Ball park factors are one of the first things that you should be looking at in DFS MLB. It’s extremely important to understand that you have a better chance of winning if you’re taking hitters in hitter-friendly parks and pitchers in pitcher-friendly parks. I know it seems extremely obvious at this point, but then it can be broken down into which parks are better for lefties/rights, power/contact hitters, etc. Today, we’re going to look at power hitters in specific hitter-friendly parks.
The Rogers Centre is one of the most hitter friendly ballparks in the MLB and home of the Toronto Blue Jays. Over the last two years, the Rogers Centre has allowed the third most home runs in the MLB. It has also allowed the most doubles, but it isn’t as friendly with triples. These stats have some to do with the Blue Jays having a stacked lineup that gets to play there 81 times a year, but it obviously also takes into account their opponents hitting as well, which seems to increase when they head into the Blue Jays stadium.
Each stadium can then be broken down into different categories, such as home run percentage and extra-base hit percentage to left handed hitters. The Rogers Centre is allowing a 3.7% home run percentage to left handed hitters over the last two years, which is good for fourth highest in the MLB. It’s also allowed a 10.16% extra-base hit percentage and .442 slugging percentage to left handed hitters, which is best in the MLB. Lastly, it allows 1.69 total bases per hit, which is highest in the MLB.
Now we’re going to look how right handed power hitters do in the Rogers Centre. It is an extremely friendly ballpark towards right handed power hitters. The Blue Jays stadium allows a 4% home run percentage, 10.88 extra-base hit percentage, and 1.75 total bases per hit to right handed hitters, which are all the highest in the MLB. It also allows a .448 slugging percentage, which is the second highest in the MLB, behind only Coors Field
Camden Yards is a hitter-friendly ball park, but it is geared more towards power hitters, not gap hitters. The Orioles stadium has allowed the sixth most home runs in the MLB over the last two years, but is a bottom five stadium in both doubles and triples. This causes mixed feelings in DFS because the homerun is such a powerful tool, but it’s also nice to know that your hitters have a good chance at scoring points via extra-base hits.
Camden Yards has allowed a 4.17% home run percentage, which is highest in the MLB for the left handed batters over the last two seasons. It is also allowing a .441 slugging percentages, which is good for second in the MLB, a 9.11% extra-base hit percentage, which is good for fifth in the MLB, and 1.67 total bases per hit, which is fourth in the MLB. Don’t get confused by the higher percentages but lower double and triple totals, as those percentages are inflated by the huge left handed home run total.
While Camden Yards is also friendly to right handed power bats, it isn’t as friendly as it is to lefties. It’s allowing a 3.52% home run percentage for right handed batters, which is good for second in the MLB. That’s the highest for the power hitting categories that Camden Yards is allowing to righties. Right handed hitters are averaging a .415 slugging percentage over the last two years, which is seventh in the MLB. The Orioles stadium is also allowing a 8.65% extra-base hit percentage, which is ninth in the MLB and 1.62 total bases per hit, which is also seventh in the MLB.
I think it’s important to address Coors field, because it’s a great place to stack teams even though it isn’t the best power hitter park in the MLB. The reason it’s such a great stadium to stack for is because it allows a ton of hits, runs, doubles, triples, and home runs. It has allowed the fourth most home runs in the MLB since two years ago, but has also allowed the most runs, most hits, fifth most doubles, and fourth most triples.
Coors Field only allows a 2.99% home run percentage for left handed hitters, which is the ninth highest in the MLB. It does, however, allow a .439 slugging percentage, which is good for third in the MLB. It also allows a 9.45% extra-base hit percentage, which is also the third most in the MLB and 1.61 total bases per hit, which is seventh in the MLB.
Similar to the home run percentage for left handed hitters, righties have a 3.06% home run percentage, which is 10th in the MLB. It also allows a .465 slugging percentage, which is the highest in the MLB. Right handed hitters also have a 9.82% extra-base hit percentage, which is the second highest in the MLB and only 1.54 total bases per hit, which is 17th in the MLB