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With DFS baseball, there’s no such thing as ‘too much’ evaluation. You’ll want to make your usual comparisons such as batter v. pitcher, past trends, weather, etc. Don’t forget to take the ballpark into account as well. The dimensions of a ballpark and how the wind/time of day affect both hitters and pitchers is a very important ingredient in the DFS baseball players success recipe.
Some ballparks are great for hitters because they offer a short porch in either right or left field. Others are desirable because of the environment and atmosphere they are located in. Some are a combination of both:
You don’t need to look any farther than any Colorado Rockies player ever to know that ballparks 100% do determine batting prowess. You might have a Colorado player notch out 30 home runs on a season, with 28 of them coming in the high altitude of the Rocky Mountain air. ESPN’s ‘park factor’ tool shows that just playing in Colorado gives the hitter a 1.6 / 1.0 advantage over the pitcher, easily the best in the league.
The home of the Texas Rangers boosts offense by 12%, behind only Coors Field. It isn’t just long bombs that are drilled into the air down in Texas, most right-hand hitters are actually robbed of a dinger thanks to a 16′ wall in left.
Hitters’ eyes light up when they get to go to a stadium with hot, thin air which is just what Arizona offers up at Chase Field. It was actually the #2 ballpark for runs in 2015, which is especially astounding considering the general lack of firepower in the Diamondback lineup. Besides the air, pull hitters benefit from short 8′ walls down the line but a 25′ wall at 407′ in center – rejecting HRs like Dikembe Mutombo, but leading to a lot of doubles and triples.
A ball park with a 37′ high Green Monster in left may not seem like a hitter’s ballpark but since it’s positioned at just 310′, it’s basically a racquetball court for powerful right-handers. If a lefty is a pull hitter, he can take advantage of the shortest porch in baseball, the 302′ “Pesky’s Pole” making Fenway one of the most versatile parks in baseball.
Pitchers are probably most aided by dimensions and layouts. Weather in the summer usually favors the hitters so you’ll also need to alter your ballpark strategy depending on the time of year. It’s much more comfortable hitting in Arlington, Texas, in late September than it is in Wrigley Field in Chicago.
Sometimes perfect weather has nothing to do with a hitter’s success, especially when you notice a hot smash of a hitter’s bat in AT&T Park in San Francisco get routinely flagged down with room to spare by the outfielder. Watching a game at the home of the Giants you almost feel bad for the hitters, and it has nothing to do with Madison Bumgarner being on the mound. A 25′ wall in right field honors Willie Mays, apparently making sure no other Giant hitters ever get into the hall of fame. If you’d rather go to left, good luck launching it 339′ just to get to the shortest part right at the pole.
It should be noted that hot weather favors hitters, but that saying is not perfect. It seems like San Diego is 74° year-round. Either way, you know their ballpark favors pitchers when the Padres felt sorry and moved the walls in back in 2012. It had little to no effect though as Petco remained one of the two most difficult places to score a run the two years immediately after. If you are going to take a player batting at Petco, make sure it’s a lefty as their 322′ right field porch is a bit more desirable than the 336′ in left.
Pitchers may have success in St. Petersburg, Florida, simply because hitters (much like the fans) just don’t want to be there. The atmosphere is drab and the Trop is the last fixed-roof park in the MLB, essentially making it a prison. The angles coming off the poles in both left and right field are not only sharp, the entire outfield fence is at least 11′ high. Tropicana Field also has large foul grounds, especially right beyond 1st and 3rd base (where the bullpens sit) so pop ups that would normally be out of play are now outs.
Taking ballparks into consideration for your DFS strategy is wise because sometimes it’s not just who you pick, but where they play. It is crucial that you know which ball park is the best for your DFS baseball players.
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