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Balls have been flying out in Philly since the stadium opened in 2004. The dimensions are rather standard, 329-330 feet down the lines, 374 to left-center and 401 to straightaway center. But for some reason, there are far more homers hit there than at the old Veterans Stadium. Perhaps the open-air outfield allows the wind to play too much of a factor. Maybe the power-alleys aren’t deep enough. Whatever the case, it plays small. “The ball seems to carry more,” Rollins said. “Maybe it just looks small, so people feel a little stronger. Maybe pitchers make a lot of mistakes because the park gets in their head. It could be a number of things, but you still have to hit the ball out of the ballpark. I’ve always said when you hit a ball and it’s a home run, it doesn’t matter where you are playing. If you hit it here 10 rows deep, that’s out of any other ballpark.” There’s a much easier explanation for all the scoring at Coors. Blame it on the high altitude. Balls dry out in the thin, arid air, making them slicker and harder to grip. There’s also less air resistance, causing breaking balls to flatten out and changeups to stay up in the zone. Home run totals have decreased significantly at Coors over the past decade – several years ago, the Rockies installed a humidor to store baseballs and control their moisture. Still, Coors and its spacious outfield remains the best park to hit in. Batters had a .286 average in Colorado this season, highest in the majors. It was second in runs at 874 and ninth in homers at 185. Meanwhile, the Bank led the majors with 241 homers and was third in runs at 871. Batters hit .277 in Philly. “Regardless of where you play, you still have to get it and hit it,” Howard said. “Sometimes the wind may be blowing in at a field that’s considered to play large and if you hit in the air, it might go out. You still have to hit it. You still have to put a good swing on it for it to go.” Howard can hit them out of the Grand Canyon. He had 24 of his 47 homers on the road. Rollins and Burrell each had 30 homers. Rollins had 12 on the road and Burrell 14. But a few of Colorado’s sluggers had far better power numbers at Coors. Holliday hit 25 of his 36 homers at home. Hawpe’s home-away ratio was 19-10 and Tulowitzki’s 15-9. “It’s changed,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said of the Rockies’ park. “The elevation is not going to change, but the ballpark is not as much hitter-friendly as it used to be. It plays out much different than it has in the past.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BASEBALL: Phillies and Rockies are built to take advantage of their hitter-friendly ballparks. By Rob Maaddi THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PHILADELPHIA – Pitchers beware: Two potent offenses plus two hitter-friendly ballparks could equal a slugfest. The Philadelphia Phillies and Colorado Rockies got to this point mainly because of their hitting. And, they’ll need to keep swinging to advance. Game 1 of this NL first-round series is today at Citizens Bank Park, the East Coast version of Coors Field. Both teams are sending their aces to the mound – Cole Hamels (15-5) for the Phillies and Jeff Francis (17-9) for the Rockies. But it’ll be the hitters getting most of the attention. Philly has Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Pat Burrell and Aaron Rowand. Colorado brings Matt Holliday, Todd Helton, Garrett Atkins, Brad Hawpe and Troy Tulowitzki. All these guys can flat-out hit no matter where they play. However, many often find themselves explaining why it’s easier to have success at home.