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Mike Jacobs has a sweeter home park in 2009

One of the arguments against Mike Jacobs involves the low BA and low OBP he accumulated in 2008.

But digging deeper finds these home/road splits

.238/.273/.484 at home (14 HR)
.258/.325/.547 on the road (18 HR)

Previous seasons in Florida show the same thing for Jacobs, essentially being a LH batter in a park where the right field pole is at 345ft, is not good for a guy like Mike Jacobs.

And how is Jacobs starting off his 2009

.389/.450/.889 at home (3 doubles, 2 HR, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts)
.276/.323/.517 on the road (2 HR, 1 walk, 10 strikeouts)

Overall, if Jacobs tops .300 at Kauffman Stadium, he'll do well overall. And he'll top 30 HRs again. And his OBP will be 3 steps ahead of his BA.

Playing half of his games in a park that has traditionally increased BA and OBP might just make Mike Jacobs into a formidable hitter. And there have been other players with big splits between K totals at home and on the road. Ask Angel Berroa about that.

But, Kauffman Stadium is no Dolphin Stadium.

This FanPost was written by a member of the Royals Review community. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the editors and writers of this site.

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