The Citi Field has averaged 2.27 home runs per game so far this season which ranks third highest in the National League. Ironically, Citizens Bank Park has one of the lowest home run rates at 1.36. This could be just a fluke, and why you should never rely heavily on small sample sizes.
Matt Cerrone agrees that we should make adjustments to the high wall in left field and of course reducing Mo Zone’s right field dimensions to something similar to Shea. He also brings up the lack of foul territory down the lines.
I agree with this. I do think the front office will have serious conversations about lowering the wall in left field, and making right field a bit more traditional. I have no idea if they’ll actually make moves, but I’m pretty sure it will be discussed in detail yet again.
So long as we’re on the subject, I’d love for them to figure out how to add a bit more space to the foul territory in the outfield. I see too many outfielders laying up and altering their routes to avoid crashing in to the wall, and I feel it messes with the true play of the game (for both teams).
Original Post: 4/22 Citi Field – Size Matters
Marty Noble of MLB.com resuscitated what seems to be the the age old debate about whether Citi Field is too big and whether or not it hurts the Mets offense and potential wins in the standings.
As a means of distracting their followers and baseball connoisseurs in general from their untidy performance on the field, the Mets ought to make the field smaller, i.e., reduce the acreage of the playing field at Citi Field.
This is not a novel thought. And coming as it has, on the heels of a 9-1 Mets’ victory on Thursday in a game in which they hit three home runs and executed properly, it’s even poorly timed. But the time has come to change the Citi. Call it urban renewal.
Some reconstruction might keep the public eye from perusing the standings.
Noble offers up some sensible suggestions and even wants some of the vastness to stay intact so as to legitimize homeruns much like Shea Stadium did.
His main issue is with the Mo Zone which he says the Mets should either eliminate or adjust to make life easier for their best player and most recognizable face, David Wright, who he said would give him a fighting chance to hit 30 home runs.
Wright did a nice job hiding his frustration with the enormity of the park in 2009 and 2010, but not so much anymore.
“From what I understand, they wanted a pitcher’s park,” Wright said Thursday. “They’ve got it.”
After Carlos Beltran hit two home runs in one game the previous homestand and people clamored for a third, Wright said, “Hitting two out is an extraordinary feat in this place.”
Wright noted the one ball he hit in the last homestand — it was the final out of the first game of last Thursday’s doubleheader against the Rockies — “could’ve gone out in 29 other parks.” And he made the point that “I hit two others well. We could have had two more wins.”
Of course if those balls hit to the wall had been homeruns instead of outs, he wouldn’t of set a career high 0-20 hitless streak as well. That had to have burned his butt.
Isn’t it time to start listening to the face of the franchise and trying to tweak the park so that we can get the best out of our core players rather than the least?
I’m just saying.