Around the Horn: The Twins & Target Field
Last week we were in Cleveland. The next stop on our tour has us in the Twin Cities.
The Minnesota Twins saw their season-best five-game win streak come to an end in Tuesday's second contest of its double-header with the Marlins, an 8-5 setback in which I had the "over".
One player you'll want to keep your eyes on is Joe Mauer, as the five-time All-Star is hitting .444 with two home runs and eight RBIs over his last 11 games (that said, Mauer is hitting just .243 vs. his next opponent, going 5 for 30 over his last nine home games in this series).
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: 1.044
- HR: 1.031
- H: 1.030
- 2B: 0.989
- 3B: 1.905
- BB: 1.082
Interesting facts about Target Field: Is the Twins' sixth ballpark and third in Minnesota. After 28 seasons at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, the team relocated to Target Field in 2010. An open-air park with over 39,000 occupancy (cost just over a half-billion dollars to construct). Was designed with the purpose of being a "neutral" park as far as favoring neither the pitcher nor the hitter. Built with local limestone, it features heated viewing areas and a heated field. There is no roof, but the top deck is covered in a canopy. The original flagpole from Metropolitan Stadium is located on the right-field plaza. The bullpens are "double-decker" style in left-center field. Home plate is the same that was used at the Metrodome. It has been selected to host the 2014 All-Star Game.
Has home field been an advantage for the Twins since Target Field opened?
- 2010: 94-68 overall. 53-28 at home. 41-40 on road.
- 2011: 63-99 overall. 33-48 at home. 30-51 on road.
- 2012: 66-96 overall. 31-50 at home. 35-46 on road.
(2013 as of writing: 9-8 overall. 5-4 at home. 4-4 on road.
Obviously over the last two seasons, home field has been anything but an advantage for the Twins. They had the big year in 2010, but have soiled the sheets the last two seasons.
In all of my other articles I've taken a look back over the previous five seasons, so to be fair, let's see what Minnesota did in 2008 and 2009:
- 2008: 88-75 overall. 53-28 at home. 35-47 on road.
- 2009: 87-76 overall. 49-33 at home. 38-43 on road.
The Twins' talent level in all phases of the game has dropped considerably overall since 2010, so I think it's safe to say that the book is still out on whether or not Target Field is an advantage for the Twins.
The Twins open a four game series with the Rangers on Thursday the 25th.
Minnesota was 2-8 vs. the Rangers last season, including 0-3 at Target Field.
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- May 24, 2015 - 8:30 PM
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This is a 1* Free Play on the Atlanta Hawks.
The Hawks are 0-2 SU/ATS in this series, meaning Game 3 has become a do-or-die scenario for Atlanta. While the visitors will be without the services of shooting guard Kyle Korver, the home side is likely to once again be without the services of Kyrie Irving, and if he does play, he obviously won't even be close to 100%. Korver has been a huge disappointment in the postseason, Irving's issues will surely catch up to the Cavaliers and it's another situational factor that I think we can take advantage of here. And note, this is a spot in which Atlanta has excelled in all year, it's 9-3 ATS in revenging a home loss vs. an opponent, 11-4 ATS off an upset loss as a favorite, 7-2 ATS after a loss by ten points or more and 2-1 ATS when trailing in a playoff series. And note that this is a position in which the Cavs have in fact struggled in this season, just 3-4 ATS as home favorites in the 6.5 to nine points range. I think the No. 1 seed has some fight left in it, this does set up as a natural letdown spot for the home side and while I won't be so bold as to call for the outright upset, I do think the visitors have the potential to keep this one a lot closer than what the oddsmakers are leading us to believe. Consider a second look at ATLANTA in Game 3.
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