The Diamondbacks + a humidor = 38% fewer home runs

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We heard a couple of weeks ago that the Diamondbacks are looking for ways to cut down on offense in Chase Field. Among their ideas was installing a Coors Field-style humidor.  If they do that, however, they had best be careful because people who know more than I do about such things think doing so could turn the joint into the Astrodome, Part Deux.

The upshot, according to a physics professor you don’t know named Alan Nathan and a hit tracker you probably know named Greg Rybarczyk, is that humidified balls hit in the air would lose 2.5 m.p.h. off the bat, 14 feet in flight and would result in a 38% decrease in home runs. That’s some serious offensive depression.

No word if the Dbacks have looked into simply getting better pitching. 

Video: Corey Dickerson breaks scoreless tie with walk-off home run

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Neither the Pirates nor the Tigers could manage any offense during Thursday afternoon’s game at PNC Park. That is, until outfielder Corey Dickerson launched a walk-off solo home run off of Alex Wilson with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Dickerson, 28, has been solid for the Pirates for the first month of the season. He’s batting .314/.348/.500 with a pair of home runs, 13 RBI, and 13 runs scored in 92 plate appearances. The Pirates acquired him from the Rays in late February in exchange for journeyman pitcher Daniel Hudson and Single-A infielder Tristan Gray.