Reason 4 - Stats
The Miami Marlins should be doing their homework on any trade candidate and especially one from the Colorado Rockies comes with lots of questions. Any player in Colorado would have inflated stats, and the big question is, will they translate to a near-ocean-level field? In this case, however, pitchers often get the better side of things when they leave the Mile-high ballpark for a less hitter-friendly one.
In the case of Brad Hand, the stats show much better away from home, as suspected. Last season Brad Hand pitched 45 innings for the Phillies and ended with a 2.80 ERA and a 1.333 WHIP. The current season stats say he hasn't lost much, away from home. On the road Hand has a 3.29 ERA in 13.2 innings as compared to a 6.14 at home in 14.2 innings. In the same vein, Hand has 17 strikeouts at home and on the road, and has yet to give up a home run on the road, as compared to 2 at home.
The stats are on his side. Finally, he has pitched a scoreless inning this season on the road against both the Mets and the Braves and gave up one earned run over two innings in Philadelphia. He plays well against our division. So go ahead Kim Ng and see if you can get him for relatively cheap to support the Marlins pen going down the stretch.