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.
- LA Angels
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The Angels avoided a sweep with a win over Oakland on Wednesday and they bring in a 4-2 road record in their three-game set at Detroit. They have won nine straight meetings against the Tigers and I expect that to continue with a big advantage in the starting pitching matchup. It is rare getting Jered Weaver as an underdog but when we do, we have to take advantage. He has not gotten off to a very good start this season but that only helps us here as he is coming off consecutive non-quality starts after opening the season with a quality outing against the Mariners. He has posted three straight quality starts against the Tigers and all of those have come in Detroit. The Tigers won yesterday against the Indians in their rain shortened series but after a 4-0 start to the season, they are just 3-5 over their last eight games. They send Drew Smyly to the hill tonight for his first start of the season and his first start since 2012. He was awesome last season out of the bullpen but his starting record has not been very good and he will be limited tonight as he has pitched only six innings the entire season. Only two of his last 12 starts have been quality performances and the Angels are hitting .284 on the road against left-handed pitching this season. Play (915) Los Angeles Angels