Outfield Angles

citi field third base view

Above is the view of the field from the field level, third base side.

Below is the view from the field level, down the right field line.

citi field view from right field stands

This is a random shot of the top of the dugout, which strangely had standing water on this rainy afternoon. You would think they would have pitched the roof of the dugout so that rainwater ran down. Small detail, I know, just mentioning it because that’s something my dad the housebuilder would point out.

Some notes:

– That outfield is BIG. Thank goodness the Mets have Carlos Beltran to roam that pasture, and Ryan Church in right. The corner spots are going to be tricky, because there are some strange angles and inconsistent wind gusts. Depending on which way the wind is blowing, balls may fly out of there or get knocked down — not unlike Wrigley Field.

– There is very little foul territory, much less (from my judgment) than there was at Shea. Who cares, right? Well, it means that more foul balls will go into the stands (yay! free baseballs!) which means less outs on foul balls. That means batting averages could go up, because at-bats that otherwise wouldn’t be extended, are extended. Good for hitters, not so great for pitchers. You thought John Maine had issues putting batters away before?

– It looks to me like righthanded hitters will have to really mash the ball to get it over the fence in left, which is both very high and a far distance from home plate. Could mean a lot of doubles for David Wright, though.

– Right field has a spot right down the line that looks pretty close. The official dimensions say it’s 330 ft. down the line, but it looks like that 330 stays for a good 20 feet across before the alley begins, which means Carlos Delgado might get some chip shots. But, my judgment could be off.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.