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May 12, 2005
BASEBALL: The Hitless Wonders

At a glance, it may seem that the White Sox are pitching unusually well this year, and thus winning like crazy despite poor starts with the bat from players like Jermaine Dye, Aaron Rowand and Paul Konerko. But is that what's really afoot? Or has the park changed, resulting in the Sox batting .240 at home and .270 on the road, yet posting an 11-3 record at home? Let's look at the runs scored in games played at US Cellular this season vs. White Sox road games, as compared to seasons past:

YearR/G (Home)R/G (Road)Home+/-
20056.938.67-20.0%
200411.159.79+13.9%
20039.169.43-2.9%
200210.499.93+5.7%
200110.119.56+5.8%
200011.7810.65+10.5%

Could be the small sample size (14 home games this year), and could be that park factors fluctuate even from year to year due to luck. But the park has been repeatedly renovated over the past five years. Maybe this year, between that and the weather, something's new. Either way, scoring is way down in what had been one of the top hitters' parks in baseball in recent years.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 9:06 PM | Baseball 2005 | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)
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I think the weather is the biggest factor here. The weather has been colder than usual in Chicago this "spring" which means the wind has been blowing in from left. Added to that the Sox have played at least 6 games indoors (3 Min, 3 TB) with possibly an additional one or two indoor games in Toronto.

Posted by: Scott Janssens at May 13, 2005 12:20 PM
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