(BaseballStL) – Homers have been hard to come by this year at Busch. Really hard. To date, there have been 77 homers in the St. Louis ballpark.
Comparatively, Miller park leads the NL with 141 taters, and the Rogers Centre in Toronto has seen an eye-popping 167.
In fact, Busch has the third-lowest total in the baseball behind PNC park and Marlins Park in Miami.
“I don’t think we have an answer on why,” GM John Mozeliak told reporters Thursday. “We’re all curious, but it’s not something that’s screaming an answer. It could be random.”
While there is no clear explanation for the dip, it isn’t just perception. Since the park opened in 2006, there have never been less than 120 homers hit there. The highest total came in the inaugural year, with 176 bombs. Last season there were 140 hit.
In 2013, the Cards are on pace for just 107- the lowest total in park history.
One culprit may be Ballpark Village, as the construction beyond the left field wall could have impacted air flow patterns.
“I would doubt it, but it could be,” Mozeliak said.
To date, Miami’s Logan Morrison has the longest home run in the park, with a 446 foot bomb off Jake Westbrook on July 5.