Sixteen games, or roughly 20%, of the Baltimore Orioles’ home schedule is in the books, and early returns indicate that the park dimension adjustments made during the winter have dramatically impacted how Camden Yards has played.

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While the team had hoped pushing the left field fence back to 384 feet and left-center field fence to 400 feet would make Camden Yards a more neutral environment, the venue has played like an extreme pitchers’ park thus far. The stats confirm this, as Camden Yards has the lowest home-run rate (1.4% of all trips to the plate), second-lowest average runs per game (6.81) and lowest isolated power (.104) in baseball. As the deeper outfield fences were all installed in left and left-center fields, it’s also worth noting that right-handed hitters have a second-lowest home run rate at 1.5%, just behind the 1.6% at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park.

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Before we get ahead of ourselves, a few things to bear in mind: Park factors often vacillate year over year, and they should never be sternly judged off a fraction of a single season. Additionally, the above statistics aren’t, in fact, park factors, which rather compare a team and its opponents’ production at its home venue to the teams’ performance in road games. It’s merely a quick glance, but even taken in a casual sense, it appears that something different is afoot at Camden Yards in 2022.

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That’s why two of Week 6’s most attractive two-start pitching candidates are starters scheduled to take at least one turn at Camden Yards. Yusei Kikuchi (56.9% available in Sportzshala leagues) of the Toronto Blue Jays is the first. He is well worth a pickup in his own right, but the one profiled below plays for the team that has one of the very best all-around weekly schedules, in part because of a three-game weekend series at Baltimore.