05-10-2012, 02:31 PM #1
MLB park factors
ESPN current park numbers cite as of today, Target field IS
6th in runs scored
19th in HRs
2nd in hits per
1st in doubles
2nd in triples
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05-10-2012, 03:16 PM #2
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Amazing what horrible pitching from the home team will do for a park's offensive statistics!
Home runs is the statistic that is most park dependent, I wonder how it ranks adjusting for Twins pitching.
05-10-2012, 06:57 PM #3
My take is if the visiting team is able to juice the ball here, no reason for the excuse making Twins to use the excuse.
05-10-2012, 10:45 PM #4
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05-10-2012, 11:04 PM #5
05-11-2012, 12:27 AM #6
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Or the lack of power in the Twins lineup? Both have to be accounted for and comparisons need to be made between how hitters perform there as well as at home (edit: and it appears they do). Willingham, for instance has almost all his HR at Target Field if I remember correctly. Point is, though I'll have to check how ESPN does it's calculations, any park at which the Twins take half the at bats, it's going to be low....
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05-11-2012, 01:30 AM #7
Having a poor offense hit in a park won't necessarily drive a park factor down because they'll tend to hit poorly everywhere. The relationship between home and away production is the driving force, not the quality of the pitching/hitting.
Sample size is definitely a problem, even a full season isn't very good. 30 games? Pretty much useless.
05-11-2012, 02:18 AM #8
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05-11-2012, 08:16 AM #9
Seems about right. There have been some pretty good hitting teams in the park versus some very marginal pitching.
05-11-2012, 01:23 PM #10
05-11-2012, 01:38 PM #11
But while the Twins' pitching has been horrible, so has the Twins' offense, for the most part. So while are pitchers are serving it up for other hitters, our batters are also deflating those numbers because we have Carroll instead of Cano, Valencia instead of Freese, and Mauer instead of Wieters (ouch).
Also, the Twins are no longer a "left handed" team from a power standpoint, and I don't perceive this park being trouble for RH power hitters at all. Willingham certainly isn't struggling with it. And many of those early season numbers are suppressed by the cold, but we've had very good conditions in April and early May so far.
05-11-2012, 02:34 PM #12