The two New York teams just moved into new, state-of-the-art stadiums that cost billions of dollars to build. The New Yorkers didn’t spare any expese in building two great stadiums that should be visiting points for any baseball enthusiast. But how are these two new stadiums playing?
The new Yankee Stadium has the same dimensions as the old. In theory, the stadium should play just like the old, but it doesn’t. How the wind plays through the stadium’s signs and the surrounding buildings has a great effect on the games that go on inside the stadium. After 4 games so far, there have been 25 home runs. It looks like this place will play like a small stadium where hitters thrive and pitchers watch their ERAs rise like the home runs that soar out of the joint. There are even rumors that the new Yankee Stadium might play like Coors in the pre-humidor days. It might be a good time to pay a little extra to buy Yankee sluggers and see if you can unload your Yankee hurlers.
Citi Field is playing like a pitcher’s haven. The corners are playing normally, but from gap to gap, it is playing like the old Polo Grounds: the place where home runs go to die. Players who can pull the ball will be OK, but Mets power hitters will see the HR totals take a dip. Buy Mets pitchers and sell Mets hitters if you can get a good deal.