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Upcoming Probable Starting Pitchers:

 

Day Time (PT) Opponent Mariners Opponent
Sunday, 4/26 1:10 pm MIN LH Roenis Elias (’15 debut) RH Kyle Gibson (1-2, 5.87)
Monday, 4/27 5:05 pm @TEX RH Taijuan Walker (0-2, 10.66) RH Yovani Gallardo (2-2, 3.92)
Tuesday, 4/28 5:05 pm @TEX LH J.A. Happ (1-1, 2.61) LH Ross Detwiler (0-2, 10.95)
Wednesday, 4/29 5:05 pm @TEX RH Felix Hernandez (3-0, 1.61) LH Wandy Rodriguez (0-0, 1.80)

 

YOU ALREADY KNOW…that Nelson Cruz leads the Majors in both home runs (9) and RBI (20)…BUT DID YOU KNOW?…that with one more home run will become just the 16th player over the last 10 seasons to record a 10 home run, 20 RBI performance in the opening month of a season?…White Sox Rookie of the Year Jose Abreu hit 10 homers with 32 RBI in 29 games in March/April last season…Ken Griffey Jr. (twice; 1998 – 11 HR, 27 RBI & 1997 – 13 HR, 30 RBI) is the only Mariners player to record a 10 HR+, 20 RBI+ opening month of a season.

ROSTER MOVE…the Mariners have recalled LHP Roenis Elias (#29) from AAA Tacoma to start today’s game vs. the Twins…LHP Lucas Luetge was optioned back to AAA Tacoma following last night’s game…an updated roster is attached to this email in PDF format.

HOW DO YOU SAY HIS NAME?…This is the phonetic spelling for today’s starting pitcherRoenis Elias: Roenis (roh-EN-ees) Elias (ehl-LEE-us)…an audio file of Roenis saying his name is attached.

EVERYTHING IS AWESOME…the Mariners complete a 9-game homestand (4-4) with the rubber game of a three-game set against the Minnesota Twins (1-1)…began homestand by taking 2 of 3 from the Rangers before dropping 2 of 3 to the Astros…leave following today’s game embarking on a 10-game road trip through the AL West April 27-May 6 at Texas (3 G), Houston (4 G) and LAA (3 G)…today’s game will be televised in the Mariners TV market on ROOT SPORTS NW and broadcast live on 710 ESPN Seattle and KIRO 97.3 FM and the Mariners Radio Network.

POST-GAME LEGO MOVIE…following today’s game, fans will be treated to the first ever post-game movie at Safeco Field…The Lego Movie will be shown on the state-of-the-art MarinersVision.

 

ODDS AND ENDS…dropped middle game of three-game series last night 8-5 to set up today’s rubber game…won 4 of last 7 games…7-10 on the season, 5-6 at Safeco Field and 2-4 on the road…won 2 straight 3 times, but have not strung together 3 consecutive wins yet…are 2-3 in series played this season…opened season playing 12 of first 18 games at Safeco Field (today is #18).

  • Everyday Backstop – Mike Zunino has played in all 17 of the Mariners games so far (15 GS), joining Salvador Perez (KC) as only catchers to play in every team game so far.
  • Morning Team –  Seattle is 4-0 in day games this season, averaging 7.0 runs per game but 3-10 at night.
  • Comeback Kids – 4 of Mariners 7 wins this season have been come-from-behind victories.
  • Home Run Derby – Homered in 12 of 17 games, and rank 5th in MLB with 22 home runs…did not hit 22nd home run until 24th game of the season in 2014.
  • Runs via HR – Scored 49.2% of runs this season via the longball (32 of 65 runs).
  • 2-Outs – 27 of 65 runs have been scored with 2 outs…Nelson Cruz is T1st in AL with 10 2-out RBI.
  • Close Games – 16 of 17 games have been decided by 3 or fewer runs, most among AL teams.
  • West Coast – Seattle’s first 18 games this season (today is 18th) will be played in Pacific time zone.

AS DIFFERENT AS THEY COME…the Mariners beat the Twins 2-0 Friday night with both Felix Hernandez and Phil Hughes throwing complete games in a crisp 2-hour, 3-minute game…last night, the Twins beat the Mariners 8-5 in a completely different kind of game…here is a comparison:

Day                         Score                      Pitchers Used (SEA/MIN)                     Combined Runs (SEA/MIN)

Friday                     2-0 (SEA)                2 (1 / 1)                                                   2 (2 / 0)

Saturday                 8-5 (MIN)                12 (5 / 7)                                                 13 (5 / 8)

RUBBER-GAME RECORD…today is already the fourth rubber game of the season, with the Mariners going 2-1 in games to decide the outcome of a three-game series.

NO MISSING PIECES…each of the Mariners last 13 games have been decided by 3 or fewer runs, with the club posting a 6-7 record during this stretch…13-game stretch includes 6 games decided by one run (4-2), 4 games decided by 2 runs (2-2) and 3 games decided by 3 runs (0-3)…overall 16 of 17 games this season have been decided by 3 or fewer runs, with the lone exception being a 12-0 loss at Oakland on April 10…12 of 17 games have been decided by 2 or fewer runs (6-6 record).

ONE BLOCK AT A TIMENelson Cruz has hit 9 home runs, which are already tied for 3rd-most in the opening month (March/April) of a Mariners season, and there are 5 games remaining: Ken Griffey Jr. (13 in 26 G in 1997, 11 in 27 G in 1998, 9 in 22 G in 1999), Alex Rodriguez (9 in 27 G in 1998), Cruz (9 in 17 G so far in 2015).

STACKING UP HITSRobinson Canó has a current 11-game hitting streak, tied for the 2nd-longest active hitting streak in the Majors: Matt Carpenter (STL) – 12 games, Devon Travis (TOR) – 11 games…during his current streak is batting .409 (18×44) with 9 runs scored, 6 doubles, 1 home run and 5 RBI (.458 OBP, .614 SLG, 1.072 OPS)…Canó has recorded at least one hit in 13 of 17 games and is batting .304 (21×69) on the season…he leads the American League with 8 doubles.

BUILDING BLOCKSNelson Cruz leads the Majors with 20 RBI (and 9 home runs)…he is the first Mariners player with 20 (or more) RBI in the opening month of a season (March/April) since Raul Ibañez recorded 20 in 28 games in 2008 and Bret Boone had 21 in 27 games in 2003…the club record for RBI in March/April is 30 by Ken Griffey Jr. in 1997.

EMMET APPROVESAustin Jackson has recorded a hit in 13 of 16 games (with at least 1 PA) this season and is batting .275 (19×69) with 2 doubles, 2 home runs and 4 RBI…he has a hit in 9 of his last 10 games batting .302 (13×43), including a current mini 4-game hitting streak (.294/5×17)…Jackson leads the Majors by seeing an average of 4.60 pitches per plate appearnace.

WHEN YOU’RE PART OF A TEAM…the Mariners 3-4-5 hitters — Robinson CanóNelson CruzKyle Seager — have combined to hit .302 (60×199) this season with 27 runs, 14 doubles, 12 home runs and 36 RBI…the three have hit 3-4-5 in all 17 games so far…over the last 11 games, the trio has combined to hit .378 (48×127) with 22 runs scored, 12 doubles, 9 home runs and 28 RBI.

PAST MEETS PRESENT…the past meets present today as the Mariners will wear their alternate cream home uniform…the new jersey and pants are a classic cream color, while the lettering and logo are the same as the current uniforms but in the original Mariners colors (Royal Blue & Gold)…in a nod to vintage baseball uniforms, there are no players’ names on the backs of the jerseys; just large block numbers in royal with gold trim…the look is completed with a royal blue cap with gold Mariners “S” and compass rose baseball logo and royal blue socks with gold stripes.

BY THE NUMBERS

4-0

The Mariners have a perfect 4-0 record in day games this season.

4.60

Austin Jackson leads MLB with 4.60 pitches per plate appearance.

8

Robinson Canó leads the American League with 8 doubles.

9

Nelson Cruz leads the Majors with 9 home runs…the 9 HR are the 2nd-most he’s hit in any month (13 in May 2014).

11

Robinson Canó has a 11-game hitting streak, hitting .409 (18×44) with 9 runs, 6 doubles, 1 home run and 5 RBI…is his 26th career single season double-digit hitting streak.

22

Seattle ranks 5th in the Majors with 22 home runs (BAL – 26, TOR – 25, LAD – 25, NYY – 25, SEA – 22).

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