Today’s Tilt Against Red Sox

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Upcoming Probable Starting Pitchers:

 

Day

Date

Time (PT)

Opponent

Mariners

Opponent

Sunday

8/24

10:35 am

@BOS

RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (12-6, 2.57)

RHP Allen Webster (3-1, 4.73)

Monday

8/25

7:10 pm

TEX

LHP Roenis Elias (9-10, 4.09)

RHP Miles Mikolas (1-5, 7.48)

Tuesday

8/26

7:10 pm

TEX

LHP James Paxton (3-1, 2.20)

RHP Nick Martinez (3-9, 5.13)

Wednesday

8/27

12:40 pm

TEX

RHP Felix Hernandez (13-4, 2.07)

RHP Colby Lewis (8-11, 5.54)

Thursday

8/28

Off Day

     

Today’s Game Notes :

TODAY’S TILT…the Mariners conclude a 3-city, 9-game road trip with the third (2-0) of three games here in Boston…are 5-3 on this trip that began in Detroit (2-1) and continued in Philadelphia (1-2)…return home tomorrow to begin a six-game homestand vs. Texas (Mon-Wed) and Washington (Fri-Sun)…were 8-1 on last homestand…today’s game will be televised on ROOT SPORTS in HD in the Northwest and broadcast live on ESPN 710 Seattle & the Mariners Radio Network.

DID YOU KNOW?…that Hisashi Iwakuma has a chance to become just the fifth pitcher (6th time) in MLB history to finish the season with as many wins as walks?…Iwakuma enters play today with 12 wins and 12 walks this season…among pitchers who qualified for the ERA title, only five have had as many (or more) wins than walks: Christy Mathewson (1913 & 1914), Slim Sallee (1919), Bret Saberhagen (1994) and Carlos Silva (2005).

ODDS AND ENDS…won 2 straight and are 5-3 in last 8 games; have won 9 of last 12 and are 15-6 over last 21 games and 19-14 since the All-Star break…also 16-7 over last 23 games…14-23 in one-run games and 3-6 in extra innings…34-32 at Safeco Field (20-12 since 6/15) and 36-26 on the road.

  •          Record Streak – Felix Hernandez recorded a MLB record 16 consecutive starts allowing 2 or fewer runs in 7.0 or more innings May-Aug.…old record was 13 by Tom Seaver in 1971.
  •          Dominating – Felix Hernandez is 1st in the AL in ERA (2.07), 4th in strikeouts (204), T5th in wins (13), 1st in quality starts (23), 2nd in innings pitched (191.0) and 1st in WHIP (0.88).
  •          Save It – Fernando Rodney is 2nd in the AL with 37 saves (37-for-40 in save opps).
  •          Hit Parade – Robinson Cano is 2nd in the AL in batting average (.328) and 3rd in hits (155).
  •          Mix and Match – Mariners have used 116 different starting lineups (batting) this season.
  •          Looking for the Slam – Mariners and the Dodgers are the only teams without a grand slam…Mariners are batting .289 (22×76) with 5 bases-clearing hits this season with the bases loaded.
  •          Backstop HR – Mike Zunino is 3rd in MLB amongst catchers with 18 home runs (leads all AL catchers)…the club record for HR by a catcher is 19 by Miguel Olivo in 2011.

SWEEPLESS IN BOSTON…the Mariners have never swept a 3- or 4-game series in Fenway Park…this is the 63rd series all time here, and just the 6th chance Seattle has had to sweep a series of at least 3 games (after winning 1st two games)…have swept three, 2-game series here in club history.

HE’S GOING STREAKING (AGAIN)Hisashi Iwakuma has a current streak of 17.2 consecutive scoreless innings heading into today’s start vs. the Red Sox (dates back to 4th inning in start 8/8 vs. CWS)…Iwakuma has already recorded three separate scoreless streaks of at least 20.0 innings in his MLB career: July 1-12, 2014 (20.0 IP), Sept. 13, 2013-May 3, 2014 (25.0 IP) and May 26-June 10, 2013 (23.2 IP), all over the last two seasons…he is first pitcher since Joe Nathan in 2004-05 to have three 20.0+ scoreless innings streaks over a two-season span, and the first starter since Dwight Gooden in 1984-85 (4 steaks of 20.0+ scoreless innings).

PENNED IN…the Mariners bullpen has combined to toss 8.2 innings of shutout ball over the past two games…combined, the seven relievers that have appeared in this series are 2-0, 0.00 with 1 save (8.2 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 13 SO)…the ‘pen has limited Boston hitters to a .074 average (2-for-27), including 2-for-17 yesterday…overall, the pen is working on a string of 12.2 consecutive scoreless innings (Aug. 20-currrent).

TRIPPIN’….Seattle is 5-3 heading into today’s game, the final game of this 3-city (DET, PHI, BOS) trip…are hitting .257 (71×276) with 13 doubles, 2 triples, 4 home runs and 38 runs scored (4.75 rpg)…pitching staff has pitched to a 2.61 ERA (20 ER in 69.0 IP) and is 2-for-2 in save opps.

HIGH-WATER MARK…the Mariners are 70-58 (.547) reaching the high-water mark for the season at 12 games over .500…have not been 12 or more games over .500 since finishing the 2007 season 88-74.

ONE AND DONE…the Mariners have scored in just two (of 18) innings this series, but are 2-0…scored 5 in the 9th on Fridayto win 5-3 and 7 in the 4th on Saturday to win 7-3…also won back-to-back games while scoring in just two innings June 8-9 this year (scored 5 in 9th on 6/8 to win 5-0 at TB, and scored 3 in 3rd on 6/9 to win 3-0 at TB)…Seattle has never won three games in a row in this fashion.

LATELY…the Mariners are 14-5 over their last 19 games (8/2-current), going from 3 games over .500 (56-53) to a season-high 12 games over (70-58)…during this stretch the club is batting .265 (166×627) with 47 extra-base hits (2B-26, 3B-4, HR-17) and averaging 5.05 runs per game (outscored opponent 96-44)…pitching staff has a 2.14 ERA (40 ER, 168.0 IP) and .215 opponent batting average during this span.

3 (OR 4) IS THE MAGIC NUMBER…when scoring 3 or more runs, the Mariners are 64-18 (.780)…when scoring 4 or more runs, the Mariners are 53-10 (.841)…including yesterday, Seattle has won 17 straight when scoring 4 or more runs, and 21 of its last 22…since June 1, Seattle is 32-2 when scoring 4+ runs…on the flip side, the Mariners have scored 2 or fewer runs in 46 of 128 games (6-40).

LO-MO A GO-GOLogan Morrison is batting .324 (24×74) with 5 doubles, a homer and 9 RBI in his last 21 games (July 29-current)…he’s had at least one hit in 20 of the 21 games, including last 7 straight…Seattle is 15-6 during the same stretch, including 6-1 when Lo-Mo drives in a run.

AN AUGUST PERFORMANCE…Seattle is averaging 4.85 runs per game since the trade deadline…that’s 3rd in MLB this month…were averaging 3.83 runs per game over the first four months of the season.

BY THE NUMBERS

.344, .500 – Dustin Ackley is a career .344 hitter (31×90) vs. Boston, including .500 (10×20) with 2 homers this season.

.700 – Seattle is 14-6 (.700) with Austin Jackson batting leadoff.

3 – Endy Chavez walked 3 times Friday, his first career 3-walk game…Friday was career game #1,131 for Endy.

4.000 – Kendrys Morales is 2-for-2 with 2 home runs & 3 RBI vs. Allen Webster, a 4.000 slugging percentage.

10 – Robinson Cano has 10 steals this season, a career high.

53 – Dustin Ackley hit a 3-run homer yesterday, giving him 53 RBI this season; that’s a career high (prev: 50 in 2012).

71 – A win today would give Seattle 71 wins this season, matching their 2013 total.

THIS DAY IN MARINERS HISTORY (August 24):

  •           1976 – “Mariners” was selected as the team’s nickname after a contest which attracted more than 15,000 entries.  The nickname was entered by Roger Szmodis of Bellevue, WA.
  •           1995 – Trailing California by 11.5 games in the standings and behind in the game vs. New York by a run with two-out in the ninth the Mariners rally. Vince Coleman steals two bases in the inning and scores the tying run on Joey Cora’s line drive single off Tony Fernandez’ glove. Ken Griffey Jr. hit John Wetteland’s next pitch into the second deck for the most exciting win of the 1995 season to date.
  •           2001 – Norm Charlton picks up the save vs. Cleveland, his first since Sept. 15, 1998 with Atlanta.
  •           2011– Mariners complete a series win (3-1) over the Cleveland Indians with a 9-2 win at Progressive Field. Kyle Seager went 4-for-4 and reached base in all 5 plate appearances for his third straight 3-hit game (ties club record, 11th time). Also tied a club record with 3 doubles (24th time), only the third time accomplished by a Mariners rookie. Wily Mo Pena also reached base 5 times (3×3, HBP, BB) and fell a triple short of the cycle. Felix Hernandez earned his 12th win and passed 200.0 innings for the 4th consecutive season.
  •           2012 – The Mariners scored 6 runs in the top of the 9th inning to erase a 7-2 deficit and take a 8-7 lead at Chicago (AL), but suffered a walk-off loss in the bottom of the 9th inning. Paul Konerko hit a double when Eric Thames and Michael Saunders collided in right-center field. The loss snapped a season-high 8-game winning streak.

TOMORROW IN MARINERS HISTORY (August 25):

  •           1979 – Willie Horton connected for his ninth career grand slam and a solo homer, powering the Mariners to an 8-4 win over Detroit.
  •           1980 – Danny Meyer hits an inside-the-park HR in the Kingdome vs. Baltimore.
  •           1990 – Edgar Martinez steals home on a double steal with Griffey Jr. at Kansas City. It’s Edgar’s only SB of the year.
  •           1996 – Edgar Martinez collected his 1,000th career hit and Alex Rodriguez and Ken Griffey Jr. hit back-to-back HRs to break the M.L. record for most times hitting consecutive HR in a season by a team. The HR for Jr. was #40 on the year.
  •           2000 – Rickey Henderson collects his 2,900th hit.
  •           2001 – Arthur Rhodes is ejected before facing a batter in a game vs. Cleveland.  Omar Vizquel protested to home plate umpire Tim McClelland that Rhodes’ earrings had to come off, which caused a melee in the infield.
  •           2009 – Ryan Langerhans hits his 2nd walk-off home run this season, becoming the 12th Mariner with at least 2 walk-off HR in one season… is the M’s 11th walk-off win of the season, just 1 short of the club record.
  •           2010 – Felix Hernandez becomes the third youngest pitcher to reach 1,000 strikeouts.  He struck out David Ortiz of the Boston Red sox in the bottom of the 6th inning.

 

 

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