So much for all the claims made last season that Yankee Stadium was a “home run haven.”
ESPN New York reported Saturday that through the first five games this season, home runs have dropped dramatically in Yankee Stadium – from 21 a year ago, to 11 this season. In fact, there have already been more games without homers this season (2) than last season (1).
ESPN New York quoted Andy Pettitte as saying: “Depending on where the wind’s blowing, you can’t hit it out of here sometimes. And obviously I think you’ve seen that already a couple times this home-stand, when that wind is blowing in, that flag is blowing in from left, that ball just really, really gets held up.”
In Sunday’s game, the normally powerful hitting Texas Rangers were held homerless for the second time in the three game series in the Bronx. The Yankees had home runs by Mark Teixeira and Jorge Posada.
Of course, the season is still young and, who knows, maybe the winds will change and we’ll see an increase in homers. After all, big home run hitters Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira only have one homer each. But this could be proof that maybe last season was just a fluke, big year for homers.