Today’s Tilt Against Washington

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Aug 31,2014(ISN) – Upcoming Probable Starting Pitchers:

 

Day

Date

Time (PT)

Opponent

Mariners

Opponent

Sunday

8/31

1:10 pm

WAS

RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (12-6, 2.83)

RHP Tanner Roark (12-8, 2.81)

Monday

9/1

1:05 pm

@OAK

RHP Chris Young (12-6, 3.17)

RHP Jason Hammel (1-5, 5.77)

Tuesday

9/2

7:05 pm

@OAK

LHP James Paxton (4-1, 1.83)

RHP Sonny Gray (13-7, 3.03)

Wednesday

9/3

12:35 pm

@OAK

RHP Felix Hernandez (13-5, 2.23)

LHP Jon Lester (13-9, 2.55)

Today’s Game Notes (also attached as PDF):

TODAY’S TILT…the Mariners conclude a 6-game homestand with the finale game of a three-game set vs. the Washington Nationals (0-2)…travel after today’s game to begin a 2-city, 7-game road trip with the Athletics (3 games) and Rangers (4 games)…today’s game will be televised on ROOT SPORTS in HD and broadcast live on ESPN 710 Seattle & the Mariners Radio Network.

WILD CARD STANDINGS…the Mariners enter play today 1.5 games back of the Tigers and Royals for the second American League Wild Card spot:

AL Wild Card

Tm

W

L

GB

OAK

78

57

+4.0

DET

74

61

KCR

74

61

SEA

72

62

1.5

NYY

70

64

3.5

CLE

70

64

3.5

TOR

68

67

6.0

TBR

66

70

8.5

DID YOU KNOW?…that when Dustin Ackley homered off Stephen Strasburg in the 8th inning last night it marked the first time since April 28, 2004 that the No. 2 overall pick homered off the No. 1 overall pick from the same draft?…Ben Grieve (Brewers) homered off of Paul Wilson (Reds), the top 2 picks in the 1994 draft…Strasburg (San Diego State) and Ackley (North Carolina) went No. 1 & No. 2 overall in the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft.

ODDS AND ENDS…dropped back-to-back games (now 3 straight) for the first time since a 4-game losing streak July 22-25…16-10 in the month of August…14-23 in one-run games & 3-6 in extra innings…35-36 at Safeco Field (20-16 since 6/15) & 37-26 on the road.

  •           Ack Attack – Dustin Ackley is batting .314 (49×156) with 18 extra-base hits since the All-Star break.
  •           Save It – Fernando Rodney is 2nd in the AL with 38 saves (38-for-41 in save opps).
  •           Hit Parade – Robinson Cano is 4th in the AL in batting average (.325) and 3rd in hits (160).
  •           Run Differential – Mariners have the 4th-best run differential (+94, 532-438) in MLB.
  •           The Big 3 – The Mariners top 3 starters (Felix, Iwakuma, Young) have combined to go 37-17 with a 2.69 ERA (149 ER, 497.2 IP) in 76 G/75 GS…lowest ERA by a starting trio in the American League.
  •           Mix and Match – Mariners have used 118 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 .286 (22×77) with 5 bases-clearing hits this season with the bases loaded.
  •           Backstop HR – Mike Zunino is 3rd in MLB amongst catchers with 19 home runs (leads all AL catchers)…tied the club record for HR by a catcher which was previously set by Miguel Olivo in 2011.
  •           Offensive – Seattle ranks 4th in the AL averaging 4.54 runs per game since the trade deadline.
  •           Gold Glover – Kyle Seager is T2nd among AL 3B with 9 defensive runs saved.
  •           RHP – Seattle is in G#9 of an 11-game stretch scheduled to face all right-handed starting pitchers.

IWAKUMA IN INTERLEAGUEHisashi Iwakuma has a current streak of 22.0 consecutive scoreless innings in Interleague play dating back to Sept. 13, 2013 at St. Louis…overall Iwakuma is 3-1 with a 3.05 ERA (15 ER, 44.1 IP) in 5 career Interleague starts.

CONTROL FREAKHisashi Iwakuma has walked only 13 batters in his 22 starts this season for a 0.78 BB/9.0 IP rate…trails Minnesota’s Phil Hughes by percentage points in walk rate and is 2nd with a 9.31 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE…LHP Joe Beimel reached a milestone yesterday as he officially crossed 10 years of Major League service…Beimel has appeared in 614 games (591 relief appearances) over 12 Major League seasons with the Pirates (2001-03, 2011), Twins (2004), Devil Rays (2005), Dodgers (2006-08), Nationals (2009), Rockies (2009-10) and Mariners (2014).

WAKE UP AND RAKERobinson Cano is batting .342 (53×155) with 11 doubles, 1 triple, 4 home runs and 23 RBI in 42 day games this season (3rd in AL).

PACK YOUR SUITCASE…following today’s game the Mariners will have 27 games to play in the 2014 regular season…18 of the 27 games will be played away from Safeco Field.

WINNING AUGUST…the Mariners are 16-10 this month with one game remaining in August…marks the second winning August in the last three seasons (15-12 in 2012, 12-16 in 2013) and the fifth winning August since 2001.

NOT THE NORM…the Mariners have allowed 33 hits and 23 runs (9 HR) in the last 3 games (all losses)…allowed 20 runs in previous 7 games from Aug. 19-26 (5-2 record)…team ERA has jumped from 2.92 to 3.02 over the last 3 games.

STOP THE STREAK…the Mariners have dropped 11 consecutive games vs. Washington, having never beaten the club since becoming the Nationals…the 11-game losing streak is the longest current streak by any team vs. an opponent…it is tied for the longest losing streak vs. an opponent in Interleague play matching an 11-game losing streak by the Pirates vs. the A’s (2002-2013) .

HE’S A HOMER…Kyle Seager is batting .325 (79×243) with 31 runs scored, 12 doubles, 1 triple, 16 home runs and 53 RBI in 69 games at Safeco Field…among AL leaders in home games is 1st in RBI, 2nd in HR and slugging percentage (.580), 3rd in OPS (.972) & and 5th in batting average…Seager’s 16 home runs are currently T7th-most all-time in a single season at Safeco Field and his slugging percentage is 2nd-best in a single season in Safeco history (min. 150 PA) trailing Ken Griffey Jr.’s .616 mark in 42 games in 1999.

3 (OR 4) IS THE MAGIC NUMBER…when scoring 3 or more runs, the Mariners are 66-20 (.767), the 3rd-best win pct in the Majors when scoring 3+ (WAS is 2nd at 73-21/.777)…when scoring 4 or more runs, the Mariners are 55-11 (.833)…Seattle has won 23 of its last 25 games when scoring 4+ runs…on the flip side, the Mariners have scored 2 or fewer runs in 48 of 134 games (6-42).

HISTORIC PITCHING…the Mariners pitching staff leads the Majors with a 3.02 ERA (405 ER, 1206.0 IP)…club is on pace to shatter the club record of 3.54 set in 2001…Mariners relief pitchers lead MLB with a 2.41 ERA and the starters lead the AL with a 3.33 ERA (4th in MLB).

SIMPLY SEAGER…Kyle Seager hit his 20th homer of the season Wednesday vs. Texas, a team high…he is the first Mariners player since Raul Ibañez (2005-2008) to record 20+ HR in at least 3 consecutive seasons and joins Ken Griffey Jr. and Jim Presley as the only Mariners players with 20+ HR in 3 of first 4 MLB seasons.

FLASHING THE LEATHER…the Mariners are 2nd in the American League with a .987 fielding percentage and have committed the fewest errors in the league (63 E, 5,075 TC).

BY THE NUMBERS

.309

Dustin Ackley has combined to bat .309 (105×340) with 9 HR in 92 games following the All-Star break over the last two seasons (.304 in 2013).

10

Home runs by Dustin Ackley this season, his second season with double-digits in HR (12 in 2012).

THIS DAY IN MARINERS HISTORY (August 31):

  •           1985 – Mike Moore tossed his 8th complete game and second shutout of the year a the Mariners blanked the Baltimore Orioles, 6-0, at Memorial Stadium. Gorman Thomas drove in four runs with a pair of homers, and scored three runs.
  •           1990 – Ken Griffey Jr. and Ken Griffey Sr. play in the same line-up for the first time against the Kansas City Royals. Sr. played left, batting second while Jr. was in CF batting third.  The Griffeys had back-to-back singles in the first inning and the Mariners went on to win 5-2.
  •           1992 – Edgar Martinez is 3×4 with a double, HR, 2 RBIs and scores three runs vs the Boston Red Sox. Martinez finishes the month of August hitting .395 with 16 doubles.
  •           1995 – Randy Johnson could not get loose in the pregame at Fenway Park and rookie Bob Wolcott made an emergency start to save the day as the Mariners won 11-2.
  •           1997 – The Mariners win their first game ever in a National League park, with a 3-1 win in 10 innings at Chavez Ravine against the Dodgers.  The win breaks an 0-7 interleague play start by Seattle.
  •           2011 – Mike Carp hit a 2-out, 2-run double to plate the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the 8th inning in a 2-1 win over the Angels. Felix Hernandez struck out 9 in a CG victory, passing 200 strikeouts for the 3rd straight season, and passing Jamie Moyer for 2nd place on the Mariners strikeout list. Carp tied the Mariner rookie record for RBI in a month with 25 (Danny Tartabull, July 1986).

TOMORROW IN MARINERS HISTORY (September 1):

  •           1984 – Rookie third baseman Jim Presley blasted a pair of home runs and Ken Phelps added another as the Mariners downed the Baltimore Orioles, 10-9, making Chuck Cottier a winner in his major league managerial debut.  Earlier in the day, Cottier replaced Del Crandall as manager. Cottier was named the Mariners interim skipper.
  •           1985 – Jack Perconte equaled Phil Bradley’s club mark with five hits in a game as the Mariners defeated Baltimore, 10-2, at Memorial Stadium. Perconte was 5-for-5, but failed to get a hit in his sixth at-bat in the ninth inning.
  •           1992 – Edgar Martinez is named A.L. Player of the month for the second consecutive month (July and August). In 27 August games Martinez hit .395 (45×114), with 22 runs, 16 doubles, three HRs, 19 RBI and a .443 on base percentage.
  •           1993 – Ken Griffey Jr. belts home run #40 of the season off former Mariners hurler Mike Moore to become the 10th youngest player all time to hit 40 in a season.              
  •           1996 – After having his bat confiscated by Baltimore manager Davey Johnson, Alex Rodriguez borrows a bat from Ken Griffey, Jr. and hits a three-run HR helping Seattle to a 5-1 win vs. the Orioles. Rodriguez average hits a season high .376. Bobby Bonilla’s bat had been confiscated earlier in the game by manager Lou Piniella. Both bats were later checked and cleared.
  •           1999 – The Mariners beat Baltimore 6-4 on the road, eclipsing the MLB record of 26 straight non-losing road series.
  •           2008 – Adrian Beltre goes 5-for-6 and hits for the cycle…becomes first player in club history with 5 hits and 5 runs in a game…4th player in club history to hit for the cycle.
  •           2011 – Ichiro records 2 hits to give him 2,400 in his Major League career (4-3 loss to LAA).

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