After going 3-4 in a seven-game road trip against the Oakland Athletics and Chicago White Sox, the Seattle Mariners are finally headed to Safeco Field for their home opener against the Houston Astros. This will be an exciting event for fans, as this will be the first time they get to see some of the new additions made to the stadium, like the new scoreboard or the smaller dimensions.
Fans will also get to see left-hander Joe Saunders make his home debut. “It’ll be a good atmosphere, it’ll be loud, which I like, so it should be a fun experience” Saunders told Mariners.com.
“I’ve pitched well [at Safeco Field] before, but that was against the Mariners. Pitching against different teams now is a little bit different, but I do like pitching there” Saunders said.
Saunders has had a good amount of success at Safeco in his career, posting a 6-0 record and an ERA of 2.13 in nine career starts. Hopefully Saunders will continue his success at Safeco against a team he has only faced two times in his career, allowing seven earned runs in 13 innings pitched against the Astros.
Saunders is looking to bust out of a cold streak that started in spring training and carried over to his first regular season start against Oakland, where he allowed four runs in four innings and blamed command issues on a “slippery ball”.
Hopefully facing a weak lineup like the Astros will be just what Saunders needs to bust out of his slump. The Mariners will go up against Phillip Humber, who is making his first start against the team since he threw his perfect game last April as a member of the White Sox.