The old saying from the Atlanta Braves’ Hall of Fame pitchers of the 1990s goes as follows: chicks dig the long ball.
If that’s true, you might want to keep your girl away from SunTrust Park.
Through Tuesday night’s 9-7 Braves victory over the New York Mets, there have been an astounding 23 home runs hit at SunTrust Park in the nine regular-season games played there. Heck, even the Missouri Tigers have a homer at SunTrust Park, achieved April 8 in a game against the Georgia Bulldogs.
Forget “Kids Round the Bases;” we should let the little ones swing for the fences on Sundays. A few of them might be able to park one.
Before we start the comparisons to Coors Field, consider this: of the six players in the National League with at least nine homers so far, four have played at least part of a series at SunTrust Park. One of them – Freddie Freeman – has played in all nine games at the stadium, and he has four home runs in those nine games.
As a team, the Braves are also surging in the power department. They’ve hit 29 longballs, compared to just five at this time a year ago, according to WSB-TV’s Zach Klein.
Atlanta’s pitching staff, on the other hand, has been middle-of-the-road in most statistics. They’re ninth out of 15 National League teams in earned run average, ninth in home runs allowed and have the eighth-highest slugging percentage against them. They’re not exactly the Braves’ staff of the ’90s, but they’re also not completely hopeless.
Nine games is a small sample size, but we’ve seen a few homers at SunTrust Park that would have certainly been a fly out at Turner Field. Take, for instance, the home run hit by Jose Reyes Monday night. You’ll see in the video that he just threw his bat out there and hit a lazy fly ball to left field, and it landed in the Mets’ bullpen. Such homers have happened several times already, and as temperatures rise this summer, they’re likely to continue.
In a division with so many power hitters, the Braves might need to craft their pitching staff to include more guys who can keep the ball down or get strikeouts, because if SunTrust Park is really the launching pad we’ve seen so far, it’ll be their only chance to have a home-field advantage.Follow @Sean_Breslin