(ISN) – Upcoming Probable Starting Pitchers:
|Monday, 4/6||1:10 pm||LAA||Felix Hernandez (RHP)||Jered Weaver (RHP)|
|Tuesday, 4/7||7:10 pm||LAA||James Paxton (LHP)||C.J. Wilson (LHP)|
|Wednesday, 4/8||7:10 pm||LAA||Hisashi Iwakuma (RHP)||Matt Shoemaker (RHP)|
|Thursday, 4/9||Off Day|
|Friday, 4/10||7:07 pm||@OAK||Taijuan Walker (RHP)||Drew Pomeranz (LHP)|
|Saturday, 4/11||1:07 pm||@OAK||J.A. Happ (LHP)||Sonny Gray (RHP)|
|Sunday, 4/12||1:07 pm||@OAK||Felix Hernandez (RHP)||Jesse Hahn (RHP)|
Today’s Game Notes (also attached as PDF):
BASEBALL IS BACK…the Mariners open their 39th season with a home game vs. the Los Angeles Angels at Safeco Field…today is the first of a three-game series vs. the Angels, which will be followed by an off day Thursday, and a 6-game road trip at Oakland and Los Angeles (NL)…today’s game will be televised in the Mariners TV market on ROOT SPORTS NW and broadcast live on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network.
IT HAS BEEN A WHILE…the Mariners are opening the season with a home game for the first time since 2008…the 6-year stretch without a home season opener is the longest by a Major League team since the Brewers had a 10-season stretch without a home season opener from 1996-2005 and the Phillies opened 8 consecutive seasons on the road from 1997-2004.
ODDS AND ENDS…the Mariners open the 2015 season today to begin a 3-game homestand…12 of first 18 games of the season will be played at Safeco Field.
- Young & Old – Fernando Rodney is the oldest player on the Mariners roster at 38 years, 19 days…Taijuan Walker is the youngest player at 22 years, 236 days.
- First Opening Day – Tyler Olson (LHP), Jesus Sucre (C), Carson Smith (RHP) and Taijuan Walker (RHP – on DL last year) are on their first Opening Day rosters…this is the 10th Opening Day rosters for Felix Hernandez and Robinson Canó.
- 2014 Review – completed the 2014 season 87-75 (.537), 7th-most wins in club history…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…finished one game back of Oakland for the second AL Wild Card.
CACTUS LEAGUE REVIEW…completed Cactus League play with an 13-17-2 record (.438)…opened spring training 10-10-2 in first 22 games, but 3-7 over the final 10 games…ended the spring with consecutive wins over the Colorado Rockies in exhibition games…posted a 10-6 record in home games and 3-11-2 when the road team…had a 3-1 record in night games, compared to a 10-16-2 mark in day games… ranked 3rd among American League teams and 5th in the Cactus League (7th overall in MLB) with 107 extra-base hits…recorded 59 doubles (10th in AL), 15 triples (1st in AL and 33 home runs (T3rd in AL)…a complete spring training recap is on pages 7-8 of the Opening Day notes package.
|vs. LH Starter||4-5-1|
|vs. RH Starter||9-12-1|
KING FELIX MAKING EIGHTH OPENING DAY START…Felix Hernandez is making his 8th career Opening Day start (2007 vs. OAK, 2009 at MIN, 2010 at OAK, 2011 at OAK, 2012 at OAK-Tokyo, 2013 at OAK, 2014 at LAA), and his 7th consecutive…today’s start extends his club record for most career Opening Day nods, with the previous record being 5 by Randy Johnson (1992-96)…Felix is 5-0, 1.52 ERA (9 ER, 53.1 IP) with 52 strikeouts in his 7 career Opening Day starts:
- Mariners Record – Felix’s 5 career Opening Day wins are the most in Mariners history (R. Johnson – 2)
- MLB History – 5 Opening Day wins ranks 15th all-time in MLB history (a 6th would be T8th)…dating back to 1914, the 5 OD wins are currently tied for 12th-most.
- What’s the Record? – The most Opening Day starts all-time is 16 by Tom Seaver…Steve Carlton, Randy Johnson, Walter Johnson, Jack Morris and Cy Young all recorded 14…Morris holds the record with 14 consecutive Opening Day starts (1980-93).
OPENING DAY DATA…the Mariners are 23-15 (.605) in season openers, including a current 8-game Opening Day winning streak…have won 9 of the last 10 season openers, including Opening Day shutouts in 2007 (4-0 vs. OAK) and 2013 (2-0 at OAK).
OPENERS vs. THE ANGELS…the Mariners will open with the Angels for the 11th time in club history (the most vs. any team in club history), and for the second consecutive season (10-3 win last year in Anaheim)…Seattle is 4-6 vs. the Angels on Opening Day.
OPENERS IN SEATTLE…will be opening the season in Seattle for the first time since 2008 (5-2 win vs. Texas)…are 15-10 all-time on Opening Day in Seattle, including a 4-4 record at Safeco Field.
DAY OPENERS…will be opening the season with a day game for just the 10th time in club history (last: 2008)…are 3-6 in season openers in day games…will be playing a day game in a home opener for the 11th time…played 9 straight home openers during the day from 2002-2010.
MONDAY OPENERS…will open on a Monday for the 17th time in club history (most of any day of the week)…Seattle is 9-7 when opening on a Monday.
ROOF DATA ON OPENING DAY…in 15 home openers at Safeco Field (since 2000), the roof has been open the entire game 8 times, closed for 5 games and moved twice…are 8-7 in the first Safeco Field game of a season (2000-2014), with 7 of those not being the true season opener.
OPENING DAY WIN STREAK…the Mariners have won 8 consecutive season openers to extend a club record…Seattle’s previous record for consecutive Opening Day wins was 5 straight from 1982-86…it is the longest OD winning streak since the Cincinnati Reds posted 9 straight OD wins from 1983-1991, and is the 2nd-longest American League Opening Day win streak trailing only the St. Louis Browns (9 straight, 1937-45)…the 8 consecutive wins are tied for the 4th-most all-time.
|Boston Beaneaters||10 (1887-96)|
|Cincinnati Reds||9 (1983-91)|
|New York Mets||9 (1975-83)|
|St. Louis Browns||9 (1937-45)|
|Seattle Mariners||8 (2007-current)|
|Boston Beaneaters||8 (1906-13)|
LID LIFTERS…Seattle has opened the season with a win in 23 of 38 seasons for a .605 winning percentage…since the club debuted in 1977, the .605 winning percentage on Opening Day is 4th-best in the Majors behind New York-NL (28-10/.737), Chicago-AL (24-14/.632) and Baltimore (24-14/.632).
CANÓ ON OPENING DAY…Robinson Canó is on his 10th Opening Day roster, second with the Mariners (2006-2013 with NYY)…in 9 career Opening Day starts Canó is a .333 hitter (12×36)…he went 2-for-4 with a double in his Mariners debut last season vs. LAA on March 31, 2014.
THIS DATE IN HISTORY…on this date exactly 38 years ago (April 6, 1977) the Seattle Mariners played the first game in franchise history against the California Angels at the Kingdome (0-7 loss)…today is the 6,034th regular season game in club history (6,068 counting postseason).
BY THE NUMBERS…
Felix Hernandez is 5-0 with a 1.52 ERA in his 7 career Opening Day starts.
Felix Hernandez will be making his 7th consecutive Opening Day start…only CC Sabathia (9, 2006-14) and Justin Verlander (7, 2008-14) have as many consecutive among active pitchers…both of those streaks will end this season.
The Mariners have won their last 8 season openers dating back to 2007.
Felix Hernandez is 86-56 with a 2.73 ERA over his last 6 seasons (since 2009), the 2nd-lowest ERA among MLB pitchers during this span (Clayton Kershaw – 2.33)…Felix is the only pitcher to record 200 strikeouts and 200.0 innings in each season since 2009.
THIS DAY IN MARINERS HISTORY (April 6):
- 1977 – An Opening Night, record crowd of 57,762 attends the Mariners first game in franchise history, a 7-0 loss to the California Angels at the Kingdome.
- 1993 – On the fourth April 6 Opening Night in team history, the Mariners pull out their first win, beating Toronto, 8-1. It is the third Opening Night meeting with expansion cousin Toronto; Seattle is 3-0. Ken Griffey Jr hits a 3-run HR in the first to ignite the win and the crowd of 56,120 is the second largest all-time for Seattle. The game marks Lou Piniella’s debut as the Mariners manager.
- 1995 – Joey Cora re-signed with the Mariners as a free agent.
- 1996 – Paul Sorrento hits the first of the club’s Major League-record 11 grand slams for the season in an 8-5 win vs. Chicago.
- 1998 – Jamie Moyer records his fourth-career, 10-strikeout game in an 8-0 win vs. New York (7.0,3,0,0,1,11).
- 2000 – Rookie closer Kazuhiro Sasaki earns his first Major League save by striking out the side in a 5-2 win vs. Boston.
- 2001– Mark McLemore homers in his first at-bat as a starter for the Mariners in a game against Texas…Ichiro Suzuki blasts his first Major League home run to beat the Rangers, 9-7 in 10-innings. Suzuki becomes the first Mariner to hit his first homer in extra innings.
- 2009 – Ken Griffey Jr. hit a solo home run on Opening Day in Minnesota for his 8th career Opening Day homer, all coming in his 12 seasons with the Mariners. Also, tied Frank Robinson.
TOMORROW IN MARINERS HISTORY (April 7):
- 1984 – Mark Langston makes his Mariners and Major League debut, downing the Detroit Tigers 4-1 in Detroit.
- 1999 – Freddy Garcia strikes out five and allows only two runs in his Major League debut. Ken Griffey Jr. goes 4×4 with a home run against Chicago.
- 2000 – New centerfielder Mike Cameron goes over the centerfield wall to rob New York’s Derek Jeter of a home run in the 8th inning, preserving a 6-3 lead. Seattle goes on to win the game, 7-5.
- 2001 – Brett Boone goes 3×4 with three RBI and collects his 1,000th career hit in the 9th inning in a game at Texas.