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.
- San Francisco
- April 19, 2014 - 8:40 PM
- Art Aronson
- Offered at:
- 5dimes @ -125 San Francisco
This is a 1* Free Play on the San Francisco Giants.
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The Giants fell to the Padres last night in a close 2-1 pitchers duel. I think San Fran is the better team here and finds a way to bounce back and get a win on the road. San Francisco sends veteran Tim Hudson (2-0, 2.35 ERA) to the hill looking to bounce back from a recent rough start. The righty has been pitching very well this season but just gave up four runs in 7 1/3 innings in a no decision against the Rockies in his last outing. Hudson has been downright dominant in 12 career starts versus the Padres though, boasting a 6-1 record with a stingy 2.35 life time ERA. The home side will send Eric Stults (0-2, 5.52) to counter. Stults has struggled to start the year and I think the southpaw will continue to slide, he has a very pedestrian 5.21 ERA versus the Giant in 15 careers starts. Even more telling here is San Francisco’s collective .301 batting average versus him. Hunter Pence has gone 6 for 17 with two homers and a double off him. Crawford also has a pair of homers off Stults, and Pablo Sandoval is 12 for 22 with three doubles and a triple lifetime against him. The Giants sat two of their best hitters in Michael Morse and Buster Posey in yesterday’s lost. I think they jump in rested and ready to help the team score enough runs here to back Tim Hudson. Consider laying the price.