September 29, 2019 is the final time the Toronto Blue Jays performed an everyday season sport on their residence turf at Rogers Centre. Within the 20 months since, they’ve performed residence video games of their minor league ballparks in Buffalo and Dunedin.
As hospitable as these stadiums have been, there’s nothing fairly just like the ambiance of a real residence ballpark. Identical to the Toronto Raptors, the Blue Jays needed to make do with an unenviable place of being the only real group of their sport whose house is north of the border.
TD Ballpark in Dunedin and Sahlen Area in Buffalo by no means initially meant to host common season MLB video games, however the Blue Jays bridged the hole whereas they figured issues out on the fly.
Whereas the gamers would certainly a lot choose to play 81 video games a season within the consolation of “residence,” their momentary residence ballparks have favoured the Blue Jays nicely within the brief time period.
The group received’t miss sure features and facilities of TD Ballpark, however they’ll particularly miss how the stadium performed in favour of right-handed hitters.
Up to now, the Blue Jays have performed 20 at TD Ballpark in Dunedin, Florida, and whereas the outcomes for left-handed hitters are about on par from final yr’s video games in Buffalo, righties have loved an enormous enhance to their batting averages and slugging percentages.
For right-handed hitters going reverse discipline, the Blue Jays elevated their batting common by 125 factors. Much more shocking, they boosted their slugging share by 331 factors year-over-year.
Coors Area is broadly thought to be the very best hitters’ ballpark, however TD Ballpark is shortly rivalling Coors Area as the very best stadium in baseball for a right-handed hitter. Since 2008, TD Ballpark ranks third general for the very best ballpark batting common at .276 (just one level behind Sahlen Area at .277).
It’s a reasonably small pattern dimension this yr at 20 video games complete, however TD Ballpark ranks second general in Baseball Savant’s Park Issue metric, second in runs, first in on base share, and seventh in residence runs.
Dunedin particularly favours right-handed hitters going the opposite method, as right-handed Blue Jays hitters going reverse discipline personal the very best batting common of any MLB group in 2021 with a .458 AVG.
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By way of slugging share, Blue Jays righties at residence going reverse discipline have the second-highest SLG relationship again to 2008, second solely to the 2020 Yankees.
It’s as if Blue Jays right-handers are making a aware effort to hit the ball into the alternative discipline this yr at residence, as they’re tied for the second-highest pitch share hit to reverse discipline by right-handers at residence in 2021.
As talked about, left-handed hitters are fairly even at residence evaluating 2021 to 2021. If something, lefties’ numbers took a dip this season, however that might have been pushed by early season struggles by Toronto’s two predominantly lefty hitters: Cavan Biggio and Rowdy Tellez.
There are a number of contributing components to TD Ballpark taking part in closely in favour of hitters; it’s solely 500 metres from the ocean, there’s the dearth of higher deck stands to dam the wind in left and proper discipline, and the truth that Dunedin has the second-highest common temperature of any metropolis in MLB in 2021.
All these parts add as much as the Blue Jays’ spring coaching stadium being essentially the most hitter-friendly park this yr. With one sport left to play at TD Ballpark, the 2021 Blue Jays are tied for the second-highest residence slugging share in franchise historical past and so they have the fourth-highest residence slugging share in membership historical past.
The group will transfer again to Buffalo, New York, to play their residence video games for the foreseeable future beginning on June 1, however Sahlen Area additionally favours the righties within the Blue Jays’ lineup. Toronto right-handers slashed .280/.334/.490 in Buffalo final yr in comparison with .232/.291/.433 at Rogers Centre in 2019.
The Blue Jays haven’t formally dominated out taking part in no less than a few of their video games at Rogers Centre this yr, however with cross-border journey restrictions nonetheless in place, the group faces an uphill battle to play video games north of the border in 2021.
It’s a lower than superb scenario for the gamers who haven’t had a gentle “residence” ballpark in virtually two years, however the Blue Jays’ momentary properties have been hitter-friendly havens for right-handed hitters.