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May 24, 2009
BASEBALL: How Citi Plays

In case you are wondering, here are the early returns on Citi Field.

Mets batting at home: .287/.368/.432, 4.95 R/G, Home run every 55.07 plate appearances.

Mets batting on the road: .285/.366/.407, 4.81 R/G, Home run every 66.08 plate appearances.

Don't have the pitching splits handy, but it's hard to see much of an effect there yet. If that variation in homers keeps up over a full season, we'll have a little better basis for declaring it a good home run park.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 9:38 AM | Baseball 2009 | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)
Comments

I would think that this early in the season, the fact that they've justy played nine straight road games without Carlos Delgado might be skewing the numbers a bit.

Posted by: Jerry at May 24, 2009 12:52 PM

Also Crank, isn't park factor normally calculated by how the rest of the league hits there vs. how they hit in other parks, or something along those lines, b/c it's a bigger and more neutral sample size? It's been a long time since I've looked at that kind of thing; any clarification here would be appreciated.

Posted by: Thom at May 24, 2009 11:55 PM

Thom - You look at both how the home and road teams hit there vs the same team's games on the road. baseball-reference.com's numbers for vs Mets pitching were just all screwy.

Posted by: Crank at May 24, 2009 11:57 PM

Interesting weekend series between two heavy weights of their respective leagues.

General impressions:

These are two very good and distinctly flawed teams. The Mets problems are a little more difficult to pin down than the Red Sox (Ortiz can't hit, Julio Lugo is the worst shortstop in baseball).

Other than Wright and Beltran there's not much in the Mets line-up that worries you. Two months without the only really nerve-inducing stick in the line-up might be tough. It's not that it's a bad line-up but there are going to be a lot of low-scoring games they will need to win.

The bullpen is great if you get to the back-end of it. The stuff in the middle looks pretty soft for the most part although in NL that might not be the most fatal of flaws.

Santana is great.

As a play-off team if Santana gets to start Game 1 they would be very tough as that would be 2 and possibly 3 games you would have to go pretty much Santana, Putz, Rodriguez.

Would seem if they add a bat somewhere along the way and can actually get to the playoffs the Mets would be something difficult to deal with.

Posted by: jim at May 25, 2009 1:22 PM

Mets and opponents at Citi field (through 5/24 - 20 games):

.267/.342/.402/.744

1 2B every 22.6 at-bats
1 3B every 90.4 at-bats
1 HR every 43.7 at-bats

Mets and opponents away from Citi field (through 5/24 - 23 games)

.273/.353/.396/.749

1 2B every 18.3 at-bats
1 3B every 225.1 at-bats
1 HR every 50.8 at-bats

Obviously far too soon to tell anything at all, but it's slightly increased HR and significantly increased triples while slightly decreasing doubles and AVG. On the whole, a slight hitters park through its first quarter season. Again, just way too early to actually derive any meaningful information.

Posted by: Lyford at May 25, 2009 9:29 PM
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