Home-road splits drastic for D-backs' offense

Home-road splits drastic for D-backs' offense

PHOENIX -- With Chase Field being a hitter-friendly ballpark, it's not a surprise the D-backs have hit better at home than on the road this season. But the offensive home-road splits so far have been mind-boggling.

After Tuesday's 7-3 loss to the Tigers, the D-backs have scored 113 runs (second most in the National League) over 17 games at home with a slash line of .297/.360/.495.

In 16 road games, the D-backs have scored 49 runs (last in the NL) with a slash line of .205/.280/.329.

"We hope that it's more of an aberration, but we have not swung the bats good on the road," hitting coach Dave Magadan said. "It seems like we're coming out of the gate good in the first game of the road trip, or the first game of the series, and then it's the final two games we're not swinging the bats as well."

There are a couple of things to keep in mind before drawing too many conclusions.

First, it's a small sample size, and secondly, 10 road games took place in pitcher-friendly parks in San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego.

"You've got to attribute it some to some pretty good pitching, you've got to tip your hat to that, but we have to have better at-bats on the road," Magadan said. "Most of the time, teams are going to be better at home, unless you play at a really pitcher-friendly ballpark, but you'd like it to be a little more even."

The hardest series to figure out was the last one, in Colorado over the weekend, when the D-backs managed just three runs in the final two games, including one in which they hit just two balls out of the infield.

"Colorado was a little bit strange, especially since we came out really well the first game and were facing a couple of guys that we had had some success against," Magadan said. "But you've got to give them a lot of credit, they made great adjustments on us."

Godley sticking around?

Last time Zack Godley got a spot start for the D-backs, facing the Padres on April 26, he allowed two runs over five innings and was optioned back to Triple-A Reno after the game.

Godley escapes jam with DP

Braden Shipley got the next opportunity, and he too was optioned after one start, when he allowed three runs over five innings in a loss to the Nationals last Thursday.

"We haven't exactly gotten that far," manager Torey Lovullo said of whether Godley would stay in the rotation. "We just told him that he was going to start [Wednesday]. Obviously, we want to see him go out and perform, and obviously good performances earn extra moments. I think out of fairness to some of the call-ups, it would be nice to see what they could do over a two-turn stint. So, we're hoping it trends in that direction.

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.