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    MLB park factors

    ESPN current park numbers cite as of today, Target field IS
    6th in runs scored
    19th in HRs
    2nd in hits per
    1st in doubles
    2nd in triples
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    Amazing what horrible pitching from the home team will do for a park's offensive statistics!

    Home runs is the statistic that is most park dependent, I wonder how it ranks adjusting for Twins pitching.

    Jeff

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    My take is if the visiting team is able to juice the ball here, no reason for the excuse making Twins to use the excuse.

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    I wonder how the Twins would do batting against their own pitching staff?

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    I wonder how the Twins would do batting against their own pitching staff?
    That would be an interesting matchup. They would probably still just hit comebackers to the mound though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff P View Post
    Amazing what horrible pitching from the home team will do for a park's offensive statistics!

    Home runs is the statistic that is most park dependent, I wonder how it ranks adjusting for Twins pitching.

    Jeff

    Or the lack of power in the Twins lineup? Both have to be accounted for and comparisons need to be made between how hitters perform there as well as at home (edit: and it appears they do). Willingham, for instance has almost all his HR at Target Field if I remember correctly. Point is, though I'll have to check how ESPN does it's calculations, any park at which the Twins take half the at bats, it's going to be low....
    Last edited by Alex; 05-10-2012 at 11:46 PM.

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    Having a poor offense hit in a park won't necessarily drive a park factor down because they'll tend to hit poorly everywhere. The relationship between home and away production is the driving force, not the quality of the pitching/hitting.

    Sample size is definitely a problem, even a full season isn't very good. 30 games? Pretty much useless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snepp View Post
    Having a poor offense hit in a park won't necessarily drive a park factor down because they'll tend to hit poorly everywhere. The relationship between home and away production is the driving force, not the quality of the pitching/hitting.

    Sample size is definitely a problem, even a full season isn't very good. 30 games? Pretty much useless.
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    Seems about right. There have been some pretty good hitting teams in the park versus some very marginal pitching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorthwestTwinsFan View Post
    They would probably still just hit comebackers to the mound though.
    Otherwise known as Revere-ing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff P View Post
    Amazing what horrible pitching from the home team will do for a park's offensive statistics!

    Home runs is the statistic that is most park dependent, I wonder how it ranks adjusting for Twins pitching.
    Ha. Very true point (and one that always irks me about "park" factors). They should really only figure in visiting teams, and then compare it against other parks in that league. (There are probably stats that do this).

    But while the Twins' pitching has been horrible, so has the Twins' offense, for the most part. So while are pitchers are serving it up for other hitters, our batters are also deflating those numbers because we have Carroll instead of Cano, Valencia instead of Freese, and Mauer instead of Wieters (ouch).

    Also, the Twins are no longer a "left handed" team from a power standpoint, and I don't perceive this park being trouble for RH power hitters at all. Willingham certainly isn't struggling with it. And many of those early season numbers are suppressed by the cold, but we've had very good conditions in April and early May so far.

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