The Yanks are coming to the end of a very exciting home stand. There have four walk off wins, homers galore and many pies in the face. Perhaps the home runs and the comebacks are related. Small sample size police be damned, this stadium is shaping up as a run-scoring haven where teams are never quite out of it no matter how many runs they need to make up. This has made for some exciting games at the new stadium, of course, but wonders how management will rectify the situation next season. The stadium design is a "joke", as Gammo and other pundits opine. So what will be done?
Steve Lombardi speculates that a plexiglas extension, in the style of the Metrodome, will be added on top of the outfield walls. I wonder if management will ask MLB to relax its PED testing policy. During the steroid era, you never saw home runs flying out like this in the Bronx. Cause or correlation? That goes for the rest of baseball as well. A cursory glance at the league leaders shows that almost 20 players are on pace to hit over 40 home runs this season. I've not had as much time at the computer to research the numbers, but it sure seems like roundtrippers are up this season. Is the ball different this season? Do we have another 1987 on our hands? Or am I completely misreading the numbers?
Meanwhile, today's game should be a real pitcher's duel–a 5-4 score would not be shocking! Two of the best lefties in the game go at it. It's CC vs. Cole for the series win. Comment on the game here.