MLB Betting: Stadium Changes for the 2020 Season
We’re about two weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to their respective spring training facilities and two months from opening day but MLB bettors are already prepping for the upcoming 2020 season. This offseason was actually fairly busy from a stadium perspective. The Texas Rangers moved just down the street to the brand new Globe Life Field while Miami’s Marlins Park and San Francisco’s Oracle Park featured various dimension changes. Here’s a brief overview on what we know regarding the three stadiums.
Globe Life Field – The biggest and most obvious change is that Globe Life Field — not to be confused with Texas’ former residence, Globe Life Park — will feature a retractable roof and artificial turf. The team has not announced any sort of parameters regarding when the roof will be closed but it makes sense that they’ll have it closed during any April cold spells or summer heat waves in order to help boost attendance. Below is a comparison of the dimensions.
Left field: 329 ft
Left center: 372 ft
Center field: 407 ft
Right center: 374 ft
Right field: 326 ft
Left field: 332 ft
Left center: 390 ft
Center field: 400 ft
Right center: 377 ft
Right field: 325 ft
Note that the fence in left field will be six feet shorter in terms of height. Over the last two seasons, Globe Life Park played heavy to the OVER with a mark of 46-33-1 O/U.
Marlins Park – One of the least hitter-friendly parks in MLB is having its fences moved in. Center and right center field have been moved in 12 feet. The playing surface has also been switched from grass to synthetic turf. Despite being tough on hitters, Marlins Park has actually played neutral from a totals perspective: 300-310-37 O/U since 2012.
Oracle Park – Like Marlins Park, Oracle plays very big. During the offseason, the Giants moved in three fences: left center (was 404 feet, now 399), center (was 399, now 391), and right center (was 421, now 415). Over the last three seasons, totals at Oracle were 107-125-11 O/U.