New dimensions: 45 extra homers at Citi


ESPN's Mike Veneziano offers this analysis of Citi Field's revised dimensions ...

• Of the 155 home runs hit at Citi Field this season, 45 were aided by the new dimensions -- about one every other game. The Mets had 21. Opponents 24.

The Jay Bruce inside-the-park homer on June 15 and the Ike Davis homer on June 22, helped over the wall by New York Yankees right fielder Nick Swisher, are excluded.

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Mr. Met shows off the party deck created by reduced dimensions for the 2012 season.• Last year, 108 homers were hit at Citi Field (47 fewer than this season), averaging 399.3 feet, and ranking ninth in the majors in average distance. This year, with the fences moved in, the average distance at Citi Field was 394.7 feet, 5.2 feet shorter and currently 20th in the league.

• The part of the park that experienced the most change from last season to this season was left-center. In 2011, only nine homers were hit to left-center; this season there were 26.

• The dimension changes in left and left-center figured to provide the biggest difference, and they accounted for more than half the homers hit that would not have been gone in 2011 (23 of 45). In left and left-center, the fences were moved in an average of 11.7 feet and the fence height was cut from 16 feet to eight.

• Of the home runs hit that would not have been out last year, 12 were to left, 11 to left-center, 10 to right, nine to center, and three to right-center.

• Davis and David Wright benefited the most from the new dimensions, each hitting four homers that would not have been out last season. However, neither benefited particularly in one part of the field. Davis’ four extra homers were all to different parts of the park. Wright hit two to center, one to right and one to left-center.

R.A. Dickey benefited the least from the new dimensions. He gave up four homers that would not have been out last season, more than any other pitcher. Each of the homers Dickey allowed were to different parts of the park.

• Met fans were hopeful Jason Bay would return to form this season and benefit as much as anyone from the new dimensions. However, neither of his two homers at Citi Field were helped by the new dimensions.

• Of the 45 new-dimension-aided home runs, Swisher had the longest, a 423-foot homer off Dickey to center on June 24. Davis hit the shortest at 367 feet on Aug. 26. The 367-foot homer to right was the lone walk-off home run the Mets hit this season.