Things looking up in Dayton? Bill Lack 04/12/2005 4 Sure, it’s early, but hitting seems to be up and strikeouts seem to be down… The DDN seems to think this team is better than the last two editions. Share this:TweetPocket 4 Responses Brian Erts 04/12/2005 Dayton plays a pure hitters park, the last 3 years has reaped the following Park Effect numbers. 2002 – 1039 2003 – 1053 2004 – 1074 Those are pretty hitter friendly, I expect the press to latch on to the hitting is better part of it, hopefully they’ll see that it cuts both ways too. A hitter friendly park makes your pitchers numbers look inflated too, just in the wrong way. I know when I look at any Louisville or Chattanooga numbers that I have to remember that both of those parks play slightly in favor of the hitter. Greg 04/12/2005 On paper, this team is definitely better than the past two years. Offensively, they are practically the same, except none of the starting 8 are injured yet. Hitters like Freel and Pena, who each had an OPS+ in excess of 100 last year, are the first players off the bench instead of starters (though one could argue that Pena *should* be starting somewhere.) The pitching, while still average at best, is much better than past year’s edition just by subtracting Lidle, Haynes, Van Poppel, and Jimmy Anderson. Greg 04/12/2005 OOPS! Didn’t see the subject header…thought we were talking about the Reds not the Dragons….sorry ’bout that! PS. Is there a good website for major league and minor league baseball park effects? Heath 04/12/2005 Another sell-out year in Dayton! Heading down the 15 minute drive to 5/3 Field on Thursday….