Mariners Game Information – August 3 at Baltimore

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Aug 3,2014(ISN) – Upcoming Probable Starting Pitchers:

 

Day

Date

Time (PT)

Opponent

Mariners

Opponent

Sunday

8/3

10:35 am

@BAL

RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (9-5, 3.06)

RHP Chris Tillman (7-5, 3.97)

Monday

8/4

Off Day

     

Tuesday

8/4

7:10 pm

ATL

RHP Felix Hernandez (11-3, 2.01)

LHP Alex Wood (7-8, 3.30)

Wednesday

8/5

12:40 pm

ATL

RHP Chris Young (9-6, 3.19)

RHP Julio Teheran (10-7, 2.69)

Thursday

8/7

7:10 pm

CWS

LHP Roenis Elias (8-9, 4.19)

RHP Scott Carroll (4-6, 4.36)

Friday

8/8

7:10 pm

CWS

LHP James Paxton (2-0, 2.76)

LHP Jose Quintana (6-7, +today)

Saturday

8/9

6:10 pm

CWS

RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (9-5, +today)

RHP Hector Noesi (5-8, +Monday)

Sunday

8/10

1:10 pm

CWS

RHP Felix Hernandez (11-3, +Tuesday)

LHP John Danks (9-6, +Tuesday)

Today’s Game Notes 

TODAY’S TILT…the Mariners conclude a 6-game, 2-city road trip today with the rubber game of a three-game series vs. the Orioles at Camden Yards (1-1)…won 2 of 3 vs. the Indians to open this road trip…return to Seattle after today’s game, are off Monday and open a 2-game Interleague series vs. the Braves on Tuesday…host the Braves (2 G), White Sox (4 G) and the Blue Jays (3 G) in a 9-game homestand…today’s game will be televised on ROOT SPORTS in HD & broadcast live on 710 ESPN Seattle & Mariners Radio Network.

DID YOU KNOW?…that three current Mariners rank in the top 10 in batting average in the American League since July 1?…Dustin Ackley (2nd, .372/35×94), Robinson Cano (5th, .359/37×103) andAustin Jackson (9th, .345/40×116) have ranked amongst the hottest hitters in the AL since July 1…here is a look at the top 10 hitters in the American League since July 1:

 

Player

Team

AVG

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

IBB

SO

OBP

SLG

1

Jose Abreu

CWS

.381

27

105

14

40

11

0

6

20

13

6

23

.455

.657

2

Dustin Ackley

Sea

.372

26

94

12

35

10

0

2

10

3

0

17

.392

.543

3

Adam Eaton

CWS

.367

26

109

16

40

9

1

0

10

10

0

15

.425

.468

4

Ben Zobrist

TB

.365

25

96

16

35

7

0

3

14

15

0

9

.442

.531

5

Robinson Cano

Sea

.359

26

103

10

37

8

1

2

14

12

3

11

.436

.515

6

Torii Hunter

Det

.355

26

93

17

33

5

1

6

24

8

0

12

.413

.624

7

Melky Cabrera

Tor

.351

28

111

18

39

8

1

3

17

12

1

9

.415

.523

 

Sam Fuld

Min-Oak

.351

25

74

8

26

2

0

1

10

17

1

10

.467

.419

9

Austin Jackson

Det-Sea

.345

28

116

20

40

10

2

1

11

8

0

26

.394

.491

10

Michael Brantley

Cle

.342

28

114

18

39

9

1

3

15

9

1

8

.384

.518

ODDS AND ENDS…beat the Orioles 6-3 last night to even the series 1-1…are 3-2 so far during this road trip…4-7 over last 11 games and 6-9 since the All-Star break…are 8-13 over the last 21 games after going 15-6 from June 15-July 7…14-20 in one-run games and 3-5 in extra innings.

  •         The Big 3 – The Mariners top 3 starters (Felix, Iwakuma, Young) have combined to go 29-14 with a 2.68 ERA (123 ER, 412.2 IP) in 62 G/61 GS…lowest ERA by a starting trio in the American League.
  •         Run Differential – Mariners have the 3rd-best run differential (+55, 421-366) in the American League.
  •         Dominating – Felix Hernandez is 1st in the AL in ERA (2.01), 2nd in strikeouts (178), T7th in wins (11), 1st in quality starts (21), 2nd in innings pitched (165.1) and 1st in WHIP (0.889).
  •         Hits Leader – Robinson Cano is 2nd in the AL in batting average (.330) and 3rd in hits (135).
  •         Maurer Power – Brandon Maurer has allowed 1 run in games in relief (0.50 ERA, 18.0 IP, 22 K).
  •         Mix and Match – Mariners have used 100 different starting lineups (batting) this season.
  •         Looking for the Slam – Mariners and the Dodgers are the only teams without a grand slam.
  •         The Zunino Ratio – Mike Zunino has more extra-base hits (34, HR-17, 2B-16, 3B-1) than singles (31).

KUMA’S ROAD WINNING STREAKHisashi Iwakuma is 5-0 with a 3.09 on the road this season, and is 9-0 with a 2.17 ERA (23 ER, 95.1 IP) over his last 14 road starts dating back to July 20, 2013…the 9-game road winning streak is tied for the 2nd-longest in club history, trailing a 10-game road winning streak by Freddy Garcia (18 GS, 4/16/00-7/6/11) and tied with a 9-game winning streak by Jamie Moyer (10 GS, 7/25/99-7/19/00).

NO FREE PASSESHisashi Iwakuma leads the Majors with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 10.44 (94 K, 9 BB) and a walk rate of 0.69 BB/9.0 IP (9 BB, 117.2 IP)…walked only 3 batters over last 9 starts.

RUBBER-GAME RECORD…the Mariners are 5-6 in rubber games this season (game to decide outcome of a 3-game series)…have won 5 of last 8 rubber games, with the last coming in a series win at Cleveland to open this road trip…Mariners are overall 16-15-5 in series this season.

TOP OF THE ORDERAustin Jackson (2×4, 2 R, BB) and Dustin Ackley (3×5, 3 R, 2B, HR, RBI) combined to go 5-for-9 with 5 runs scored and reached base safely 6 times  in last night’s 6-3 win.

MAKING THE MOST OF HIS HOMERSRobinson Cano hit his 8th home run of the season last night, a 3-run go-ahead blast to right field…all 8 of his home runs have come with runners on base, connecting on four 3-run homers and four 2-run home runs, driving in a combined 20 runs with the 8 home runs.

THE HOT CORNERKyle Seager ranks 2nd among American League third baseman with 9 defensive runs saved (Josh Donaldson – 16)…also has the 2nd-highest UZR at .844 tailing only Donaldson (.850)…Seager has made 8 errors this season, but only 1 over his last 57 games (142 total chances).

ACK ATTACKDustin Ackley is batting .403 (25×62) with 10 runs scored, 8 doubles, 2 home runs and 8 RBI in 15 games since the All-Star break…among American League leaders since the break ranks T5th in batting average and tied for 1st in doubles…overall is tied for the team lead with eight 3-hit games (with Cano), with 6 of those coming since July 1 (.372/35×94, 10 2B since 7/1).

2 OR LESS ALLOWED…the pitching staff has allowed 2 or fewer runs in a Major League leading 47 games this season…next closest AL team is Oakland with 43…Mariners are 36-11 when allowing 2 or fewer runs in a game, with the 11 defeats tied with San Francisco and Kansas City for the most.

HISTORIC PITCHING…the Mariners pitching staff leads the Majors with a 3.06 ERA (335 ER, 984.0 IP)…current mark is on pace to shatter the current club record of 3.54 set in 2001…the last American League team to finish a season with a sub 3.10 ERA was the 1989 World Series Champion Oakland A’s.

3 (OR 4) IS THE MAGIC NUMBER…when scoring 3 or more runs, the Mariners are 52-17 (.754), the 4th-best winning percentage in the Majors when scoring 3+…when scoring 4 or more runs, the Mariners are 41-10 (.804)…on the flip side, the Mariners are 14th in the American League averaging 3.83 runs per game…scored 2 or fewer runs in 41 of 110 games (5-36).

CLOSE CALLS…since the All-Star break 9 of the Mariners 14 games have been decided by one run (3-6 in those games) and 4 have gone into extra innings (1-3)…Seattle leads the American League in games decided by 2 runs or less with 61 (28-33).

HOMER FOR THE WIN…when the Mariners hit at least one home run the club is 37-16, compared to a 20-37 when not clearing the outfield fences…when recording a multi-homer game the Mariners are 22-5.

30 SAVESFernando Rodney recorded his 30th save Thursday night and is tied for the American League lead with Greg Holland…is the 8th pitcher in club history to record a 30-save season (13th time)…Rodney’s 30th save came in the team’s 108th game, making him the 3rd-fastest in club history to reach 30 saves (Kaz Sasaki-90 G & J.J. Putz-102 G).

Z’S HOMERSMike Zunino leads the team with 17 home runs, including 10 over his last 31 games played (since June 20)…among American League players since June 20, only Jose Abreu (11) and Carlos Santana (11) have as many home runs as Zunino.

BY THE NUMBERS

.403

Dustin Ackley is batting .403 (25×62) with 8 doubles, 2 home runs, 8 RBI and 1.042 OPS in 15 games since the break.

.440

Robinson Cano is 11-for-25 (.440) with a 2B and 2 HR off Chris Tillman.

.585

Mariners road winning percentage (31-22), 2nd-best in the American League.

10

Robinson Cano leads the team with 10 GWRBI, tied for 4th-most in the AL.

24

Mariners have 24 come-from-behind wins, 3 short of season total from 2013.

MARINERS AND ORIOLES CONNECTIONS… here are some connections between the Mariners and Orioles:

  •         Former Orioles – OF Endy Chavez played 64 games for the Orioles in 2012…1B Coach Andy Van Slyke played 17 games for the Orioles in 1995, the final season of his 13-season Major League career.
  •         Former Mariners – Orioles OF Adam Jones and RHP Chris Tillman were both selected by the Mariners and came up through Seattle’s farm system.
  •         Jim Presley – Orioles hitting coach Jim Presley played for the Mariners from 1984-1989, appearing in 799 games…he was the Mariners representative in the 1986 All-Star Game.
  •         Former Teammates – DH Corey Hart and Orioles SS J.J. Hardy were teammates with the Brewers from 2005-2009…Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik drafted Hart when he was the scouting director of the Brewers.
  •         Lake Washington Product – Orioles catcher Nick Hundley attended Lake Washington High School in the Seattle suburb of Kirkland (also Eastside Catholic High School)…his father, Tim, was the University of Washington Defensive Coordinator from 1999-2003.
  •         SEC Connection – Mariners catcher Mike Zunino (Florida) and Orioles RHP Kevin Gausman (LSU) were First-Team All-Southeastern Conference Selections in 2012.
  •         Other Connections – Orioles bullpen catcher Rudy Arias was originally selected by the Mariners in the first round (June secondary phase) of the 1977 Draft…Orioles pitching coachDave Wallace was a Mariners Special Assistant to the GM from 2008-2009, and also served as the minor league pitching coordinator.

THIS DAY IN MARINERS HISTORY (August 3):

  •         1979 – The Mariners defeated Matt Keough and the Oakland A’s 1-0 on only three hits.  The loss was Keough’s 13th straight, and 17th in a row over two seasons. Floyd Bannister pitched the complete game shutout for the Mariners.
  •         1992 – Edgar Martinez is named A.L. Player of the Month for July after batting .388 with 3 HR and 12 RBI in 25 games. He took over the league lead in batting average on July 31 and never trailed after.
  •         1995 – Mike Blowers hits his fourth career grand slam and Andy Benes outpitches Angels’ new acquisition Jim Abbott for a 10-7 Mariner win.
  •         2011 – Charlie Furbush made his first start as a Mariner, allowing 2 hits and 1 run in 5.0 innings. He retired the first 13 batters he faced until giving up a double to Conor Jackson in the top of the 5th inning. The Mariners beat the A’s 7-4 to complete a 3-game sweep, their first at Safeco Field since June 2010 vs. the Reds.
  •         2012 – Mariners had their season-high 7-game winning streak snapped in a 6-3 loss at New York behind a CG effort by LHP CC Sabathia.

TOMORROW IN MARINERS HISTORY (August 4):

  •         1979 – Ruppert Jones hits a pop foul that stuck in a speaker above the first base dugout. It was ruled a strike.
  •         1980 – Maury Wills is named the second manager of the Seattle Mariners, replacing Darrell Johnson.
  •         1986 – Mike Moore earned his first ML save, throwing a perfect ninth inning (only relief appearance of 1986) as the Mariners topped Oakland, 9-8, at the Kingdome.
  •         1992 – Edgar Martinez is named the AL Player of the Month for July. He hit .388 with 22 runs scored, 3 homers and 12 RBI. Both his average and his runs scored numbers were AL highs.  Martinez is the third Mariner honored (Griffey Jr, April 1990 and Danny Meyer, June 1979).
  •         1994 – Rich Gossage earns the victory at California and becomes the third pitcher in M.L. history to appear in 1,000 career games. Only Hoyt Wilhelm (1,070 and Kent Tekulve (1,050) have appeared in more games.
  •         2001 – The Mariners improved to 80-30, stretching their club-record to 50 games over .500, with a 6-3 victory at Cleveland.
  •         2005 – Felix Hernandez makes his MLB debut at the age of 19 years, 118 days of age.
  •         2010 – Ichiro Suzuki tied the club record with 4 stolen bases in one game against the Texas Rangers.
  •         2012 – On the 7th anniversary of his Major League debut (228th career start) Felix Hernandez threw a 2-hit shutout in a Mariners 1-0 victory at Yankee Stadium. Felix threw 101 pitches (69 strikes) and became the first opposing pitchers since 1988 (Greg Swindell) to throw a 1-0 shutout in New York.

     

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