The Mets played their last home game of 2012 yesterday, finishing the season with a 36-45 record in Citi Field.
In four seasons, the Mets are 158-166 in their new home.
This past off-season, the team reconfigured the outfield wall and dimensions to make the ballpark play more fair, i.e., make it slightly less than a pitcher’s park than it had been in its first three years. This year, the team hit 67 home runs, which was their highest total at the ballpark.
Here is a graphic from Citi Field Home Runs, a Tumblr that has been tracking balls hit this year and how they stack up to the ballpark’s previous dimensions:
Terry Collins said yesterday that the changes clearly made a difference, and he doesn’t expect further changes this winter.
Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com:
Yep, I think it clearly helped… as just off memory I can recall seeing a handful of balls land between the old and new wall. However, wall height and dimensions are fine, they help, but if the Mets really want more home runs they should put more guys in the lineup who are actually capable of hitting home runs. There were times this season where playing with MTV Celebrity Softball dimensions would not have mattered, since all the Mets did was hit single after single after single, and it was the same problem last year and the year before that. Singles hitters will hit singles and home run hitters will hit home runs, whether at home, on the road or on the moon.
By the way, this is why you don’t trade Ike Davis. I mean, sure, listen to offers, which the Mets will get. But, given Sandy Alderson’s desire to have more power in the lineup, I can’t imagine he’s presented with a deal that motivates him to trade a way a guy who has has 31 home runs this season and who will likely end the year with more than 90 RBI, despite starting the season in a terrible slump.