Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Michael Pineda’s Hit Locations
I found this really cool site while trying to find batted ball locations off Michael Pineda to see how many of his flyball outs in Safeco would have been HRs in DNYS. The site lets you look at any player and superimpose their hit locations from one stadium to a different one. I have to say, the answer surprised me.
Red dots are outs, blue dots are hits.
If dimensions were the only factor, the answer would be none. But they’re not the only factor. Weather and altitude can also affect how a park plays.
The fear that Pineda is a fly ball pitcher who’ll get bombed in DNYS is overblown in my opinion. He may give up a couple of homers he wouldn’t have given up to RF, but having Brett Gardner behind him with a deeper than normal LF probably helps him.
Next entry: Pitcher A vs. Pitcher B