There is no question that Petco is the most pitcher friendly park in MLB. My question is why? Is it the fences, the thick air, the wind currents, the lighting, the batters eye... People always talk about adjusting the fences, which would change the park, but how much?
Since Petco has opened:
The Padres have hit 140 more Home Runs on the road than at Petco.
They have hit 38 more triples at Petco, than on the road.
They have hit 320 more doubles on the road than at Petco.
They have hit 439 more singles on the road than at Petco. Singles?
People talk about the fences and home runs, but when you look at it, the biggest chunks of the pie are doubles and singles. I don't see how a small change in the dimensions would change the doubles and singles rate. In order to create more doubles they would have to move the fences in a lot, along with raising them so line drive would not fly out. While this would increase home runs and doubles, it would also push the fielders closer to infield, which would reduce the singles rate.
This takes us back to why. Without first answering that question, making adjustments could turn the park into a complete joke.