Will The Citi Field Fences Benefit Mets’ Opponents More Than The Mets?
Construction has begun on moving in the outfield walls at Citi Field to make the ballpark more ‘hitter friendly.’ To date, the new stadium in Flushing has been a cavernous structure where home runs go to die.
The Great Wall of Flushing and the Mo’s Zone right center gap have left hitters thinking home run out of the box but realizing that the ball had hit the wall, or worse, landed in an outfielder’s glove.
Several Mets players including David Wright and Ike Davis have expressed their excitement that the team decided to decrease the dimensions. It can result in possibly 5-10 more home runs per player over the course of a season. And with the way the Mets play at home, every run counts.
But looking at the team’s current roster and its offseason plans (or lack thereof), it seems as though the Mets opponents may benefit more from the reduced dimensions than the Mets.
The whole point of building Citi Field to be extra large was so that the team could bring in quality pitchers into a pitcher’s park. Though the attempt has been made, the experiment hasn’t exactly worked out.
Also, large gaps allowed Jose Reyes to turn doubles into triples. While that worked for a time, odds are that Reyes will call another city home before too long.
For some players like Ryan Howard, Dan Uggla, Mark Reynolds and Mike Stanton, even Citi Field is no match for their tremendous power. But for someone like Wright who has good but not great power, shorter fences could help in him driving the ball out of the park.
However, other teams have players like Wright with good power that could come to Flushing and terrorize the Mets with home runs. Gaby Sanchez, Freddie Freeman, Chase Utley and Ryan Zimmerman—all of whom happen to play in the NL East—immediately come to mind as guys who could benefit from the shorter fences.
So if the Mets don’t find a way to improve their pitching, it can be a long season of watching opponents circle the bases.
But hey, hopefully we can also say that we’re seeing the Home Run Apple pop up at a greater rate.
Originally posted 12/1 at 8:30 PM
About the Author: Jim Mancari
Jim Mancari hails from Massapequa, N.Y. He recently earned a Master's degree in Journalism at Hofstra University. He is a devout Mets fan and takes pride in his team, despite their lack of success over the last few years. Like all Mets fans, Jim has plenty of hope. He also writes as the sports reporter for the Brooklyn Tablet newspaper and the senior editor of metroBASEBALL Magazine. Click my name to view my personal website.
30 Comments + Add Comment
- HuntBoyer66: on Despite Stark Differences Between Yankees and Mets, Alderson Needs To Save Face: I have a feeling the Red Sox...
- Cackletta: on Mets Extend A Three-Year Offer To Granderson: Most of them have been banned already...
- John Q: on Damn Yankees: Ellsbury Agrees To 7-Year, $153 Million Deal With Bombers: Jason, Good points on Appier. I didn't...
- Phoenix Met: on Despite Stark Differences Between Yankees and Mets, Alderson Needs To Save Face: I love how all these arm-chair Psychiatrists...
- Mike: on Despite Stark Differences Between Yankees and Mets, Alderson Needs To Save Face: For all you folks who thought that...
MMO Chat: Lets Talk Mets Baseball!
Write For Metsmerized Online
Mets Merized Online is reloading and looking for new writers to help cover the Hot Stove Season. We're also looking for passionate writers who would like to contribute new and original features.
Contact us now at GetMetsmerized@aol.com for more info and join the #1 Mets Fansite on the web!
Check Out These Great MLB Links!
Mets Autograph Signings
Mets Fan Apparel
Mets Autographed Baseballs
Baseball Card Supplies
For the best seats and lowest MLB ticket prices, go to PurchaseSeats.com. Get your Mets Tickets now and follow them on the road with Yankees Tickets, Phillies Tickets, Nationals Tickets and Braves Tickets!