Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Mets at Coors Field

I have been doing a lot of thinking this off-season about the new dimensions of Citi Field and the impact people hope it has on David Wright and Jason Bay. So far all the evidence I have found seems to indicate the difference will be negligible. Last month I looked at how Bay and Wright did in the ultimate pitchers park - Petco Field. Now let's look at how they did in the ultimate hitters park - Coors Field. With it's dry air, high elevation and zany enormous outfield, Coors is known as the place to hit homers.

The Mets played three games in Coors last year. On May 9, 10 and 12 going 2-1 over the Rockies. Bay played all three and Wright played two, sitting out the third to rest a sore neck and back. I will admit that three games is a small sample size but it should still be telling. Let's look at the results:

Game 1
Game 2
Game 3
1 of 4
0 of 4
0 of 3
0 of 4
1 of 4

Well, I guess you can't hit home runs if you can't hit at all. Wright and Bay had a combined 19 at bats and collected 2 singles. Just so no one thinks they were the victims of great pitching that series it should be noted that Carlos Beltran hit three homeruns in Game 3 alone and the Mets collected 14 runs in the series This is pretty indicative of these two and is the main reason why I don't believe the new wall will help that much. Centerfield can be 50 feet deep but if you don't make contact, it won't go over. Both of these guys (especially Bay) are prone to striking out a lot, having long slumps and just may be the victims of diminished power and not a dastardly deep outfield wall.

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