Fantasy Baseball: The Most Hitter-Friendly Parks in Baseball

Coors Field, not surprisingly, tops the list in both runs scored and home runs

As a fantasy baseball owner, you know a series at Coors Field is good for any batter.

What you might not realize is a series at U.S. Cellular Field or Chase Field can be just as hitter-friendly.

If you're a stats nerd, or if you're looking for a quick offensive boost, check out ESPN.com's Park Factor.

The Park Factor compares the rate of stats at home vs. on the road. A rate higher than 1.000 favors the hitter, and a rate below 1.000 is beneficial to the pitcher.

The formula is simple: The first number is computed by adding a team's runs scored at home to its runs allowed at home, then dividing that total by the number of home games in a season (usually 81). The second number is tabulated by adding a team's runs scored on the road to its runs allowed on the road, then dividing the result by the number of road games in a season. Take the home number and divide it by the road number and you have your Park Factor.

You can do the same for home runs by substituting home runs for runs scored in the above equation. ESPN.com also has a Park Factor for hits, doubles, triples and walks.

In 2010, the Park Factor leader in runs was, not surprisingly, Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies. The Park Factor leader in home runs was U.S. Cellular Field, followed by Coors Field.

Let's look at the most hitter-friendly parks using ESPN's Park Factor for the two most beneficial stats for fantasy owners: Runs and home runs.

Runs

The 2010 top 10 was as follows:

  1. Coors Field (Rockies) 1.364
  2. Yankee Stadium 1.177
  3. Wrigley Field (Cubs) 1.170
  4. U.S. Cellular Field (White Sox) 1.135
  5. Oriole Park at Camden Yards 1.112
  6. Rangers Ballpark in Arlington 1.091
  7. Fenway Park (Red Sox) 1.083
  8. Rogers Centre (Blue Jays) 1.058
  9. Chase Field (Diamondbacks) 1.049
  1. Sun Life Stadium (Marlins) 1.043

More analysis from a runs perspective:

  • Of the 10 parks above, seven were also in the top 10 in 2009 -- all but Yankee Stadium, Camden Yards and the Rogers Centre.
  • Six parks have been in the top 10 for three consecutive seasons -- the homes of the Cubs, Diamondbacks, Rangers, Red Sox, Rockies and White Sox. Since 2008, Coors Field has ranked first, first and third, and Chase Field in Arizona has ranked ninth, third and second.
  • Coors Field has been in the top 10 in all 10 years you can research on the Park Factor. Chase Field is next at eight in a row, followed by U.S. Cellular Field (7), Wrigley Field (5), Fenway Park (4) and Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (3). The latter was No. 1 in 2008.
  • The five worst parks from a hitter's perspective in 2010: 30. Tropicana Field (Rays) 0.800, 29. Safeco Field (Mariners) 0.813, 27. (tie) Angel Stadium of Anaheim and Minute Maid Park (Astros) 0.864, 26. Petco Park (Padres) 0.882.

Home runs

The 2010 top 10:

  1. U.S. Cellular Field (White Sox) 1.545
  2. Coors Field (Rockies) 1.496
  3. Yankee Stadium 1.420
  4. Rogers Centre (Blue Jays) 1.358
  5. Oriole Park at Camden Yards 1.262
  6. Miller Park (Brewers) 1.233
  7. Rangers Ballpark in Arlington 1.160
  8. Great American Ball Park (Reds) 1.136
  1. Wrigley Field (Cubs) 1.134
  2. Citizens Bank Park (Phillies) 1.125

More analysis from a home runs perspective:

  • Like the runs analysis, seven of the top-10 home-run parks in 2010 were in the top 10 in 2009 -- all of the above except the Rogers Centre, Wrigley Field and Citizens Bank Park. The new Yankee Stadium, in its first season, led the way in 2009 at 1.261.
  • Five parks have been in the top 10 for three straight seasons -- the homes of the Orioles, Rangers, Reds, Rockies and White Sox. In that span, U.S. Cellular Field has been the most home-run friendly, ranking first, fourth and second. Coors has ranked second, ninth and third, and Camden Yards was first in 2008.
  • Coors Field, again, has been in the top 10 all 10 seasons, followed by U.S. Cellular Field at eight (every year since it was renovated in 2003). Next up is the Great American Ball Park at six seasons in a row, followed by Camden Yards at five and Rangers Ballpark in Arlington at three.
  • The five worst parks from a home-run hitter's perspective in 2010: 30. Target Field (the new home of the Twins) 0.641, 29. Safeco Field (Mariners) 0.675, 28. Oakland Coliseum 0.701, 27. Citi Field (Mets) 0.719, 26. Busch Stadium (Cardinals) 0.758.

One final note on Coors Field, which we will dive further into in another piece, is the Rockies batted .298 at home and .226 on the road in 2010. They hit 43 more home runs at home (108 to 65), drove in 179 more runs (460 to 281), scored 188 more runs (479 to 291) and had an OPS of .866 at Coors and .656 on the road.

You knew Colorado was good to hitters, but you might not have guessed it was that good.

Or that U.S. Cellular Field and Chase Field were nearly as friendly.

NEXT: Ballpark analysis, Coors Field

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