ATLANTA -- Manager Bruce Bochy wants Giants pitchers to close the vast gap between their performance on the road and at home.
San Francisco entered Tuesday with a 4.85 road ERA, third-highest in the Majors, compared to 2.31 at AT&T Park. The disparity was especially pronounced on the Giants' previous trip, when they yielded 41 earned runs in 49 2/3 innings while losing five of six games at Washington and Pittsburgh. That's an ERA of 7.43.
"That's a little too extreme," Bochy said. "That is too dramatic [a difference]."
Seven pitchers began the current trip with road ERAs exceeding their home ERA by more than two runs: Jeremy Affeldt (1.29 home, 3.86 road), Madison Bumgarner (1.81, 4.43), Santiago Casilla (1.83, 4.40), Tim Lincecum (3.43, 9.00), Javier Lopez (1.13, 5.73), Ryan Vogelsong (1.43, 3.59) and Tuesday's starter, Barry Zito (3.09, 5.19).