MLB Park Factors
It’s a good idea to learn the park dimensions and which parks are good/bad for hitters/pitchers.
Also it’s good to check which way the wind is blowing. When the wind is blowing IN, it’s good for pitchers, when it’s blowing OUT, it’s good for hitters.
If this is your first MLB DFS season, this will be your first slate with Coors Field. Get used to this park because it is the most notorious park in MLB DFS. This is the park you either STACK or FADE.
Coors is in a league of its own when it comes to Ball Parks because of the drastic altitude difference from this park to basically every other park in the league. The higher the altitude, the lower the air density. The lower the air density, the easier the ball travels through the air. An average range of air density for the majority of stadiums, especially today, is around 65-75. Coors is at an astounding 47! (This changes a bit throughout the day based on temperatures, the higher the better for hitters). I’ll talk about it for the later slate but Arizona comes in second on the day at a relatively low 59.
When it come to Coors, there is so much less Drag on the ball that no matter if it’s a fly ball or a line drive, the balls carry through the air much easier and faster than at other parks.
“There is a net force on the ball that is exactly opposite to its direction of motion. This force is call the drag force, although it is also commonly referred to as “air resistance”. The drag plays an extremely important role in the flight of a fly ball. For example, a fly ball that carries 400 ft would carry about 700 ft if there were no drag.” http://baseball.physics.illinois.edu/Denver.html
You can expect the salaries of all the Rockies to increase throughout the year considering the exaggerated scoring that happens in their home park. Also, expect the ownership to either BE very high already, or BECOME very high throughout the season.
What we’re seeing here is that Citi Field for the Mets has been a terrible park for batters. This can be attributed to a few different. factors.
- Besides last year, the Mets have sucked. If we’re taking the past few years into consideration, it’s entirely possible that if they were so bad for so many years they may have dragged the numbers down themselves.
- The Mets Pitching staff has greatly improved over the last few years, and all the young guys tend to play better at home. The park dimensions are pretty big as well.
- But comparatively, the numbers here don’t look great in general but a bit better for righties, I’m also assuming because the Mets Lefties have been notoriously strikeout prone the last few years.
The first thing that pops out to me is the lack of doubles by lefties here compared to the above average numbers for singles and triples. The park is decent sized, especially out to center and a an okay park for Righty pull hitters, but it’s not bad all around.
I’d look elsewhere for potential Homeruns in terms of a park. In terms of the players, don’t sleep this year on JD Martinez as a HR guy for Detroit, with one of the best overall hitters in the MLB in Miguel Cabrera.
This park just SCREAMS to me to stay away from Righty batters without power. I like taking guys from the left side of the plate here, especially ones with Homerun upside. I like guys like Eaton here because he’s a contact hitter and it doesn’t matter for guys like him who will slap and run, for the most part.
When it comes to XBHs, it’s basically Homerun or nothing, the doubles and triples numbers just aren’t that good.