Perhaps Corbin Burnes' massive home vs. road disparity can be chalked up to sample size as much as the altitude and massive outfield at Security Service Field.
Burnes wasn't bad on Tuesday, but he wasn't his usual dominant self on the road as he gave up three runs in a 4-2 Sky Sox loss at Nashville.
Burnes, a consensus top-100 prospect in baseball, was perfect through three innings before giving up a pair of runs in the fourth and allowing another to cross in the sixth.
He gave up just four hits in 52/3 innings, striking out five while walking four.
Before Tuesday, Burnes had largely dominated on the road, posting a 2.70 ERA in four starts with a 37-to-8 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 30 innings while allowing just 22 hits.
At home, however, he had an 8.64 ERA in four starts with 12 strikeouts, 11 walks and 25 hits allowed in 162/3 innings.
"He's got a very good curveball, and that's the pitch that I think is more affected here than any other pitch," Sky Sox manager Rick Sweet said after Burnes' most recent home start on Thursday, "But he also has a slider and a change-up that he uses well, too."
Over his last two road starts, Burnes has come down to earth a bit in allowing seven runs over 102/3 innings. Of course, maybe that's because of matchup issues with Nashville, which was the opponent both times.
Point is, nine starts into Burnes' Triple-A stint is probably too early to notice any definitive patterns, even if stats were leaning heavily that direction.
"I look more at how he pitched," Sweet said last week. "I thought he battled. I thought he competed.
"It's tougher to dominate (in Colorado Springs). You have to battle here the whole time. That's why we're out of here. That's why they're moving, finally."
Burnes received little offensive help Tuesday, as the Sky Sox had RBIs from just Eric Sogard and Gabriel Noriega.