The Yankees left New York after losing a tough series to Oakland, and now head into an unfamiliar ballpark already puts the team at a disadvantage.
Here are three potential issues that could arise for the Bronx Bombers in Denver.
1) Mother Nature.
According to Weather Underground tonight’s forecast is low 60’s with a 30% chance of thunderstorms.
And things look to be even moister on Wednesday (60%) and Thursday (40%) nights, which means all three games are in jeopardy of being able to get played.
2) The Altitude.
Speaking from experience, altitude sickness is awful and couldn’t leave my hotel room for about 48 hours. It came on within hours of arriving, zapping all my energy, along with being dizzy and nausea.
Hopefully the Yankees can withstand the jump from New York, which is basically at sea level to the Mile-High City of Denver. But don’t hold your breath as this team has been the poster child of bad luck this season.
3) Coors Field.
Coors field is a pitchers nightmare, as balls don’t cut as much due to the thin air. Fastballs have a little more life but overall this presents a disadvantage for the visiting teams.
But a pitcher’s nightmare makes for a hitters dream.
As it is no coincidence that the Rockies have the second most home runs in baseball right now, with 43. The Rockies are also sporting a .285 batting average, which is the best in the Bigs, and their 159 RBIs tops the NL.
The simplest explanation I could find about how the ball travels at Coors Field was provided by MLB:
“The ball still travels 9% farther at 5,280 feet than at sea level. It is estimated that a home run hit 400 feet in sea-level Yankee Stadium would travel about 408 feet in Atlanta and as far as 440 feet in the Mile High City.”
So basically the Rockies already have a huge advantage playing in Coors Field.
The bottom line is the last time the Yankees visited the Rockies, which was six years ago they got swept.
So I think it is about time New York changed that bit of history, but can the Yankee players adjust quickly enough is the question.