Baseball is the only sport where a stadium has unique dimensions and can differ wildly from other ballparks. You have some massive pitcher’s parks out on the west coast, and then some extreme hitter friendly parks like in Colorado, Cincinnati, and of course Yankee Stadium. Park factors have been created to show how a ballpark plays to hitters and pitchers. Some ballparks create more extra base hits to right field because of their dimensions, while some can take away home runs and extra base hits. Each park is different, and our tool helps you view where your fantasy hitters or pitchers can get an edge. A ballpark like the Coliseum out in Oakland has been known to suppress runs and home runs, making it a favorable pitchers park. Our own rating will sum up the overall park factors scores for both hitters and pitchers.
Park factors has now become an added on task for your daily fantasy research. A pitcher can receive an upgrade or downgrade depending on which park they are pitching in. If they allow a lot of flyballs, a small ballpark could be trouble as they would be more prone to allowing home runs. A spacious ballpark like the one down in Miami has limited home runs and runs, giving a bump to a pitcher that allows flyballs. Pitchers stepping into places like Coors Field, Yankee Stadium, and Citizens Bank Park have to be aware of the long ball, because over the last three seasons these stadiums rank inside the top five in home run park factors.
Often we want to target our daily fantasy hitters in favorable ballparks. Coors Field is of course the elite hitter’s park, and it has a lot to do with the high altitude and the effect it has on the baseball. Either way it has enhanced every aspect of hitting stats, making it a hitter’s paradise, and a pitcher’s nightmare. Global Life Park in Arlington, Fenway Park, Progressive Field, Yankee Stadium, and Great American Ballpark are some of the top hitter’s parks in baseball. You often find favorable run totals and great odds at hitting on a team stack in these ballparks. There are a few stadiums that really limit runs like Citi Field, Marlins Park, and Dodgers Stadium. They can play a little smaller in warmer weather or day games, but for the most part they take runs away.
Parks will play different to both lefties and righties. Fenway Park is one that stands out for the very unique dimensions. Left-handers have below average park factors for home runs at Fenway Park. They still have above average extra base-hit potential, but it is tough to drive one out at Fenway if you are left-handed. Right-handers have better home run park factors at Fenway, even with the Green Monster. Wrigley Field was another one that played really well for right-handed home runs, being very above average. But for left-handed home runs, it was 7% below the league average.
Being conscious of how a park plays for a specific handedness is very important. This is also a reason why some players or teams hit better at home compared to on the road. Yankee Stadium has been a favorable ballpark for left-handed hitters, even going back to the old Yankee Stadium. It leads all stadiums in park factors for left-handed hitters. When we look at some splits for their players, it isn’t shocking to see their power numbers taper off when they go on the road. This can also work the other way, where a hitter hits in a big ballpark for half of his game, and then visits more favorable hitter’s parks and thrives. Pitchers can have the same type of splits. Pitchers that throw in larger ballparks tend to have a better ERA, and then once they get on the road they start to struggle.