The American League West teams will get more looks than anyone at the shorter fences this season at Safeco Field. Here's a look at how some of the key players on AL West teams have fared at Safeco.
AL West at Safeco
Hitters in the American League West might like the new look at Safeco Field this season. The Mariners have moved the fences in, as much as 17 feet in one spot in left-center field. A look at how some of the top hitters in the AL West have fared at Safeco:
Angels: The Mariners have had decent success against Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols at Safeco Field. Mike Trout, apparently, can hit anywhere.
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Rangers: Adrian Beltre’s struggles at Safeco Field are well documented — his .476 career slugging percentage and .807 OPS include figures of .411 and .715 at Safeco. New Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski has been around long enough he had six at-bats in the Kingdome.
Athletics: Safeco Field has been a struggle for Oakland sluggers Josh Reddick and Yoenis Cespedes. Coco Crisp, a .274 career hitter, hits .254 at Safeco.
Astros: Houston, which joins the AL West this season, doesn’t have many players with Safeco Field experience. Veteran first baseman Carlos Pena, signed by the Astros as a free agent, hits home runs and strikes out a lot wherever he plays, and Safeco is no different.