Bill Petti of Baseball Nation penned a post on how much Park Factors play into a team’s success. He noted the following about the Mets since their move to Citi Field:
After opening Citi Field in 2009, the New York Mets saw a significant decline in their ability to score runs. The team averaged 681 runs scored per year from ’09-’11 compared to 812 over the previous three seasons. Additionally, management worried that pitchers were developing bad habits while pitching at their spacious home park that led to worse performances on the road.
The decline in run production is no surprise and has been well documented. It is no doubt tied into the decrease in home runs. But wouldn’t that also hold true for Mets opponents?
What bothers me more is that the starting pitchers picked up bad habits, in fact I believe Terry Collins addressed that a few months ago and suspected that the starting pitchers and bullpen got far too comfortable and it led to too many mistakes. They forgot how to pitch a...