Mariners conclude 11-game road trip

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Sept 22,2014(ISN) – Upcoming Probable Starting Pitchers:

 

Day

Date

Time (PT)

Opponent

Mariners

Opponent

Monday

9/22

4:07 pm

@TOR

LHP James Paxton (6-3, 2.06)

LHP J.A. Happ (9-11, 4.35)

Tuesday

9/23

4:07 pm

@TOR

RHP Felix Hernandez (14-5, 2.07)

RHP R.A. Dickey (13-12, 3.82)

Wednesday

9/24

4:07 pm

@TOR

RHP Taijuan Walker (2-2, 3.00)

LHP Mark Buehrle (12-10, 3.53)

Thursday

9/25

1:07 pm

@TOR

RHP Chris Young (12-9, 3.65)

TBA

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

AS YOU KNOW…James Paxton is off to one of the best starts in Major League history…BUT DID YOU KNOW…that his 2.06 ERA is one of the best ever by a Mariners rookie (min. 65.0 IP)?…his 2.06 ERA ranks behind only Joel Pineiro (2.03 in 2001) and ahead of Ed Vande Berg (2.37 in 1982), Bob Stoddard (2.41 in 1982) and Felix Hernandez (2.67 in 2005)…Paxton’s 2.06 ERA is the 2nd-best by an American League (& 3rd-best in the Majors) rookie starter since 2000, trailing only Pittsburgh’s Zach Duke (1.81 in 2005) & Francisco Liriano (1.92 in 2006).

TONIGHT’S TILT…the Mariners conclude 11-game road trip with the first of four games against Toronto…began trip by splitting four-game set against the Angels & losing two of three in Houston…return home for regular season ending 3-game set against the Angels…tonight’s game will be televised on ROOT SPORTS and broadcast live on 710 ESPN Seattle & the Mariners Radio Network.

ODDS AND ENDS…have lost 2 straight and 3 of last 4…dropped 6 of last 9 games and are 5-9 over last 14 games…are 27-20 since the start of August, including 10-10 in September…45-32 on the road and 38-40 at Safeco Field (3 home games remaining)…are 38-35 vs. the AL West (23-16 on road).

3 is the Magic Number – When scoring 3+ runs the Mariners are 76-21 (.784).

Comeback Wins – Recorded 36 comeback wins, tied for 6th-most in the American League.

Iron Man – Kyle Seager had his string snapped of 688.1 consecutive team innings played at 3B Tuesday…has started 119 consecutive games (1 at DH), 6th-longest active MLB streak.

Hit Parade – Robinson Cano is 5th in the AL in batting average (.320) and T3rd in hits (183).

Run Differential – Mariners have the 4th-best run differential in the AL (+92, 611-519).

In a Pinch – Endy Chavez is 6-for-13 (.462) as a pinch-hitter this season (team is batting .203/16×79).

King Felix – Felix Hernandez leads the American League with a 2.07 ERA and 27 quality starts.

XBH – Robinson Cano is one of 10 players in MLB history with at least 50 XBH in each of first 10 seasons.

Mix and Match – Mariners have used 135 different starting lineups (batting) this season.

Backstop HR – Mike Zunino is 3rd in MLB amongst catchers with 21 home runs (leads A.L.)…has set club record for HR by a catcher which was previously set by Miguel Olivo (19) in 2011.

WHAT’S (HAPP)ENING…the Mariners current roster is hitting .333 (36×108) with 11 doubles, 6 home runs and 17 RBI against opposing starter J.A. Happ…Brad Miller (.667/2×3), Michael Saunders (.500/1×2), Kyle Seager (.500/3×6), Corey Hart (.476/10×21), Logan Morrison (.455/5×11), Dustin Ackley (.400/2×5), Kendrys Morales (.375/3×8) & Chris Denorfia (.364/4×11) are hitting above .350.

RIGHT SIDE IS RIGHT…over his last 22 games, Kendrys Morales is hitting .289 (13×45) with 2 doubles, 3 home runs, 6 RBI, 6 walks, .373 on-base percentage, .533 slugging and .906 slugging percentage against left-handers (since Aug. 12).

CANADIAN CONNECTION…this is James Paxton’s first Major League appearance on Canadian soil, he’ll be the 18th Canadian to make a pitching start in Canada…Michael Saunders has hit 5 home runs in his last 11 games at Rogers Centre…Paxton (Ladner, BC) and Saunders (Victoria, BC) are two of 12 Canadian-born players who have played for the Mariners (Rob Ducey, Paul Spoljaric, Jason Bay, Erik Bedard, Ryan Radmanovich, Dave Pagan, Steve Sinclair, Jordan Zimmerman, Mike Gardiner & Dave Wainhouse).

BIRD HUNTING…Austin Jackson (3rd) & Kyle Seager (4th) are amongst the active leaders in career batting average against Toronto (min. 75 AB) behind Michael Brantley (.365/35×96) & Michael Bourn (.355/27×76)…Jackson is hitting .351 (47×134) with 30 runs, 6 doubles, 3 triples, 2 home runs & 11 RBI, while Seager is hitting .346 (27×78) with 10 runs, 5 doubles, 3 home runs & 11 RBI.

HOT CORNER CLOUT…Kyle Seager has 24 home runs and 92 RBI this season…his 92 RBI are the 3rd-most in club history by a third baseman…only Jim Presley (109 in 1986) and Adrian Beltre (98 in 2007) have driven in more runs as a third baseman than Seager…on Friday night, he passed Mike Blowers (91 in 1995) and Adrian Beltre (89 in 2006) on the list…his 24 home runs are T7th-most by third baseman in club history with Presley (1987)…he ranks just behind Presley (28 in 1985 & 27 in 1986) & Adrian Beltre (26 in 2007 & 25 in 2008 and 2006).

LEFT IS RIGHT…the Mariners are 30-21 (.588) in games started by opposing left-handers, the best record in the A.L. and 4th-best in the Majors behind the Nationals (28-16/.636), Dodgers (25-16/.610) & the Pirates (19-13/.594)…the Angels are right behind Seattle (27-19/.587).

GOOD COMPANY…Mike Zunino has 20 doubles and 21 home runs this season…he’s the only Mariners catcher in this “20-20” club…at age 23 years and 186 days, Zunino is the 5th-youngest catcher to put up a 20-double, 20-home run season…ranks behind Johnny Bench (21.299 in 1969), Brian McCann (22.223 in 2006), Johnny Bench (22.298 in 1970) & Gary Carter (23.177 in 1977).

DUSTIN SMACKLEY…Dustin Ackley recorded his 2nd career multi-home run game Friday night…he has 9 home runs since July 31st, T12th-most in the American League in that span and his 30 RBI in that same span ranks T13th in the A.L.…his 13 home runs are a career-high.

LOGAN LOCKED IN…Logan Morrison is hitting .308 (45×146) with 23 runs, 11 doubles, 4 home runs, 16 RBI and .828 OPS in his last 45 games (since July 29), the 13th-best average in the American League in that span…in his last 37 games with runners in scoring position (since June 20), is hitting .360 (18×50) with 4 doubles, 3 home runs, 24 RBI & 1.013 OPS (hitting .311/19×61 with RISP overall in 2014)…each of his last 4 (& 5 overall) home runs have tied the game or given Seattle the lead.

RACKING UP ROAD WINS…the Mariners have 45 road wins this season (4 road games to go), the 2nd-best road winning percentage in the AL (45-32/.584) trailing only the Angels (44-31/.587)…Seattle has secured its first winning road season since going 43-38 in 2003…it’s the 7th Mariners club with winning road record, joining 2001 (59 wins), 2002 (45), 1997 (45), 2000 (44) & 2003 (43).

BY THE NUMBERS

.308

Kyle Seager is batting .308 (36×117) with 19 runs scored, 6 home runs and 18 RBI over his last 31 road games (since 7/19)…has recorded at least one hit in 23 of his last 31 road games (11 multi-hit).

.321

Jesus Sucre’s batting average (9×28) in his last 9 games with an at-bat (2 2B).

.409

Logan Morrison’s batting average during his active 7-game hitting streak, batting .409 (9×22) with 6 runs, 2 doubles, 1 home run and 3 RBI.

5

Michael Saunders’ home runs at Rogers Centre in his last 11 games.

45

Seattle has 45 road wins, tied for 2nd-most in club history (also: 2002 & 1997).

THIS DAY IN MARINERS HISTORY (September 22):

  •           1984 – Danny Tartabull hit his first Major League home run and Matt Young went the distance, striking out nine White Sox, as the Mariners won their fifth straight, 7-1 at Chicago.
  •           1987 – Mike Campbell recorded his 1st ML win, topping Kansas City, 5-1, in his only complete game effort.
  •           1993 – Dann Howitt hits a grand slam home run off Texas’ Nolan Ryan. Howitt is the fifth batter of the inning, and the final one of Nolyn Ryan’s 27-year Major League career. Ryan will throw two pitches to Dave Magadan, then leave the game. The Mariners go on to win 7-4.        
  •           1995 – Alex Diaz’ three-run pinch HR in the eighth caps the biggest comeback of the year for the Mariners in a 10-7 victory vs. Oakland. Down 6-0 in the fourth, Vince Coleman hit his first career grand slam, on his 34th birthday, to tie the game. The win moved Seattle past California for first in the A.L. west standings for the first time ever this late in the season.
  •           2000 – Edgar Martinez drives in his 137th RBI, tying Babe Ruth for most RBI by a player 37 years or older.
  •           2002 – In just his second Major League start, Willie Bloomquist goes 4×4 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI in 3-2 win vs. Anaheim.
  •           2003 – Randy Winn hit his third career inside-the-park home run at Anaheim, tying him for the most by an active player.  It was just the 20th inside-the-park home run by a Mariner.
  •           2004  Raul Ibanez sets a club record with 6 hits in a game during a 16-6 win over Anaheim.
  •           2012 – Blake Beavan fired 7.0 shutout innings, and Michael Saunders hit a solo home run in the 2nd inning for the game’s only run in a 1-0 victory over the Texas Rangers.

TOMORROW IN MARINERS HISTORY (September 23):

  •           1989 – Scott Bankhead tossed a 2-hit shutout and Jeffrey Leonard went 3×4 to lead Seattle past KC, 8-0. Bankhead fanned nine Royals and Mariners registered six doubles in the winning cause.
  •           1995 – Randy Johnson fans 15 A’s and picks up his 16th win of the year in a 7-0 win vs. Oakland.
  •           1997 – The Mariners earn their second American League West pennant with 4-3 win over Anehiem
  •           1997 – The Mariners break the record for most home runs by a Major League team when Jay Buhner goes deep for the club’s 258th round-tripper of the season in the first inning of the 4-3 victory over Anaheim at the Kingdome.
  •           2000 – Edgar Martinez establishes a new record for RBI by a player 37 and older by driving in 2 runs for RBI 138 & 139.
  •           2001 – Edgar Martinez doubles at Oakland, his 441st career double, passing Roberto Clemente on the all-time doubles list.
  •           2007 – The Seattle Mariners defeat the California Angles 4-3 to clinch their 2nd division title in 3 years. The Mariners score four runs in the first inning and Randy Johnson pitches 8 strong innings and strikeouts 11 for the win.
  •           2008 – J.J. Putz records his 100th career save, becoming only the 2nd pitcher in club history to record at least 100 career saves.
  •           2010 – Ichiro records his 200th hit to mark his 10th consecutive season with 200 hits in a season. Ties Pete Rose for most 200-hit seasons in a career.

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