Chicago Cubs: Trey Mancini's home and road splits are drastically different

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Trey Mancini has had his ups and downs so far this season. Heading into Saturday's game, the 31-year old veteran sported a .246/.265/.354 slash with two home runs, .619 OPS, 66 wRC+ and -0.4 fWAR. He's had some real rough stretches at the plate, and is not known for his defense, thus the negative fWAR.

Within the season stats there is a noteworthy difference in his home and road splits. The sample size is obviously very small in the grand scheme of things, but still worth bringing up. Mancini has played 11 games at home and five on the road.

Mancini at Wrigley is hitting .318/.333/.477 with an .811 OPS, two home runs, 121 wRC+ and 25 percent hard hit percentage per FanGraphs. After going 0-for-12 on the last road trip, he went 5-for-9 against the Dodgers at home in the first two games of the series with a double and home run (it's worth noting on Saturday he went 0-for-4 with two punchouts).

On the road, the veteran is hitting a dismal .095/.130/.095 with a .226 OPS, -41 wRC+ and 7.1 percent hard hit rate. He has a grand total of two hits away from Wrigley Field so far this year and a strikeout rate of 33 percent. The 0-for-5 night at the plate with three strikeouts in the opener against Oakland on April 17 was particularly rough.

Its no surprise that Mancini's BABIP (Batting Average on Balls in Play) is .400 at Wrigley compared to .143 on the road. The batted ball numbers show he is hitting the ball hard more often at home; it's an 18 percent difference between at Wrigley vs. away based on the FanGraphs Hard% classification. The groundball rate on the road is also eight percent higher.

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Will this last? That is what the season will tell us. As mentioned before the sample size is very small but it's such a stark difference that it is something to keep an eye on. Worth noting though Mancini's career OPS at his home ballpark (.819) is 72 points higher than his career road OPS (.747). The goal is really to improve on consistency, even if he may never be neutral on home-road splits.