During a normal season, the Yankees would be preparing for Games 1 and 2 of the ALDS against the Rays at Tropicana Field. Games 3 and 4 (if necessary) would be at Yankee Stadium, with Game 5 (if necessary) back in Florida.
But this is not a normal season, it's one that has been played amid a global pandemic, leading the league to implement "bubble" protocols for the League Division Series, League Championship Series, and World Series.
Because of that, the Yanks and Rays will play one another in the ALDS at Petco Park, with the Rays the home team for Game 1 on Monday night.
How might playing the entire ALDS at Petco Park impact the Yankees?
Giancarlo Stanton will be thrilled
Stanton was terrific during the Wild Card round against the Indians in Cleveland, and if his career stats at Petco Park are any indication, he might erupt there.
In 74 plate appearances over 19 career games at Petco, Stanton is hitting a ridiculous .323/.432/.758 with eight homers.
If the above numbers seem nuts, they are -- that .758 slugging percentage is the highest Stanton has put up at any ballpark.
There is some randomness involved when breaking down stats like this, but the sample size for Stanton in San Diego is relatively big. And it's quite clear that he is incredibly comfortable hitting in San Diego.
Home runs might not be hard to come by
Stanton could be the likeliest player to go off, but the ALDS could turn into a home run derby all around him.
Petco Park's dimensions aren't as cavernous as they used to be, and the park played small this season, with an average of 1.17 home runs hit there per game -- good for eighth-most in baseball. At Yankee Stadium, there were 1.56 homers hit per game this season (third in MLB), while just 0.82 homers were hit per game this season at Tropicana Field (23rd).
The above could be an advantage for the Yanks, who are far more reliant on power than the Rays.
Cole could be in control
Gerrit Cole dominates mostly everywhere, but his career stats at Petco are among the best he's put up in any ballpark.
Cole has a career 1.46 ERA and 1.09 WHIP with 26 strikeouts in 24.2 IP during his career pitching in San Diego.
Of course, a lot of that has to do with Cole facing the pre-2020 version of the San Diego Padres that lacked much punch.
But as is the case with fellow California native Stanton, Cole seemingly feels very at home at Petco Park.