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.
- Arizona St.
- Matt Fargo
- February 14, 2016 - 8:30 PM
- Offered at:
- pinnacle @ -2.5 -101 Arizona St.
This is a 1* Free Play on Arizona St. in college basketball on Sunday
It has been a horrible season for UCLA as a loss at Arizona on Friday dropped the Bruins to 4-7 in the Pac 12 and 13-11 overall. They have dropped five of their last seven games including two straight on the road but both of those were against quality teams and Arizona St. simply is not. UCLA has not dropped three straight conference games since 2010 and if there is a must win game to save the season, this is the one. The problem is consistency which the Bruins have none of right now so a must win situation assures nothing. The Sun Devils defeated USC on Friday which was their second straight win following a 1-5 run. While that run was a bad one, three of those losses were by five points or less with another coming in overtime. Arizona will be out for payback after a seven-point loss at UCLA last month and it is important to note that the home team has won the last five meetings. The Sun Devils are 4-0 ATS in their last four home games against teams with a losing road record while the Bruins are 1-5 ATS in their last six games following an ATS win. Play (866) Arizona St. Sun Devils
Matt is coming off a POWERFUL 5-2 CBB Saturday, is now on a SOLID 39-23 (63%) NCAA Basketball run and carries it into Sunday! He has put up a PROFITABLE +$14,420 college hoops season and looks to continue the winning now! Going back, he is on a POTENT 94-69-1 College Basketball run and adds to it with a THREE Sunday Winners!