DraftKings and FanDuel MLB Tips: Top Hitter-Friendly Ballparks

Posted on April 13, 2016
via Keith Allison

With daily fantasy baseball season inching closer, DFS players wanting to use FanDuel and DraftKings lineup optimizer everyday need quality information to get an edge. Knowing which players perform well against a lefty pitcher, or on a home stand, or in a pitcher’s park, is critical to making quality daily fantasy decisions.

Here at the RotoQL blog we have made it our mission to prepare our users with a DFS MLB lineup advice for the start of the season and beyond.  

Keep These Hitter Ballparks in Mind for Daily Fantasy Baseball

With MLB’s Opening Day just around the corner, it’s time to start preparing your lineups for Daily Fantasy Baseball. Today we’re looking at some of the top hitter-friendly ballparks around Major League Baseball.

Coors Field (home of the Colorado Rockies)

Coors Field is easily baseball’s friendliest hitting environment thanks to its mile-high altitude. The reason for this is because the ball still travels 9% farther at 5,280 feet than at sea level. A ball that is estimated to travel 400 feet in sea-level Yankee Stadium would travel as far as 440 feet at Coors Field. Also, distant outfield fences provide for plenty of space for additional extra-base hits to drop in. This is why Coors Field has had the highest batting average on balls in play in the MLB over the last few seasons.

Oriole Park at Camden Yards (home of the Baltimore Orioles)

The distance between home plate and the right field pole is a measly 318 feet. While the height of the wall is 25-feet high, lefty hitters seem to have no trouble getting the ball over the fence. Oriole Park at Camden Yards is a well above-average environment for power and extra-base production. According to ESPN’s Park Factor (Park Factor compares the rate of stats at home vs. rate of stats on the road, with a rate higher than 1.000 favoring the hitter), Oriole Park at Camden Yards has the third highest rate.

Ballpark Factors and Pitcher Parks for MLB Daily Fantasy

2015 MLB Park Factors via ESPN.com

Fenway Park (home of the Boston Red Sox)

The Green Monster in left field is a big help in inflating righty hitting numbers. While power to left field is not much higher than the league average, right handed hitters have the highest batting average on balls in play to left field at Fenway Park. Even though left handed batters hit around the league average at Fenway, right handed hitters have such success there that Fenway has solidified itself as one of the top hitter-friendly ballparks in baseball (fourth highest Park Factor).

Great American Ball Park (home of the Cincinnati Reds)

Over the last few seasons, no stadium in Major League Baseball has been more home run-friendly. Great American Ball Park inflated home run production by 40% (Coors Field inflated home run production by 36%). The dimensions of the park are most favorable for left handed hitters, as the distance down the right field line is only 325 feet and the distance to right-center is 370 feet. Great American also has the sixth highest Park Factor in the league.

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