Seattle Mariners Season Review: Safeco Field


For the longest time, it appeared that the Seattle Mariners were going to end the season with a losing record at home. But the final series at Safeco against the Angels pushed them to and over .500, finishing the season with a 41-40 record.

Let’s take a look today at some of the individual and team stats of note, for the Mariners at Safeco this season.

Here is the Mariners slash line at home: .238/.294/.370

Lowest home average and on base percentage in the American League. The M’s had the 12th-ranked home slugging percentage, just ahead of Kansas City, Texas and Tampa Bay. Here’s a look at some other team stats.

– Their 281 runs scored at home was the least of any AL club and only ahead of Atlanta and San Diego in all of the majors.

– Tied for last in the majors with Atlanta in doubles, with 105.

– Tied for 11th in the majors (8th in the AL) with the Los Angeles Angels with 113 home runs.

– The M’s 265 RBI at home was last in the AL and 29th in the majors, just ahead of San Diego.

Let’s take a look at some of the pitching numbers for the M’s at Safeco – a pitcher’s friendly park.

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– At 2.93, the Mariners had the lowest home ERA in the AL. It ranked 3rd in the majors behind Washington (2.87) and San Diego (2.56).

– The Mariners pitching staff was tied with San Diego for the lowest home batting average against in the bigs, at .219.

– The team WHIP at home was the lowest in the majors at 1.10.

Now let’s take a look at some of the more notable individual stats of the Mariners, at home.

Chris Taylor led all Mariners with a .328 average at home. Robinson Cano had the highest among regular starters at .308. Kyle Seager also hit .300.

– Seager had the highest slugging percentage at home (.523) good for 28th in the AL. Cano was 2nd (.470).

– In 10 games, Nick Franklin had the lowest batting average at home this year (.107). Overall, nine payers batted under the Mendoza Line at home this year: Corey Hart, Mike Zunino, John Buck, Brad Miller, Kendrys Morales, Stefen Romero, Justin Smoak, Abraham Almonte and Franklin. Humberto Qunitero had a .000 average, but was o-for-1. So I’m not counting that.

– Seager hit 16 homers at Safeco. Zunino hit 10.

Felix Hernandez was 10-3 at Safeco this season, with a 2.07 ERA to lead the M’s starters in both categories. Only Johnny Cueto of the Reds (13) and Max Scherzer of the Tigers (11) had more wins at home than Felix.

Dominic Leone had the lowest home ERA on the staff at 0.81 in 25 games. Stephen Pryor and Carson Smith each posted a 0.00 ERA but pitched in only 1.2 IP and 4.1 IP respectively.

Brandon Maurer had the highest ERA at Safeco (5.61), while Roenis Elias took the most losses (7).

If the Mariners are going to contend for the American League West title in 2015, they need to improve on their home numbers. Because a team can’t be expected to win on the road at the kind of clip the M’s did in 2014.

Next time, we’ll take a look at the road numbers.