Three things fans can count on this season at Angel Stadium: fireworks after Angels homers, the Rally Monkey appearing in late innings when the home team needs a run and Scott Downs shutting down the opposition.

It's "Inning Over" whenever the Angels left-hander emerges from the bullpen behind left field. He has not given up a run in 20 2/3 innings, striking out 17 and walking only two to go with his immaculate 0.00 earned-run average.

Away from Angel Stadium, Downs doesn't have the same halo of invincibility. The reliever has a solid but unspectacular 2.66 ERA in 20 2/3 innings, striking out nine and walking seven.

Welcome to Splitsville, where one's success at home rarely correlates to his performance in the other 29 ballparks. Downs is hardly the only example of this disparity in home and away statistics.

Generally, players tend to perform better at home. Major league hitters were batting .259 at home through Wednesday, as opposed to .251 on the road. Pitchers had a 3.80 ERA at home, compared to a 4.04 ERA on the road.

Not that there aren't more than a handful of exceptions. Angels infielder Maicer Izturis is hitting .317 on the road versus .227 at home, and Angels left fielder Vernon Wells has hit 12 of his 17 homers away from Angel Stadium.

"Sometimes it's hard to explain because for me, it doesn't matter if I play here or on the road," Izturis said. "I just prepare myself to play baseball."

Players said getting ready for a game is easier at home, where familiarity with one's surroundings and routines helps them focus and fans boost their adrenaline.

Home teams are also afforded little luxuries that add up, such as preferential bullpen locations protected from fans and indoor batting cages adjacent to their clubhouses. Visiting players must take batting practice last, giving their home counterparts an extra 40 minutes or so to relax before each game.