The 2023 MLB Season is now underway, and one of the most exciting plays in baseball is the home run. With so many teams and so many unique stadiums across North America, seeing a home run in one spot is not the same as seeing it somewhere else. Field sizes, park atmospheres, team lineups, and more all have a big effect on how often and how exciting each home run is going to be.
With all of this in mind, BetMaryland.com used the Park Factors Statcast information from BaseballSavant.com to determine which MLB Stadiums you would be most likely to see a home run at. This should interest the Maryland sports betting community. Statcast park effects show the observed effect of each displayed stat based on the events in the selected park. While this is not an exact science, it gives us an idea of which parks are affecting the players the most. Team lineups and hitters abilities also play a role in which teams hit the most homers.
Top-10 MLB Stadiums for Home Runs This Season
Here are the expected top 10 MLB ballparks for home runs in 2023:
*Over the last 3 seasons
Baltimore Orioles Have 5th-Best Stadium To Go Yard
The Reds’ Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati sits at the top of the list as the park ranks well ahead of the rest when it comes to home runs allowed. It received a 150 park factor mark over the past three seasons for home runs allowed. This means for batters and pitchers who played both at GABP and elsewhere, 50% more home runs were observed at GABP. Citizens Field Park in Philadelphia and Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago round out the top three.
Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore clocks in at fifth on the overall list. The Orioles stadium opened in 1992 and carries hints of home run nostalgia. All of the seats are green, save for two orange ones, one in the location of Cal Ripken Jr.’s 278th career home run when he set the shortstop home run record and one in the location of Eddie Murray’s 500th homer. The stadium has seen other historic moments as well, with Ripken playing in his record-setting 2,131st consecutive game in Camden Yards on Sept 6, 1995.
Expected Big Home Run Hitters for Orioles in 2023
Baltimore was a league-average team in home runs last year, putting up 171, enough to tie them with the New York Mets for 15th in the league. They will be looking for more this year as they play in a competitive AL East division full of homer-happy teams like the Yankees and Blue Jays. This is certainly something Maryland sports betting apps will consider this season as they come up with home run odds.
The Orioles surprised many pundits last year by competing for a playoff spot until the bitter end of the season and a step up from some of their sluggers will increase their chances of making it in this year. They did not make any significant off-season additions, so improvement from within is a must.
That may be why the club has +2200 odds to win the AL East over at BetMGM Maryland Sportsbook.
Antony Santander led the way offensively last year with 33 home runs, followed by Ryan Mountcastle, who had a disappointing 22 after putting up 33 the year prior. His exit velocity and hard hit rates from last season suggest a big bounce-back season coming up. Top prospect Gunnar Henderson will also be counted on to provide pop. He had four home runs in 34 big league games last year and will be expected to be an everyday contributor this season. 2019 first-overall pick Adley Rutchman had 13 home runs in his debut season last year and should be expected to build upon that as well.
No matter how the team does, Baltimore fans will always show up to the historic ballpark, and this year they should be subject to exciting games more often than not, as the homer-friendly park and a team on the rise are the perfect recipe for entertainment.
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