Offense hitting its stride on the road

Offense hitting its stride on the road

DETROIT -- Hitting-wise, the Mariners are a shockingly better team on the road so far this season. Following a three-game sweep of the Tigers, the Mariners has a team average of .272 in away games, but only a .195 average at Safeco Field.

"I don't know why," second baseman Dustin Ackley said. "Sometimes new scenery always helps. Sometimes you get in those bad grooves and it just kind of hurts. You need that kind of fresh start somewhere else to get it back going again. It could be the same for being on the road for a bad stretch and going back home."

The Mariners started a 10-game road trip in Detroit on Tuesday and in three games, put up a total of 37 hits and 21 runs. They entered the series after dropping four straight at home.

In six of their first nine road games, the Mariners tallied 10-plus hits. Manager Eric Wedge called it a fair question to ask why there's such a significant difference, but said it's too small of a sample size to make judgements.

"It's too early to even talk about it," Wedge said. "We've had one homestand and these kids have had a lot on their plates. You've got to take that into consideration. Let's get into the season a little bit."