Around the Horn: Tropicana Field
We continue our journey around the American League East. Last week we were at Camden Yards. This time we journey down South to invade St. Petersburg.
The Rays finished third in the division last season, behind the Yanks and Orioles
They were 10-16 overall in Spring Training 2012. As of writing, Tampa Bay is 10-4 in Spring Training 2013.
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: 0.874
- HR: 0.774
- H: 0.914
- 2B: 0.922
- 3B: 1.286
- BB: 1.004
Interesting Facts about Tropicana Field: It's a dome which has been the home of the Rays since their inaugural season in 1998. It was originally called the Florida Suncoast Dome, and then the ThunderDome. In 1996 Tropicana Products bought the building. The Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl has called it home since 2008. The Tampa Bay Lightning made the stadium its home for three seasons. Interestingly, it remains the only domed field in MLB which is not retractable. The Final Four was hosted in 2009 (Connecticut Huskies beat the Duke Blue Devils 77-74). It's one of the only venues to host all four major North American sports. In 2007 the team added a 35-foot, 10,000 gallon Cownose ray tank to the building, and it's in clear view of the play on the field. The dome has 70 luxury suites, and a total of 2,776 club seats. It is the only Major League park to feature an artificial surface and all-dirt base paths. The biggest criticism of the field are the four catwalks which hang from the ceiling. If a ball hits the A or B ring in fair territory, the ball is in play. If it touches the C or D ring in fair territory, it's considered a home run.
Has home field advantage been an advantage for the Rays over the last five years?
- 2008: 97-65 overall. 57-24 at home. 40-41 on road.
- 2009: 84-78 overall. 52-29 at home. 32-49 on road.
- 2010: 96-66 overall. 49-32 at home. 47-34 on road.
- 2011: 97-71 overall. 47-34 at home. 44-37 on road.
- 2012: 90-72 overall. 46-35 at home. 44-37 on road.
Tampa Bay has been competitive for years, and clearly home field has played a big role in its success over the past five seasons.
It's a battle of divisional opponents to open the year, as Baltimore is in town for a three-game set starting on April 2nd.
Tampa was 8-10 overall vs. Baltimore in 2012, including 5-4 at Tropicana Field.
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We won with Boston last night as it tagged Chris Sale for seven runs on 12 hits in just five innings which snapped a three-game skid and avoided the four-game sweep to the White Sox. The Red Sox are still two games under .500 at home and they send Eduardo Rodriguez to the hill who has been pretty inconsistent this season. He is coming off a quality outing against Detroit last time out but he still brings in a 5.35 ERA at home. Additionally, the Red Sox are 1-4 in his last five starts following a quality outing in his last start. The Rays have won 12 of their last 14 games against left-handed starters and turn the ball over to Erasmus Ramirez. He looks to bounce back from a poor outing against Baltimore which came after nine straight starts where he allowed two runs or less, eight of which he allowed just one run or no runs. The Rays have won his last six road starts and I expect that perfect run to continue here. Play (917) Tampa Bay Rays
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