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It's Not Always Sunny in Philadelphia

The City of Brotherly Love has been anything but friendly to the Philadelphia Phillies lately.

Citizens Bank Park was once perceived as a hitters’ paradise after it opened in 2004, but the venue has been downright mean to the Phillies in 2016. Prior to Monday’s contest with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Phils were averaging just 2.7 runs per game at home.

In Sunday’s 5-1 loss to the D-backs, Philly failed to reach that low threshold for the sixth-straight time in their home park. The Phillies’ offensive struggles have been well documented, as the squad has scored more than three runs only 10 times in 37 tilts at Citizens Bank Park.

According to ESPN’s Park Factor, which compares the rate of stats at home vs. the rate of stats on the road, Citizens Bank Park is 24th in Major League Baseball for runs (0.876). It only ranks above Nationals Park, Busch Stadium, Minute Maid Park, Oakland Coliseum, Dodger Stadium and Tropicana Field for run production.

When it comes to the long ball, Citizens Bank Park comes in at a much better 13th at 1.012 home runs per game. That sounds about right considering the park’s old calling card as a haven for sluggers, but it certainly hasn’t been there for the Phillies so far.

As a result of their power outage in Philadelphia, the Phillies are a much better UNDER bet at home than they are on the road. The OVER/UNDER is 16-20-1 in Philly’s home games compared to a 17-15-1 mark on the road.

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