Are we dreading the Dodgers series at Coors Field? Yes, but maybe that has to do with the rotation order (Kazmir/Maeda/Wood), and not so much about the location. After all, both teams are playing in the same place.
There is no doubt that the thin air at Coors Field (altitude 5,200 feet above sea level) allows a batted ball to travel faster and farther than at lower altitude baseball parks. Nothing that MLB does with the “humidor” can totally offset that thin air effect. The field does have the fences at greater distance from home plate than normal, but that just allows more singles, doubles, and triples. Also, the thin air reduces the amount of curve on your curve ball.
As evidence of the offensive “shift” at high altitude, look at a couple former Rockies all-stars. Todd Helton had amazing career offensive numbers (AB/OBP/SLG/OPS) of .316/.414/.539/.953. His slash line in Denver was .335/.441/.607/1.048. But when he was away from Denver, those numbers fell to .287/.386/.469/.855.
Troy Tulowitzki was .321/.394/.558/.951 at Coors Field. But elsewhere he bats .270/.344/.456/.800.
Even the Dodgers have a better offense at Coors Field. Last year, their overall numbers were .250/.326/.415/.739. But at Coors Field last year, the Dodgers hit .303/.388/.508/.896.
Which of the Dodgers has done especially well with the bat at Coors Field? The following are career numbers.
Chase Utley .356/.396/.611/1.007
Justin Turner .367/.426/.531/.957
Adrian Gonzalez .312/.382/.559/.940
Howie Kendrick .375/.432/.450/.882
AJ Ellis .289/.383/.478/.861
Lest we forget, Coors Field has been unkind to the Dodgers in the injury department. It was here that Matt Kemp ruined his left shoulder crashing into the center field wall on August 28, 2012.