Home field not a big issue for Scioscia
Halos skipper not going to alter his plans to get advantage
CLEVELAND -- Yes, Mike Scioscia would like to have home-field advantage once the American League playoffs begin.On the other hand, he's not going to turn his team upside down to achieve it. The Angels took a 75-45 record into Saturday's game with the Indians. Not only was that good for a 15 1/2-game lead over Texas in the AL West, it also led Tampa Bay by 1 1/2 games for the best record in the league. The Rays were 74-47.
Since the AL champion has already wrapped up home field in the World Series thanks to its victory in the All-Star Game, the Angels would have the advantage in every series provided they advance."There is a home-field advantage in baseball," Scioscia said. "Your strategy is probably a little easier because of the way the game plays out when you're at home. You're also more familiar with the mound and the way the ball plays off the wall." Still, there is an overriding factor that has nothing to do with where the game is played. "A lot of it depends on your starting pitcher," Scioscia said. "The game is based by the guy on the mound." The Angels are going to be tough to beat no matter where they play. The club actually has played better on the road (38-22) than it has at home (37-23). That road mark is the best in baseball. The club record for road wins in a season is 47. Don't look for Scioscia to do anything rash to wrap up home field if that's still an issue in the final days of the season. He's not going to overwork his pitching staff or refuse to give his regulars a day off. In fact, he's not giving the matter a lot of thought. "Our challenge right now is to win ballgames," he said.
Steve Herrick is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.