I just noticed this for the first time. The park factor numbers from 2010 indicate the Rays had the top pitcher friendly park in all of baseball. Likewise, they have the worst hitter friendly park in all of baseball. Tropicana Field grades in with a park factor of 0.800 for scoring runs, as opposed to 0.996 in 2009.
Park factor indicates the difference between runs scored in a team’s home and road games. Most commonly used as a metric in the sabermetric community, it has found more general usage in recent years. It is helpful in assessing how much a specific ballpark contributes to the offensive production of a team or player.
Do you know what this means? It means the Rays hitters who only scored 351 runs at home (fourth worst in the AL) were not as bad as we thought. There is hope for the offense even besides the addition of Manny Ramirez at DH. Yay for the pitchers as they went from #17 pitchers park in 2009, to the top overall pitchers park.
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