For better, for worse
The Mets' new home, Citi Field, is a homage to National League baseball, from its resemblance to Ebbets Field, to its
The big surprise has been the new Yankee Stadium. The Yankees and Indians combined for 20 homeruns and scored 59 runs in the first four-game series in the new ballpark. That's five homers and 14.75 runs per game. This caught the Yankees brass by surprise since the new park carries the same dimensions as the old one. It's either a fluke or the result of wind patterns created by the new construction. The stadium has a greater proportion of pricey seats close to the field and fewer seats higher up. It could be that the stadium is scooping the wind like a funnel and blowing it out to right field.
The Yankee Stadium situation bears watching. If the park continues to play like "Coors Field East," the number of homeruns hit in the Bronx could double last season's total. That will have a big impact on a roster full of fantasy talent. Switch-hitters and left-handed batters will get an unexpected boost. Pitchers, particularly right-handed ones, will be hurt.
We will return to Flushing later in the season to get a read on Citi Field and also revisit the Bronx to see if the April winds were a fluke or the start of a trend.