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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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