Last winter, the Mets re-worked Citi Field’s outfield dimensions to make the ballpark more fair.
The new dimensions resulted in 21 additional homers for the Mets and 24 for their opponents, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports, according to a season-long MLB.com study.
According to the report, the new dimensions helped David Wright hit four more home runs in 2013, which led to six more RBI.
The team said last season (when debuting the changes) that they estimated the alterations would result in 50 additional home runs.
Terry Collins told reporters at the end of this season that there are no additional adjustments planned for this winter.
Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com:
It’s a good start. In some ways, the fact that each side hit roughly the same number of additional home runs makes last winter’s decision more valid than had the opposition hit two or three times more at Citi Field than the Mets (despite their being an overall increase). The numbers being close suggest the ballpark is more neutral for everyone (which was the goal and the definition of neutral).
I have heard people say Sandy Alderson would love to add 25 to 30 home runs to the team’s total, which would put them in the upper echelon of this category in the National League. This cannot be done by moving fences, only by acquiring better power hitters.
Lucas Duda hit just 15 home runs last season (more on the road than at home). Also, Wright hit 21. So, just slightly more power from Wright plus more production from Duda (as he matures) will get the Mets in that upper tier in home runs, which would also likely get them up around 700 runs scored, without making a single acquisition. Of course, no one knows what to make of Duda and Wright isn’t getting younger, so outside help is still needed.
That said, it’s worth noting that – while some playoff teams hit for little power in 2012 (like the Giants, who were dead last yet going to the World Series) – four of the five playoff teams in the NL scored more than 700 runs (with the Reds scoring 669). The Mets were 12th overall with 650.
And I think that’s the point, Alderson’s real goal is probably less about power and more about overall run production – home runs are simply the quickest and easiest way to get there (assuming the team does a better job of getting on base more in advance of those home runs).