Seattle Mariners Season In Review: Away From Safeco

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The Los Angeles Dodgers were the road warriors of Major League Baseball in 2014. Their record of 49-32 away from Chavez Ravine was the most by a team since the Philadelphia Phillies won 50 road games in 2011.

The Kansas City Royals – a team that looks destined to make it to the World Series – had the best road record in the American League at 47-34. The last time the Royals won that many games on the road? The Royals won 48 games on the road in 1980.

I bring this up to illustrate the point that the team with the 3rd-most road wins in the 2014 season, was the Seattle Mariners. Tied with the Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Angels with a record of 46-35.

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Of course, the Dodgers, Royals, Orioles and Angels all made the playoffs. The Mariners lackluster home record played a part in keeping them out this year. Or you could say that their stellar play on the road, kept them in the hunt longer than many thought possible.

The last time the Seattle Mariners won 46 or more road games in a season was in 2001, when they won a major league-tying 116 games overall, including 59 wins on the road.

For this, our final segment in our season review, let’s take a look at some of the road numbers of the 2014 Seattle Mariners.

As a team, the Mariners batted .249 away from Safeco. The 9th best AL road average and 12th in the Majors.

The M’s scored 353 runs on the road, tied with the A’s for the 4th-most in the AL.

Mariners pitchers allowed 298 runs on the road, the 3rd-fewest in the AL behind Oakland (290) and Kansas City (282). So of course, the staff ERA (3.43) was the third-lowest behind the A’s (3.28) and Royals (3.10).

Now let’s take a look at some of the individual stats that stand out.

Robinson Cano led the team with a .320 average away from Safeco. Logan Morrison was second at .294 and Michael Saunders was third at .288.

Chris Denorfia had the lowest average on the road (.189) among Mariners who has at least 50 road at-bats. Austin Jackson (.203), Corey Hart and Zunino (each at .206) were just ahead of him.

Danny Farquhar led all Mariners with a minimum of 25 road innings pitched, with an ERA of 1.47. Joe Beimel was 2nd at 1.50. Carson Smith had an ERA of 0.00 but pitched only four innings.

Mike Zunino led all Mariners on the road with 12 homers. Kyle Seager had nine, Dustin Ackley and Brad Miller each had six.

If the Mariners hope to claim a playoff spot in 2015, they will need to come close to reproducing these numbers on the road and hopefully win some more at home. If they can finish with around 45 road wins again, they will put themselves in a strong position to win the division next year.