2014 Seattle Mariners Mid-Season Report

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July 15,2014(ISN) – Probable Pitchers to Open 2nd Half:

 

 

Day

Date

Time

Opponent

Mariners

Angels

Friday

7/18

7:05 pm

@LAA

RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (8-4, 2.98)

RHP Jered Weaver (10-6, 3.45)

Saturday

7/19

6:05 pm

@LAA

RHP Felix Hernandez (11-2, 2.12)

RHP Garrett Richards (11-2, 2.55)

Sunday

7/20

12:35 pm

@LAA

RHP Chris Young (8-6, 3.15)

LHP Tyler Skaggs (5-5, 4.50)

*times listed are local to Seattle

Mid-Season Report Notes:

THE RECORD…the Mariners reached the All-Star break with a 51-44 (.537) record, the 5th-best winning percentage in the American League…are 3rd in the AL West, 8.0 games back of first-place Oakland and 6.5 back of second-place LAA…hold the second wild card spot 2.5 games up on Toronto and Kansas City…went 27-18 (.600) on the road, the 2nd-best road winning percentage in the AL (DET – 28-16/.636)…were 24-26 (.480) at Safeco Field…25 of 44 losses (56.8%) were by 2 or fewer runs…recorded a series record of 15-12-5, going 10-5-3 over final 18 series leading up to the break…recorded a trio of 5-game winning streaks: May 3-7, May 31-June 4 and June 20-24…season-high 8-game losing streak April 15-22…posted back-to-back winning months in May (16-14) and June (18-10).

American League Wild Card Standings

Team

W

L

Pct

GB

Los Angeles Angels

57

37

.606

6.5

Seattle Mariners

51

44

.537

Kansas City Royals

48

46

.511

2.5

Toronto Blue Jays

49

47

.510

2.5

Cleveland Indians

47

47

.500

3.5

New York Yankees

47

47

.500

3.5

FIRST-HALF IMPROVEMENT (AGAIN)…the Mariners are 51-44 (.537) at the break, the 5th-best winning percentage in the American League…marks an 8-win improvement from where the Mariners were last All-Star break (43-52/.453) and a 15-win improvement from 2012 (36-51/.414).

4 ALL-STARSFelix Hernandez (5th ASG), Robinson Cano (6th ASG), Fernando Rodney(2nd ASG) and Kyle Seager (1st ASG) are representing the Mariners in the 85th Midsummer Classic at Target Field in Minneapolis…marks the first time since 2003 that the Mariners have had at least four players selected to play in the All-Star game…also the first time since 2006 (Ichiro & Jose Lopez) to have a pair of position player All-Stars.

FELIX NAMED ALL-STAR STARTERFelix Hernandez was selected as the starting pitcher for the American League…is the second Mariners pitcher to start the All-Star game, joining Randy Johnson in 1995 and 1997 (first Venezuelan pitcher to start an All-Star game)…this is Felix’s 5th selection to the Midsummer Classic, having been named to the 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013 ASG…Felix is the 5th player in club history to be selected to at least 5 All-Star games, and just the second pitcher…joins Ken Griffey Jr. (10; 1990, ‘91, ‘92-MVP, ‘93, ‘94, ‘95, ‘96, ‘97, ‘98, ‘99), Ichiro (10; 2001, ‘02, ‘03, ‘04, ‘05, ‘06, ‘07-MVP, ‘08, ‘09, ‘10), Edgar Martinez (7; 1992, ‘95, ‘96, ‘97, 2000, ‘01, ‘03) and Randy Johnson (5; 1990, ‘93, ‘94, ‘95, ‘97).

CANO 5-TIME ALL-STAR STARTERRobinson Cano started his 5th straight All-Star game for the American League (6th overall selection)…Cano joins Hall of Famers Rod Carew (6 straight, 1970-75) & Roberto Alomar (5 straight, 1996-2000) as only second basemen in AL history to earn five straight fan elections.

PLAYING THE TOUGH GUYS TOUGH…Mariners are 25-14 (.641) against teams with a .500-or-better record (at the time they played) and 26-30 (.464) against teams that are below .500…Seattle is 15-10 (.600) against American League teams that are currently in playoff position: 7-6 vs. Oakland, 6-3 vs. Los Angeles & 2-1 vs. Detroit…have yet to play against Baltimore this season.

SINCE APRIL 23…since April 23, starting with Kyle Seager’s walk-off 3-run home run vs. Houston to snap a season-high 8-game losing streak, the Mariners are 44-31 (.587), the 3rd-best winning percentage in the Majors (and AL West) during this stretch, trailing only LAA (47-27/.635) and OAK (46-29/.613).

Best Record Since April 23 – MLB

 

Team

W

L

Pct

1

Los Angeles Angels

47

27

.635

2

Oakland Athletics

46

29

.613

3

Seattle Mariners

44

31

.587

4

Detroit Tigers

43

31

.581

5

Baltimore Orioles

43

32

.573

THE KING IS STREAKINGFelix Hernandez has recorded 11 consecutive starts where he has pitched at least 7.0 innings and allowed 2 or fewer runs, going 7-1, 1.48 ERA, 94 SO, 13 BB since May 18…the streak is the longest by an AL pitcher dating back to 1974 when Gaylord Perry had a 11-start streak for the Indians…dating back to 1914, it is the tied for the 3rd-longest streak in MLB history:

Name

Strk Start

End

Games

Tm

Tom Seaver

7/17/1971

9/16/1971

13

NYM

Mike Scott

5/17/1986

7/7/1986

12

HOU

Felix Hernandez

5/18/2014

Current

11

SEA

Gaylord Perry

4/23/1974

6/12/1974

11

CLE

Larry Dierker

8/3/1969

9/17/1969

11

HOU

Bob Gibson

6/6/1968

7/30/1968

11

STL

Jim Merritt

6/25/1967

8/13/1967

11

MIN

Pete Alexander

6/2/1919

8/14/1919

11

CHC

KING FELIXFelix Hernandez finished the first half 11-2 with an American League-leading 2.12 ERA…second straight season to lead the AL in ERA at the break (2.53 in 2013)…the 11 wins set a career-high before the All-Star break, besting his previous high of 10 in 2013…ranked amongst AL leaders in several pitching categories including ERA (1st), quality starts (1st, 18), WHIP (1st, .901), games started (T1st, 20), strikeouts (2nd, 154), innings pitched (2nd, 144.2) and wins (T3rd, 11).

 

AL ERA

Team

W

L

ERA

GS

CG

INN

H

R

ER

HR

BB

SO

AVG

1

Felix Hernandez

Sea

11

2

2.12

20

0

144.1

105

41

34

5

25

154

.201

2

Scott Kazmir

Oak

11

3

2.38

19

1

117.1

88

33

31

10

27

108

.206

3

Masahiro Tanaka

NYY

12

4

2.51

18

3

129.1

111

39

36

15

19

135

.231

4

Garrett Richards

LAA

11

2

2.55

19

0

123.1

88

35

35

4

43

127

.196

5

Mark Buehrle

Tor

10

6

2.64

19

0

126.1

129

41

37

9

32

73

.267

6

Jon Lester

Bos

9

7

2.65

19

0

129.0

118

50

38

8

29

134

.243

7

Sonny Gray

Oak

10

3

2.79

19

1

125.2

106

42

39

7

43

108

.227

8

Yu Darvish

Tex

8

5

2.97

17

1

115.1

101

42

38

9

39

142

.233

9

Hisashi Iwakuma

Sea

8

4

2.98

14

0

96.2

89

32

32

11

8

80

 

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