Playing around with Baseball Reference the other day, I noticed something odd. In 966 PAs, there have only been five homeruns hit at AT&T Park by left-handed batters this year. While AT&T is famous for suppressing left-handed power, that’s about a third of the rate that balls usually leave the yard in the post Bonds era.
I’m at a loss to explain this power outage, but a few ideas have occurred to me:
- The weather has been unseasonably cold.
- The Giants themselves have lacked left handed power this year, as Huff has slumped and Sandoval and Torres have missed time.
- It always plays like this at the beginning of the year and I’ve just never noticed before.
That’s all I’ve got. #2 can’t be the whole explanation, because opposing lefties have been even worse. The Giants have three of the five home runs: one apiece from Aubrey Huff, Nate Schierholtz and Mike Fontenot.
So what do you think? Is there anything to explain, or am I missing something?