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Kevin Correia and the effect of PETCO Park

Kevin Correia and the effect of PETCO Park

Kevin Correia - UPI/Gary C. Caskey (Newscom)

In the Kevin Correia thread over at Bucs Dugout, a long discussion broke out today about PETCO Park’s effect on Correia’s 2010 numbers. After reading through the debate, I decided to see what I could figure out.

Correia allowed 20 home runs in 145 innings in 2010, despite a well above average groundball rate. This is especially odd, as PETCO Park is notorious for suppressing home runs. StatCorner’s home run factors for PETCO are 59 for left-handed batters and 95 for right-handers. That makes sense considering PETCO’s dimensions.

PNC Park is much less forgiving in right field, which does not exactly bode well for a right-handed pitcher who struggled to keep the ball inside PETCO’s spacious confines. Let’s check the spray charts to see if Correia would have allowed more home runs if he pitched in PNC Park.

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Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.

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