard of the day: team OPS in road games

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MLB.com has rolled out some new stats pages, and it looks like those tantalizing splits they’ve always sort of featured but that only end up working half of the time at best are actually fully operational.

So, using those splits, here’s a leaderboard for today.  I’m looking at each team’s OPS in road games only, and then contrasting that to where the team rank in home games:

1. Cardinals – .792 – 19
2. Yankees – .776 – 4
3. Tigers – .761 – 10
4. Dodgers – .760 – 27
5. Red Sox – .751 – 1
6. Angels – .749 – 25
7. Rays – .741 – 24
8. Mets – .718 – 12
9. Pirates – .709 – 29
10. Cubs – .708 – 15
11. Reds – .707 – 9
12. Royals – .701 – 14
13. Orioles – .699 – 11
14. Blue Jays – .696 – 6
15. White Sox – .694 – 13
16. Padres – .693 – 30
17. Diamondbacks – .693 – 5
18. Rockies – .689 – 8
19. Rangers – .683 – 2
20. Giants – .676 – 26
21. Astros – .673 – 18
22. Phillies – .666 – 20
23. Indians – .663 – 7
24. Braves – .658 – 17
25. Marlins – .656 – 21
26. Brewers – .652 – 3
27. Mariners – .637 – 28
28. Nationals – .633 – 16
29. Twins – .632 – 23
30. Athletics – .615 – 22

So, the Cardinals are first in the majors in road OPS and 19th in home OPS.

There are some other huge disparities here, particularly with those Southern California teams.  The Padres have actually been perfectly average offensively outside of Petco Park, while the Dodgers and Angels have thrived offensively outside of their parks.  It shows up in the records of the Padres and Angels, both of whom have superior marks in road games.  The Dodgers, though, are five games under .500 both at home and on the road.

We can also see here just how overrated the Texas offense as.  The team has 64 homers at home and just 31 on the road.

The Brewers are right there with the Rangers.  They’re actually 29-11 at home this season and 15-27 on the road.  It’s not the fault of the superstars: Ryan Braun is hitting .306 with six homers on the road, while Prince Fielder is at .279 with eight homers.  However, Casey McGehee is hitting .218 with one homer on the road, Corey Hart is at .240 with two homers and Yuniesky Betancourt is at .188 with one homer.

Report: Steven Matz has been pitching through pain, may need elbow surgery

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Newsday’s Marc Carig reports that Mets starter Steven Matz has been pitching through pain for most of the season. He may need surgery to fix a nerve issue in his elbow. Matz was sidelined in spring training with an elbow injury and made his regular season debut on June 10.

Matz, 26, has struggled over 13 starts, posting a 6.08 ERA with a 48/19 K/BB ratio in 66 2/3 innings. Many were scrambling for explanations for his pitching woes and now they have it.

According to Carig, the Mets let Matz skip his bullpen sessions to help him pitch through the pain. Given the Mets’ shoddy history of dealing with injuries, that’s not a good look for the club.

Carig noted on Twitter that Jacob deGrom offers some optimism for Matz’s case. deGrom underwent right elbow surgery to repair ulnar nerve damage last September and bounced back to have a great season this year.

Clayton Kershaw’s simulated game went so well he threw an extra inning

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Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw was scheduled to throw three innings in a simulated game on Monday. That simulated game went so well, he threw an extra inning, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports. Kershaw will make a minor league rehab start next and could be activated towards the end of next week.

Kershaw, 29, has been on the disabled list since July 24 with a lower back strain. That put the pause button on another outstanding season. He’s carrying a 15-2 record with a 2.04 ERA and a 168/24 K/BB ratio in 141 1/3 innings.

The 87-35 Dodgers have run away with the NL West, needing some combination of 20 wins and 20 Rockies losses (19 for the third-place Diamondbacks) to officially clinch the division. While the Dodgers are all but mathematically assured of reaching postseason baseball, the club would still like to get Kershaw as ready as possible over the next month-plus.