But don't tell that to the Arkansas pitching staff. The Razorback pitchers know what awaits in Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The wind will likely be blowing out and it's only 365 in the power alleys.
Many an Arkansas pitcher has seen their ERA jump in what Alabama fans affectionately call "The Joe."
And they kinda know what has happened to most Arkansas teams in Tuscaloosa. The Hogs are 7-22 in Sewell-Thomas. They have won only two series, both 2-1 in 2005 and 1995. They have been swept five of their 10 trips to The Joe.
The best results for the Hogs have come of late when they are 4-8 in their last four trips. Oddly, the Hogs have done better in South Carolina than at Alabama.
It was at Carolina that the Hogs won three straight two weeks ago for the first sweep of the Gamecocks in beautiful Carolina Stadium since 1999 to lead that series in Columbia, 14-13. The Hogs have never swept at Alabama.
Junior pitcher Barrett Astin, first up for the Hogs on Thursday in Tuscaloosa, didn't know all of that history. He's only been to Tuscaloosa once, his freshman season. He does recall that Bama took two of three.
"What I remember is that we were young and that was our second SEC series of the year," he said. "I know it's a tough place and a different environment. They have good fans and they get on you.
"What I will say is that we are going down there to try to take two of three or sweep. It's the same as every weekend."
Pitching coach Dave Jorn called Sewell-Thomas "a good hitter's park." It is set up for the prevailing wind to help the hitter.
However, Jorn is more concerned with Alabama's personnel than the park. The approach for pitchers (and hitters) doesn't change much from park to park.
"We are still working through the scouting report," Jorn said. "But I know they have good team speed, pretty aggressive early in the count and sit on the fast ball, then try to make two-strike adjustments."
Astin is a strike thrower with multiple pitches. That has served him well in his move from the bullpen to the starting rotation.
"Really, you need two (pitches)," Jorn said. "Something hard and then something soft. You do that, you can pitch. Barrett has always had that. But he's got four. I really wouldn't think having four is the reason (he's back in the starting rotation). We have always thought he could start."
The Hogs have only won twice in the 10 series openers at Tuscaloosa. The last time was with Nick Schmidt on the mound to start the 2005 trip. But it was Charley Boyce who got the win, out of the bullpen in a 5-4 Arkansas victory. Interestingly, Boyce was the starter on Sunday when the Hogs won again for that last series win in Tuscaloosa.
"I think we look forward to going down there as a team," Astin said. "We know in the past they have put it on us. We look forward to the challenge."
Closer Colby Suggs, who got two saves last weekend against Mississippi State, didn't recall the result on the Hogs' last trip to Tuscaloosa. But he has a firm grasp now.
"Anytime you go into enemy territory, it's a challenge," Suggs said. "Obviously, this is big, but every series is big. It's a great challenge since we are 7-22 there. That's a pretty decent record for them. We want to go try to change that."
Game time Thursday is 7 p.m. The first game of the series will be on ESPNU. The series continues with a 6:30 p.m. game Friday. The finale is at 1:05 p.m. Saturday.