Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford is batting .409 with three home runs and… (Alex Gallardo / Associated…)
It’s admittedly too early to get all wrapped up in splits, but Carl Crawford’s numbers are at least getting a tad difficult to ignore.
At home, Crawford has been more than the Dodgers could have secretly wished. He’s been a terrific leadoff hitter, has shown power and speed. On the road, he’s looked like Crawford Lite. Neither powerful nor particularly speedy.
For a guy who had never played at Dodger Stadium before, he’s made himself quite at home. In 12 games here, he’s hit .409, hit three of his four homers and has all four of his stolen bases.
In 12 road games he’s hit .214 with one homer and no steals.
Manager Don Mattingly said it’s way too early to read anything into home-and-road splits while still in first month of the season.
“He’s not getting as many hits on the road, but he still looks good to me,” Mattingly said.
Crawford has no particular explanation for his early success at Dodger Stadium vs. the road.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I really don’t have an answer. I like hitting here.”
Crawford hit two solo home runs Sunday in the Dodgers’ 2-0 victory over the Brewers, including one on the first pitch Kyle Lohse threw.
“That’s been just something from the past week,” Crawford said. “A lot of guys have been getting ahead with the first pitch, right down the middle. So I just picked today to try to be aggressive with the first pitch.
His four home runs actually lead the team, which is good and bad news when you recall he is their leadoff hitter. He does, however, lead the team with 20 runs scored (Matt Kemp is second with 11).
For his career, Crawford has hit slightly better at home (.304 hitting, .459 slugging) than on the road (.282, .425), but never to this extent. For now, home is where the hits are.