Miami Marlins Stadium: Pitcher-Friendly or Hitter Friendly? Or BOTH???

There has been much talk of the dimensions of Miami Marlins new stadium. The dimensions of the outfield resemble a lot like Petco Stadium in San Diego. The center-field wall is 10 feet deeper in Miami than it is in San Diego.

It has also been known that humidity in Florida has been advantageous for the pitcher for many reasons. It has also been surmised that the jet stream in Miami’s new stadium helps hitters, as with the evidence of a 15-year old recently hitting a homerun during a high school exhibition there. I am not a physicist, but a lot of people play them on their blogs, so here is some information of what people think the influence of the ballpark has on 2012 offenses around the league:

  • Miami Marlins dimensions and bringing up issues with humidity, as well as a great comment on jet-streams and how humidity might affect the ball.
  • On Stanton hitting in stadium (commenter but stats look legit): “Mike Stanton hits most of his homers over 400 feet. Only about 6 of his 34 homers (~17.6%) were less than 400′. Most of his homers were to left field”
  • “I told Boni, Major League Baseball is checking for [performance-enhancing drugs],” joked manager Ozzie Guillen. – After Guillen saw infielder Emilio Bonifacio hit a homerun out in a college-exhibition game vs FIU.
  • When the roof is open but the stadium panels are closed, hitters noticed balls fly out due a jet-stream created from this make-up (roof open, panels closed).

Fantasy Baseball Super Sleeper at Catcher: Jarrod Saltalamacchia!!

If you think about the basics of Salty’s campaign with the Red Sox in 2012, he struggled along with the entire team in their September collapse, going with the .162/.174/.368 line (also known as “Joey Cora Sexy Time” aka “JCST” aka “joke-street” for pronounciation).

He also struggled in April, when he was hoisted as being the heir to Varitek on a team that was destined by most of baseball to win the World Series. The lack of pressure showed in his April stats as he hit zero homeruns with 6 RBIs and a scorching .360 slugging percentage.

The months in between the pressuring April and September collapse showcased his true talent. If we were to ratio the stats between May and August and predict his stats if he had played 120 games:

.259 BA 72RBI 24HR

Looking at the catching arena, you see these statistics (and I admit, much better) statistics in the upper-tier catchers. But if you have needs in the first few rounds of a fantasy draft, why not take a flier on Salty? He is holding down the job as catcher for the Red Sox, he will play 110-130 games. They won’t overplay him so he won’t have that 2nd half catcher’s fatigue like many number #1 in the league. AND, he might still be on the board in the very late rounds in your league ( I drafted him in the 20th round of a 14-team/25-man league. full of Red Sox fans mind you.).

One article has him as a decent alternative to Napoli, but without the stats and the higher position in the lineup. But he’s a great sleeper, and worth a late-pick. Unless you think this is Arencibia’s year. Then, I would be quiet about both and have your cake between the two on draft day!

Why You Need Mark Texeira on your 2012 Fantasy Squad ASAP!!

Mark Texeira struggled mightily with the Yankees last season. He had his lowest average ever, and many pitchers had less stress going against his bat. It was no longer tough. A-Rod became an easier out. Tex might be on the decline, the forums say. But a lot of people overlooked a mistake Texeiera was making. A mistake he has been since fixing in the offseason to prepare for 2012: The defensive shift.

The same thing had happened to David Ortiz earlier. The shifts became more aligned to the outfield, and his batting average suffered. It wasn’t until recently when he started hitting the ball the opposite field or putting down a random bunt that he got the defense to play honest (sometimes) again.

He talks about how his approach to blasting homeruns on the short porch of the new Yankee Stadium wasn’t cutting it:

“It’s been a progressive thing,” he said Sunday. “You spend enough time at the Stadium with that porch, you lift a couple of fly balls out [over the wall] and you start thinking, ‘Wow, this is fun.’ ”

As the last two years have shown being in the smaller stadium, his averages have dipped:

This is what he had to say about the changes he will make for the Yankees this year:

“I always mess around with it, but it’s something you can’t work on without live pitching. I may lay down 20 bunts this spring.”

The mofo’ is going to BUNT his way on. Same as Ortiz. The results of these plays, especially with slow players, aren’t very successful. But if the opponents are going to put their SS at 2nd base and 3rd base in left-field, it is an automatic base hit, and a surrender by the defense back into their normal positions.

Promise you, he will be bunting, and probably spraying softies opposite field. Trust me, his average and his bat will become dangerous again. Unless he faces Jon Lester, who will own him in 2012. The last part was just contempt for the Yanks. Okay move along.

PS: I’m trading for him right now…