2014 Seattle Mariners Season Review

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(ISN) – THE RECORD…the Mariners completed the 2014 season with a 87-75 (.537) record, the 7th-most wins in club history…snapped a string of four consecutive losing seasons (2010-13)…went 41-40 at Safeco Field and 46-35 on the road, the first time since 2003 to post both a winning home and road record…were 51-44 before the All-Star break and 36-31 after the break…posted a 24-23-6 record in series, including 11 sweeps…went 7-12 in rubber games to decide a 3-game series…after an off day went 14-5 (.737)…were 57-53 in night games and 30-22 during the day…112 of 162 games were decided by 3 or fewer runs: 18-27 in 1-run games, 25-16 in 2-run games, 15-11 in 3-run games…when scoring first went 52-18 (.743) and when scoring in the first inning were 24-10 (.706)…were 72-6 (.923) when leading after 7 innings and 77-3 (.963) when leading after 8 innings…recorded 39 come-from-behind wins and suffered the loss in 26 games after holding a lead…season high winning streak was 5 games, accomplished 5 different times (last: Sept. 2-6).

JUST A LITTLE BIT SHORT…finished one game back of the Oakland A’s for the second AL Wild Card, narrowly missing the club’s first postseason since 2001…were not eliminated from postseason play until the bottom of the 5th inning in G#162.

AWARD SEASON…the following Mariners earned awards during the 2014 season (additional postseason awards will be announced in the coming weeks):

o    Seattle BBWAA Pitcher of the Year – Felix Hernandez

o    Seattle BBWAA Player of the Year – Robinson Cano

o    Seattle BBWAA Unsung Hero – Chris Young

o    Sporting News AL Comeback Player of the Year – Chris Young

o    Sporting News AL All-Star/Starting Pitcher of the Year – Felix Hernandez

o    Rawlings® Gold Glove Finalists – Kyle Seager (3B), Robinson Cano (2B), Felix Hernandez (P)

o    Players Choice Comeback Player of the Year (finalist) – Chris Young

o    Players Choice AL Pitcher of the Year (finalist) – Felix Hernandez

o    All-Star – Felix HernandezRobinson CanoKyle SeagerFernando Rodney

o    AL Pitcher of the Month – Felix Hernandez (June)

o    AL Player of the Week – Kyle Seager (April 21-27 & June 23-29), Felix Hernandez(June 2-8)

o    Heart and Hustle Award (nominee) – Kyle Seager

o    Hank Aaron Award (nominee) – Robinson Cano

o    Roberto Clemente Award (nominee) – Felix Hernandez

o    Hutch Award (finalist) – Felix Hernandez

o    Branch Rickey Award (nominee) – Felix Hernandez

 

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TEAM ODDS & ENDS…

  •           3 is the Magic Number – When scoring 3+ runs the Mariners were 79-22 (.782).
  •           Run Differential – Mariners recorded the 4th-best run differential in the AL (+80, 634-554).
  •           First Game Success – Went 33-20 (.623) in the first game of a series.
  •           Comeback Wins – Recorded 39 comeback wins, tied for 5th-most in the American League.
  •           Case of the Monday’s – Seattle went 14-6 (.700) in Monday games.
  •           Mix and Match – Mariners used 141 different starting lineups (batting) during the season.
  •           Unkind Extras – Went 4-7 in extra innings, and are 15-32 over last 3 seasons (.317).
  •           Southpaw Success – Mariners went 32-23 vs. LH starters, best AL win% against southpaws.
  •           Zero Runs Scored – Were shut out a club-record 19 times, one of 8 AL teams with 19 or more shutouts during DH era (last: 1981 Blue Jays)…also recorded 9 shutouts, meaning a club-record 28 games were decided by a shut out (previous high was 26 in 2011).
  •           Alternate Jersey – Went 16-8 (.667) in the NW Green Jersey and 14-7 (.667) in the blue alternate road jersey.
  •           Zero Slams – The Mariners and Dodgers were the only teams without a grand slam…second time in 38 seasons of Mariners baseball to not record a grand slam (also 1980).
  •           One-Run Misery – Went 18-27 (.400) in one-run games, 2nd-worst one-run winning percentage in AL (HOU, 17-28/.378).
  •           Time of Game – Led the Majors with the lowest average time of game overall (2:58:33), 9-inning games (2:54:49) and home games (2:53:40)…played the shortest regulation game in the Majors in 2014 at 1:59 Sept. 24 at Toronto (1-0 loss).
  •           Roof Report – Open: 33-31, 64 G; Closed: 6-2, 8 G; Moved: 2-7, 9 G…21% closed/moved is on par with overall 22% since Safeco opened in July 1999.

 

PLAYER ODDS & ENDS…

  •           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.
  •           Cano with RISP – Robinson Cano ranked 5th in the AL batting .339 with runners in scoring position.
  •           HBP Leader – Mike Zunino led the AL with 17 HBP, 2nd-most in club history…Mariners had 60 HBP (31 last season).
  •           Iron Man – Kyle Seager has started 127 consecutive games (1 at DH), 6th-longest active MLB streak…T4th in AL with 159 games played.
  •           Hit Parade – Robinson Cano finished 6th in the AL batting race (.314), the Mariners first .300 hitter since Ichiro in 2010.
  •           XBH – Robinson Cano is one of 10 players in MLB history with at least 50 XBH in each of first 10 seasons.
  •           Backstop HR – Mike Zunino set a club record with 22 home runs by a catcher (2nd in AL)…old record was 19 by Miguel Olivo in 2011.
  •           2-Out RBI – Kyle Seager led the team and ranked T14th in AL with 33 2-out RBI.
  •           Shortstop Pop – Brad Miller hit 10 home runs, 2nd-most by an AL shortstop (A. Ramirez, CWS, 15)…4th Mariners shortstop with 10+ home runs: Alex Rodriguez (5x), Rey Quinones (2x) & Todd Cruz (1x).
  •           Control Freak – Hisashi Iwakuma ranked 2nd in the Majors and set a club record with 1.06 BB/9.0 IP (21 BB, 179.0 IP).
  •           No Steal Zone – Hisashi Iwakuma did not allow a stolen base (0-for-8) during the season.
  •           Pitcher’s Best Friend – Roenis Elias induced 23 grounded into double plays, T4th in the AL.

 

2014 TIMELINE…

  •           March 31 – Mariners beat LAA 10-3 on Opening Night behind 11 strikeouts from Felix Hernandez.
  •           April 8 – Corey Hart hits 2 home runs in Mariners 5-3 win over LAA in home opener.
  •           April 23 – Kyle Seager hits a walk-off 3-run HR in a 5-3 win over HOU to end 8-game losing streak.
  •           April 28 – Kyle Seager named AL Player of the Week after 5-HR week.
  •           May 1 – Roenis Elias strikes out 10 batters in Yankee Stadium debut in 4-2 win over NYY.
  •           June 1 – Roenis Elias tosses a 3-hit shutout vs. DET, first Mariners rookie shutout since 1999.
  •           June 2 – Kyle Seager ties a club record with 4 extra-base hits in 10-2 win at NYY.
  •           June 8 – Felix Hernandez strikeouts out a career-high 15 batters in 5-0 win at TB.
  •           June 22 – Fernando Rodney secures 20th save to complete a series sweep at KC.
  •           June 29 – Felix Hernandez and Fernando Rodney combined on a 1-hitter in 3-0 win vs. CLE.
  •           July 1 – Mariners record 18 hits and 13 runs in 13-2 win at HOU, including 7-run 6th inning.
  •           July 15 – Felix Hernandez starts for the AL in the MLB All-Star Game in Minneapolis.
  •           July 26 – Fernando Rodney records 200th career save.
  •           July 30 – Felix Hernandez breaks MLB record with 14th straight start of 7.0 or more IP, 2 or fewer runs allowed.
  •           August 9 – Lou Piniella becomes the 8th member of the Mariners Hall of Fame.
  •           August 13 – Mariners complete 8-1 homestand with a 2-0 shutout vs. TOR.
  •           August 22 – Felix Hernandez passes 200 strikeouts for the 6th consecutive season.
  •           August 24 – Mariners complete first-ever sweep at Fenway Park with an 8-6 win (3 or more games).
  •           August 26 – Mariners record win #72, passing win total from entire 2013 season (G#131).
  •           September 3 – Kyle Seager and Corey Hart hit back-to-back HR off Jon Lester in 2-1 win at OAK.
  •           September 8 – Mariners improve to season-high 15 games over .500 (79-64) with 4-1 win vs. HOU.
  •           September 18 – Fernando Rodney sets club record with 46th save of the season.
  •           September 27 – Mariners record 2nd walk-off win of the season on fielder’s choice by Austin Jackson.
  •           September 28 – Mariners are eliminated from the playoffs despite a 4-1 win over LAA…Felix Hernandez claims the AL ERA title with 5.1 scoreless innings.

 

BY THE NUMBERS…

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Robinson Cano ranked 6th in the AL in batting average, his 6th straight season to hit over .300.

2.06

Tom Wilhelmsen’s ERA as a reliever, the 3rd-best by a reliever in club history behind J.J. Putz (1.38 in 2007) &Rafael Soriano (1.53 in 2014).

2.14

Felix Hernandez claimed the AL ERA title.

2.59

Mariners bullpen led the Majors in ERA.

3

Mariners named Rawlings® Gold Glove finalists (Kyle Seager-3B, Robinson Cano-2B, Felix Hernandez-P).

3.17

Mariners led the AL (2nd in MLB) in team ERA.

25

Kyle Seager led the team with 25 home runs.

27

James Jones was 27-for-28 in stolen bases.

48

Fernando Rodney led the Majors and set a club record with 48 saves.

+80

Mariners had a +80 run differential, 4th-best in the AL.

87

87 wins are 7th-most in club history.

248

Felix Hernandez struck out a career-high 248 batters.

1,165

Robinson Cano leads the Majors in hits over the last 6 seasons (since 2009).

WHAT AN IMPROVEMENT…the Mariners finished with a 87-75 (.537) record, the 6th-best winning percentage in the American League…marked a 16-win improvement from 2013 (71-91)…the 16-win improvement is the 4th-largest in club history from one season to the next: +30, 49-63 in 1994 & 79-66 in 1995; +25, 91-71 in 2000 & 116-46 in 2001; +24, 61-101 in 2008 & 85-77 in 2009.

GIANT LEAP FORWARD…the Mariners 16-win improvement was the 3rd-best in the Majors comparing 2013 to 2014…only the Angels with a 20-win improvement (78-84 to 98-64) and 19-win improvement by the Astros (51-111 to 70-92) bettered the Mariners jump from 71-91 in 2013 to 87-75 this season.

VS. THE DIVISIONS…posted a winning record vs. all three American League divisions for the first time since 2007: AL West (41-35), AL Central (19-14), AL East (18-15)…went 9-11 in Interleague play…in the AL West, posted winning record vs. the Angels (12-7), A’s (10-9) and Astros (10-9), and went 9-10 vs. the Rangers…first time to win a season series vs. the Angels since 2003.

THE SKIPPERLloyd McClendon managed the Mariners to the 6th-best winning percentage in the American League in his first year at the helm of the club…marked his first winning season as a MLB manager (5 seasons in Pittsburg) and the 2nd-best record by a first-year Mariners manager (Bob Melvin, 93-69 in 2003)…finished 3rd in the Sporting News AL Manager of the Year voting.

VS. PLAYOFF TEAMS…the Mariners posted a 34-27 record (.557) vs. teams that advanced to the playoffs in 2014: OAK (10-9), LAA (12-7), KC (5-2), DET (4-2), WAS (1-2), BAL (2-5)…went 45-35 (.563) vs. teams that ended the season with a .500 or better record, the 3rd-best winning percentage behind Baltimore (51-40/.560) and Detroit (49-39/.557)…also 45-32 (.584) vs. .500 or better teams (at time played) and 42-43 (.494) vs. non-.500 teams.

ROAD WARRIORS…went 46-35 (.568) on the road, tying for the 2nd-best road winning percentage in the American League…2nd-best road record in club history behind the 2001 team (59-22/.728)…secured first winning road season since going 43-38 in 2003, the 7th Mariners club with a winning season on the road, joining 2001 (59 wins), 2002 (45), 1997 (45), 2000 (44), 2003 (43) & 1996 (42).

AND WINNING HOME RECORD…went 41-40 (.519) at Safeco Field, winning 15 of last 24 home games to secure a winning home record…were 24-26 during the first half at home and 17-14 after the All-Star break…first time since 2003 to post both a winning record at home and on the road.

POSITIVE RUN DIFFERENTIAL…the Mariners had the 4th-highest run differential in the American League at +80 (634-554), 6th-best in MLB…first time since 2003 to have a positive run differential, and 11th time overall in club history…recorded a positive run differential in four of the seven months.

2014 MLB Run Differential Leaders

 

Team

Run Differential

Run Scored

Runs Allowed

1

Oakland Athletics

157

729

572

2

Los Angeles Angels

143

773

630

3

Washington Nationals

131

686

555

4

Baltimore Orioles

112

705

593

5

Los Angeles Dodgers

101

718

617

6

Seattle Mariners

80

634

554

7

Detroit Tigers

52

757

705

8

Pittsburgh Pirates

51

682

631

9

San Francisco Giants

51

665

614

10

Toronto Blue Jays

37

723

686

TEAM ERA TITLE…the Mariners led the American League (2nd in MLB, WAS – 3.03) with a 3.17 ERA…third time in club history to lead the American League in ERA (2009 – 3.87 & 2001 – 3.54)…bettered the previous club-record team ERA set in 2001 by 0.37 ERA points…ranked in the top 10 in the Majors in starters ERA (3.48/8th) and bullpen ERA (2.59/1st), the 4th time in club history to rank in top 10 in MLB in both categories (also: 2001, 2003, 2009).

HISTORICALLY LOW ERA…the 3.17 team ERA marked the 5th-lowest by an American League club since the advent of the designated hitter in 1973 (does not include strike seasons)…lowest team ERA by an AL pitching staff since the 1989 Oakland Athletics (3.09)…also set club records for lowest starters ERA at 3.48 (old mark was 3.67 in 1990) and bullpen ERA at 2.59 (old mark was 3.04 in 2001).

BULLPEN BULLIES…the bullpen led the Majors with a 2.59 ERA, the 6th-lowest mark by an AL squad during the designated hitter era (since 1973)…2nd-lowest AL bullpen ERA dating back to 1990, trailing only a 2.55 ERA by the Royals relievers in 2013.

SPREADING THE WORKLOAD…the Mariners set an American League record with 7 pitchers all with at least 50 relief appearances: Fernando Rodney-69, Charlie Furbush-67, Danny Farquhar-66, Yoervis Medina-66, Dominic Leone-57, Tom Wilhelmsen-57, Joe Beimel-56…tied the Major League record set by the 2002 Atlanta Braves.

STRANDED…Mariners relievers stranded 157 of 215 inherited baserunners (73.0%), the 4th-best percentage in club history: 1982 – 78.2%, 284 of 363; 2001 – 77.3%, 177 of 229; 1991 – 74.3%, 157 of 215…had the 4th-best percentage of inherited runners stranded in the American League in 2014.

START IT UP…the starters set a club record with a 3.48 ERA, bettering the previous mark of 3.67 set in 1990…ranked 3rd in the AL for lowest starters ERA behind Oakland (3.37) and Tampa Bay (3.48)…held opponents to a club-record .236 batting average, the lowest mark in the Majors and 3rd-lowest by a team’s starting pitchers during the DH era (since 1973).

FOUR BY 10…the Mariners had four starting pitchers record 10+ wins: Felix Hernandez (15),Hisashi Iwakuma (15), Chris Young (12), Roenis Elias (10)…7th time in club history that the team has had at least four pitchers with 10-or-more wins in same season, the first since having 5 in 2003.

TEAM WHIP…set a club record with a team WHIP (Walks + Hits / Innings) at 1.173, the 3rd-lowest mark by an American League squad during the DH era (since 1973)…starters WHIP of 1.182 was also 3rd-lowest during the DH era and the relievers 1.156 WHIP was 13th-lowest.

STRIKEOUT RECORD…the Mariners set a club record with 1,317 strikeouts, bettering the old mark of 1,297 set last season…ranked 5th in the American League in strikeouts…the starters set a club record with 814 strikeouts (old record was 808 in 1997) and the relievers recorded 503 strikeouts to rank 2nd in club history (535 in 2013)…Felix Hernandez led the club with a career-high 248 strikeouts (9.46 K/9.0 IP).

OPPONENT BATTING AVERAGE…led the Majors holding opponents to a .230 batting average (1240×5389)…broke previous club record of .236 set in 2001…2nd-lowest by an AL squad during the DH era (since 1973), trailing only 2012 Tampa Bay Rays (.228)…started limited opponents to a .236 batting average (3rd-lowest during DH era) and relievers had a .219 mark (11th-lowest)…recorded .223 opponent batting average vs. right-handed hitters, the lowest mark since the 1975 Los Angeles Dodgers (.219).

FIELDING REPORT…the Mariners led the American League with a .9864 fielding percentage, edging out the Angels (.9862)…committed the fewest errors in the AL (82) and played error-free in 99 of 162 games (1 or fewer errors in 147 of 162)…first time since setting a club record with a .989 fielding percentage in 2003 to lead the AL…3rd-highest fielding percentage in club history…went from -97 defensive runs saved in 2013 to -2 DRS in 2014, the best team improvement in the American League…the outfield was the most improved with 0 runs saved this season, compared to -70 DRS last season…Kyle Seager ranked 2nd among American League 3B with 10 defensive runs saved.

3 (OR 4) WAS THE MAGIC NUMBER…when scoring 3 or more runs, the Mariners were 79-22 (.782), the best winning percentage in the American League (2nd in MLB, SF, 83-20/.806)…when scoring 4 or more runs, the Mariners went 67-12 (.848)…on the flip side, the Mariners scored 2 or fewer runs 61 times (8-53), 3rd-most in the AL.

RISP REPORT…the Mariners combined to bat .262 (317×1212) with runners in scoring position, the 5th-best mark in the American League…highest team RISP average since .283 in 2007, and a drastic improvement from recent years: .228 in 2013, .239 in 2012, .222 in 2011, .226 in 2010, .234 in 2009.

HOME RUN DATA…Mariners hit 136 home runs, 10th-most in the American League (hit 188 in 2013, 2nd in AL)… posted a 46-10 record (.821) when hitting more home runs than the opponent (31-7 when hitting 2+ HR)…217 of 634 runs scored came via the home run (34.2%)…hit 76 solo home runs, 39-run homers and 21 3-run HR…did not hit a grand slam for just the second time in club history (also: 1980)…most 3-run homers since also hitting 21 in 2001…ranked 4th in AL with 21 3-run homers, with Kyle Seager tied for MLB lead with six 3-run homers.

200 FEWER RUNS ALLOWED…the Mariners allowed 200 fewer runs than last season, going from 754 runs allowed in 2013 (5th-most in MLB) to 554 runs allowed in 2014 (lowest total in MLB)…the -200 run difference was the largest gap in club history, bettering the old mark of -153 from 2000 (780 runs allowed) to 2001 (627 runs allowed)…the offense scored 10 more runs in 2014 (634) compared to 2013 (624)…the 200-run difference is the 5th-largest in MLB dating back to 2000.

THE FELIX 200Felix Hernandez recorded with his 7th consecutive 200+ IP season (236.0), tying Randy Johnson for the most 200-inning seasons in club history…also recorded his 6th consecutive season with 200 or more strikeouts, registering a career-high 248…his streak of 6 consecutive 200-inning, 200-strikeout seasons is tied for 3rd-longest streak in MLB history behind Tom Seaver (9, 1968-76), Roger Clemens (7, 19867-92) and Walter Johnson (7, 1910-16).

200 STRIKEOUTS AGAIN FOR FELIXFelix Hernandez became the first pitcher in club history and 9th in Major League history to string together at least 6 consecutive seasons with 200 strikeouts (reached milestone 8/22 at BOS at age 28.136)…Tom Seaver holds the record with 9 straight 200-strikeout seasons (1968-1976)…Hernandez is the 4th-youngest to reach the milestone of 6 consecutive 200-strikeout seasons, with only Walter Johnson (reached the 200 mark for the sixth straight year at age 27 in 1915), Sam McDowell (age 27 in 1970) and Bert Blyleven (age 25 in 1976).

KING OF ERAFelix Hernandez claimed the American League ERA title with a club-record 2.14 mark (56 ER, 236.0 IP)…was the 4th-lowest ERA for an AL pitcher in a season of 230.0 or more innings since the advent of the designated hitter in 1973, behind the Yankees Ron Guidry (1.74 in 1978), Toronto’s Roger Clemens (2.05 in 1997) and Baltimore’s Jim Palmer (2.09 in 1975)…lowest ERA (regardless of innings) by a qualifying AL pitcher since Pedro Martinez posted a 1.74 ERA (42 ER, 217.0 IP) with Boston in 2000…Felix also won the ERA title during his Cy Young season in 2010 with a 2.27 mark, joining Freddy Garcia in 2001 (3.05) and Randy Johnson in 1995 (2.48) as Mariners to win ERA titles.

A STREAK FIT FOR A KINGFelix Hernandez set a Major League record with 16 consecutive starts where he pitched at least 7.0 innings and allowed 2 or fewer runs (May 18-Aug. 11)…broke the record of 13 straight by Tom Seaver from July 17-Sept. 16, 1971…Felix has also set the MLB record with a 16-start streak of 7.0 or more IP and 2 or fewer earned runs passing Gaylord Perry (15) with Cleveland in 1974…during the 16-start streak Felix went 9-2 (5 ND) with a 1.41 ERA:

Streaks of consecutive starts with 7+ IP, 2 or fewer runs allowed, since 1900:

Felix Hernandez

May-August 2014

16

Tom Seaver

July-Sept 1971

13

Dwight Gooden

Sept 1985-May 1986

12

Chief Bender

June-August 1907

12

Mike Scott

May-July 1986

12

Ferdie Schupp

Sept 1916-May 1917

12

FELIX CAREER-HIGH K’SFelix Hernandez finished the season with a career-high 248 strikeouts, ranking 4th in the American League and 5th-most in single-season Mariners history.

Mariners Single-Season Strikeouts

Rk

Player

SO

Year

1

Randy Johnson

308

1993

2

Randy Johnson

294

1995

3

Randy Johnson

291

1997

4

 

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