At 25-8, the Mariners have the best record on the road this season. No other team even compares, but the closest are San Francisco (21-13), Atlanta (21-13), Los Angeles (20-14), New York Yankees (22-12), and Minnesota (20-13).
Through 68 games, the Mariners have allowed 250 runs. Only one other team, the Los Angeles Dodgers (213) has allowed fewer. The Athletics (266), Phillies (268), Cubs (282), Giants (286), Diamondbacks (296) and Expos (297) are the only other teams under 300 for the season. Notice all of those are National League teams, all except Seattle and Oakland that is. By comparison, Texas has allowed a major league-high 433 runs. No team in the American League East or Central has fewer than 300.
Who says it's hard to hit here?:
Despite all you hear about cavernous Safeco Field, three everyday players on the Mariners are hitting above .300 at the friendly confines. Ichiro Suzuki is at .324 (45-139, 2HR, 9SB), Carlos Guillen is batting .317 (32-101, 1HR) and John Olerud is at .303 (33-109). All three of Olerud's homeruns this season have come at home. Bret Boone isn't far behind, batting .299 (40-134, 6HR, 22RBI, 3SB).
Bring on the Southpaws:
Seattle batters absolutely tear up left-handed pitching, with few exceptions. Only Bret Boone (21-92) and Mike Cameron (19-72) - both strangly right-handed hitters - have struggled. Most everyone else hasn't. Ichiro is batting .404 (42-104), Mark McLemore .429 (6-14), Ben Davis .345 (10-29), Dan Wilson .340 (18-53), Edgar Martinez .333 (20-60), Randy Winn .330 (29-88), Carlos Guillen .307 (23-75) and Jeff Cirillo .284 (19-67).
The Daily Show:
If there is ever a time not to play the Mariners, it's during day games. They are 17-1 this season during those games, and have a staff ERA of 2.40. Gil Meche (0.71 ERA in 12.2 IP), Shigetoshi Haswegawa (0.73 ERA in 12.1 IP) and Arthur Rhodes (1.00 ERA in 9 IP) have been nearly unhittable.
Opposing teams should fear Mariners starter Joel Pineiro when they play on turf. In two starts this season on the artificial surface, Pineiro has gone 1-0 with a 2.40 ERA, striking out 18 while walking 6.