Around the Horn: The Mariners & Safeco Field
The Mariners enter their series with the Rangers Friday night having lost six-straight.
The team conducted a closed-door meeting after Wednesday's 7-1 loss to the Angels, which was preceded by an embarrassing 12-0 setback the day before.
As has been its M.O. over the last half-decade, Seattle has been the beneficiary of great starting pitching, but its anemic lineup continues to be its achilles heel.
- Felix Hernandez is 5-3 with a 2.07 ERA
- Hisashi Iwakuma is 5-1 with a 2.37 ERA
- Joe Saunders is 3-4 with a 5.64 ERA
- Brandon Maurer is 2-6 with a 6.80 ERA
2012 Park Factor (Park Factor compares the rate of stats at home vs. the rate of stats on the road. A rate below 1.000 favors the pitcher. Higher than 1.000 favors the hitter).
- Runs: 0.687
- HR: 0.583
- H: 0.831
- 2B: 0.709
- 3B: 0.528
- BB: 1.002
Interesting facts about Safeco Field: Opened in 1999 for a cost of just over a half-billion dollars. Seattle-based Safeco insurance company paid just over $40 million for 20-year naming rights. A "retro-modern" stadium, it features a retractable roof and can seat almost 48,000. Just before the 2013 season started the Mariners moved the fences at Safeco closer to home plate so as to "level the playing field" for the hitters. One of the most unique features is an old-fashioned manually operated scoreboard located in left field.
Has home field been an advantage for the Mariners over the last five years?
- 2008: 61-101 overall. 35-46 at home. 26-55 on road.
- 2009: 85-77 overall. 48-33 at home. 37-44 on road.
- 2010: 61-101 overall. 35-46 at home. 26-55 on road.
- 2011: 67-95 overall. 39-45 at home. 28-50 on road.
- 2012: 75-87 overall. 40-41 at home. 35-46 on road.
(2013 as of writing: 20-27 overall. 11-9 at home. 9-18 on road)
The Mariners were in risk of being moved out of Seattle before Safeco was built. They've been a horrible team over the last five years and home field has been anything but an advantage for them.
Seattle hosts Texas over the weekend, before a short two-game set vs. San Diego on Monday/Tuesday.
The Mariners have already played the Rangers seven times this year and have gone 2-5, including 2-2 at home.
Seattle was 1-5 vs. the Friars in 2012, including 0-3 at Safeco.
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1* Minnesota (7:35 ET): Though only 4th in their own division (Central), I actually have the Wild rated as the top team in the Western Conference right now. After concluding a three-game trek though Western Canada w/ a 2-1 win over Edmonton on Sunday, I believe the team has been severely mispriced as they get set to hit the other end of the country
Ironically, Toronto also just concluded a three-game trip through Western Canada. Like the Wild, they beat Edmonton, but lost to Vancouver and Calgary. Unlike the Wild, the Leafs' trip started in Edmonton and worked its way West. Though 10-9-5 overall, Toronto still finds itself in last place in the division as the Atlantic is shaping up to be quite challenging this year. While they've been far better at home than on the road, the Leafs still don't deserve to be the ML favorites in this matchup. They are just 5-11 SU playing w/ three days rest by the way. They are 28th in goals allowed plus were shutout in Calgary last week. The goaltending they'll face here is far stiffer.
What I like about Minnesota is the fact they are 2nd in the league in goals allowed and first in save percentage. Paced by Devan Dubnyk (league leader at .948), the Wild have outscored opponents so far by 15 goals. Dubnyk already has four shutouts and his GAA is 1.63. It's a massive edge for him over Toronto's Frederik Andersen. The Wild have won all five meetings with the Maple Leafs the last three seasons, including a 3-2 home win back in October. Great value here on the better team. 1* Minnesota