Friday, October 5, 2012

What happens if ALDS becomes Home Run Derby?

If pitching dominates, and runs are hard to come by, will the Detroit Tigers have a home-run-hitting advantage over the Oakland Athletics in their American League Divisional Series?
Oakland's Josh Reddick
Neither team's ballpark is considered a home run paradise.
Oakland finished sixth in the American League in home runs this season with 195.
The Tigers were 10th with 163.
Detroit's power comes primarily from Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera and cleanup hitter Prince Fielder.
Cabrera hit 44 home runs, while Fielder banged 30.
The duo's 74 homers represent 45 percent of the Tigers' round-trippers.
Oakland wasn't as dependent on two sluggers.
Josh Reddick led the Athletics with 32 and Yoenis Cespedes had 23. Their 55 homers accounted for 28 percent of Oakland's homers.

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