Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Ray Pride Part XIII - Home Field?

Just a quick thing for everyone to watch out for during the World Series. The Phillies have not played a single game on FieldTurf this season. It will be interesting to not only see how long it takes the infielders to adjust to this surface, but what kind of affect it has on the outfielders. Given that the warning track is not the usual dirt/clay combination seen with traditional grassy ballparks.

Having regularly watched Blue Jays games, I have been able to witness how a groundball has often times zoomed through the infield in what would have ordinarily been a routine out. This, predominantly against American League teams that have to play at least 9 games on FieldTurf annually.

In 2008, there were only two teams that didn't play their home games on FieldTurf that had a record of .500 or better. The Rays already were one of the best teams at home (possibly due to FieldTurf) and this could further their advantage over the Phillies.

Let's try and keep track of how the surface comes into play, specifically during game one.

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