MLB Top 3: Monday starters who struggle at home
The majority of starting pitchers post stronger overall numbers in their home park than on the road. Yet, every season a handful of hurlers wind up struggling in front of their home crowd.
Here are three Monday starters who have fared better in enemy territory:
R.A. Dickey, Toronto Blue Jays (9-12, 4.49 ERA)
Dickey's first season in Toronto has been an unmitigated disaster. The defending National League Cy Young Award winner has failed to live up to the lofty expectations of Blue Jays fans - particularly at the Rogers Centre, where he's 4-6 with a 5.79 ERA and has surrendered 19 home runs in just 82 1/3 innings.
The Blue Jays open a three-game series with the New York Yankees on Monday.
Zach Wheeler, New York Mets (6-2, 3.49 ERA)
While Wheeler's entire body of work during his rookie season has been impressive, his home resume has not. The highly-touted 23-year-old is a pedestrian 2-2 with a 5.67 ERA at Citi Field - compared to a 4-0, 2.11 mark on the road - and has allowed six home runs in 27 innings in his own stadium.
The Mets entertain the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday in the opener of a four-game set.
Tyler Lyons, St. Louis Cardinals (2-4, 5.09 ERA)
While Lyons' sample size is small, the results have been downright dreadful so far. The 25-year-old has surrendered eight runs on 11 hits over eight innings in two starts at Busch Stadium, walking five batters and allowing the opposition to hit .344.
The Cardinals welcome the Cincinnati to town for a three-game series beginning Monday.