Weekly Hitter Rankings: Sense of Humidor

Weekly Hitter Rankings: Sense of Humidor

This article is part of our Weekly Hitter Rankings series.

Scoring is up, as it always is as the temperatures increase. Overall, runs are still below levels commensurate with this time of the season. Check out the Twitter thread below for a deeper scientific explanation. In brief, according to Dr. Meredith Wills, the humidors could be responsible for unexpected repercussions. The notion was they would instill uniformity with the ball, but the opposite is occurring. The strings under the cover are expanding or tightening as moisture is added or removed from the ball. This change is not uniform, generating slightly non-spherical ball, as well as pushing up the seams. Both force more drag, hence restrict flight.

As for this week's docket, the Royals, White Sox and Diamondbacks play eight games. Kansas City is home for the octet while the other two clubs are on the road all week.

The Rockies only play six games, but they're all Coors Field affairs.

It will be a quiet week in the Buckeye State as the Guardians and Reds each have five only tilts on the slate.

UPDATED: Monday May 16 1:25 AM ET

Week of May 16-22

MLB Hitter Rankings

KEY (100 neutral)

  • HR LHB/HR RHB - Average HR Park Factors

Scoring is up, as it always is as the temperatures increase. Overall, runs are still below levels commensurate with this time of the season. Check out the Twitter thread below for a deeper scientific explanation. In brief, according to Dr. Meredith Wills, the humidors could be responsible for unexpected repercussions. The notion was they would instill uniformity with the ball, but the opposite is occurring. The strings under the cover are expanding or tightening as moisture is added or removed from the ball. This change is not uniform, generating slightly non-spherical ball, as well as pushing up the seams. Both force more drag, hence restrict flight.

As for this week's docket, the Royals, White Sox and Diamondbacks play eight games. Kansas City is home for the octet while the other two clubs are on the road all week.

The Rockies only play six games, but they're all Coors Field affairs.

It will be a quiet week in the Buckeye State as the Guardians and Reds each have five only tilts on the slate.

UPDATED: Monday May 16 1:25 AM ET

Week of May 16-22

MLB Hitter Rankings

KEY (100 neutral)

  • HR LHB/HR RHB - Average HR Park Factors
  • SB - Stolen Base Index
  • P LHB/P RHB - Opposing pitcher quality index
  • Runs - Runs scoring index
TMGMSvLHPvRHPHOMEAWAYHR LHBHR RHBSBP LHBP RHBRUNSAVE LHBAVE RHBTOTAL
1ARZ83508100106107909711498101100
2ATL6150695901201079383999396
3BAL734701131231059997109104104104
4BOS716707993125103109111103107105
5CHC725708810692104102116103104104
6CHW8170897907998101126100101101
7CIN5230510810775959975919392
8CLE5235010798769610480949695
9COL62460123119119102100117106105106
10DET61506989787909785919392
11HOU725439710596104104112103104104
12KC8178084801089796126104103104
13LAA6243311310011910292951019699
14LAD7344311611581107106113106105106
15MIA606608075108999989969696
16MIL62460110105999499989810099
17MIN624068585101959696939494
18NYM7254310410698101105116103105104
19NYY7163411611612910097117105104105
20OAK615331039498999984979697
21PHI633601221261118993949810099
22PIT633339293929810191969797
23SD62406911008610910887989999
24SF633339197811031071009810099
25SEA7250792102105102105105100102101
26STL716079289103106981021019799
27TB6153310110910210310093999999
28TEX72534108109137101100102103103103
29TOR6156010911397100100100101101101
30WSH6150695901041059680979395

Pitching Matchups

TeamMONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
ARZ@Gonsolin R@Anderson L/Pepiot R@Buehler R@Stroman R@Hendricks R@Steele L@Miley L
ATL@Peralta R@Houser R@Burnes R @Rogers L@Hernandez R@Alcantara R
BALSeverino RTaillon RCole RMontgomery LYarbrough LSprings LKluber R
BOSOdorizzi RUrquidy RGarcia RKirby RRay LFlexen RGilbert R
CHCPeters LBrubaker RKeller RGallen RCastellanos RBumgarner LKelly R
CHW@Keller R@Singer R/Heasley R@Greinke R@Hernandez R@Cortes Jr. L@Severino R@Taillon R
CIN @Plesac R@Quantrill R @Ryu L@Manoah R@Kikuchi L
CLE Overton RMahle R Wentz LSkubal LFaedo R
COLWood LCobb RWebb R Carrasco RPeterson LWalker R
DET@Kluber R@McClanahan L@Rasmussen R @Civale R@Bieber R@McKenzie R
HOU@Whitlock R@Eovaldi R@Pivetta ROtto RPerez LGray RHearn L
KCLambert RCease R/Cueto RVelasquez RKeuchel LBundy RRyan ROber R
LAA@Gray R@Hearn L@Dunning R Blackburn RMontas RLogue L
LADBumgarner LKelly R/Gilbert LDavies R @Suarez L@Nola R@Eflin R
MIASanchez RAdon RGray. R Morton RWright RAnderson R
MILAnderson RStrider RFried L Fedde RCorbin LSanchez R
MIN@Logue L@Kaprielian R@Jefferies R @Lynch L@Keller R@Heasley R
NYMMikolas RMatz LHicks RHudson R@Marquez R@Gomber L@Senzatela R
NYY@Bradish R@Watkins R@Lyles R@Zimmermann LKopech RGiolito RCease R
OAKArcher RWinder RGray R @Silseth R@Lorenzen R@Sandoval L
PHI Clevinger RSnell LDarvish RUrias LGonsolin RAnderson L
PIT@Miley L@Thompson R@Smyly L Wainwright RMikolas RMatz L
SD @Eflin R@Wheeler R@Gibson R@Rodon L@DeSclafani R@Wood L
SEA@Kikuchi L@Berrios R@Gausman R@Hill L@Houck R@Wacha R@Whitlock R
SF@Senzatela R@Kuhl R@Freeland L Manaea LMusgrove RGore L
STL@Williams R@Walker R@Scherzer R@Bassitt R@Thompson R@Quintana L@Wilson R
TBFaedo RBrieske RRodriguez L @Wells R@Bradish R@Watkins R
TEXSyndergaard RDetmers LOhtani R@Valdez L@Javier R@Verlander R@Odorizzi R
TORFlexen RGilbert RGonzales L Castillo RGreene ROverton R
WSH@Alcantara R@Poteet R@Lopez R @Lauer L@Woodruff R@Peralta R

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