Upcoming Probable Starting Pitchers:
|Sunday, 5/10||1:10 pm||OAK||RHP Felix Hernandez (5-0, 1.73)||RHP Jesse Chavez (1-2, 1.80)|
|Monday, 5/11||Off Day|
|Tuesday, 5/12||7:10 pm||SD||TBA||RHP Ian Kennedy (2-1, 5.03)|
|Wednesday, 5/13||7:10 pm||SD||LHP Roenis Elias (0-1, 3.86)||TBA|
Today’s Game Notes :
AS YOU KNOW…Felix Hernandez is 5 strikeouts away from 2,000 in his career…BUT DID YOU KNOW…that his strikeout total is already the 7th-most by a pitcher who has spent his entire career with one team?…the only 6 pitchers with more are all in the Hall of Fame: Washington’s Walter Johnson (3,508), St. Louis’ Bob Gibson (3,117), Cleveland’s Bob Feller (2,581), Los Angeles’ Don Drysdale (2,486) & Sandy Koufax (2,396) and Baltimore’s Jim Palmer (2,212).
TODAY’S TILT…the Mariners continue a 9-game homestand today with the final of three games vs. the Oakland Athletics (2-0)…also face San Diego (2 G) and Boston (4 G) in the third homestand of the season…coming off 4-6 road trip at Texas (3-0), Houston (0-4) and LA Angels (1-2)…today’s game will be televised in the Mariners TV market on ROOT SPORTS NW and broadcast live on 710 ESPN Seattle, 97.3 FM and the Mariners Radio Network.
ODDS AND ENDS…have won 2 straight after dropping 6 of previous 7 games…13-14 record vs. AL teams, while going 0-3 in Interleague play…4-6 in series played, including 5 rubber games (2-3)…opened season with 12 of 18 games at Safeco Field (9 of next 18 on the road)…have played 24 of 30 games vs. the AL West (12-12 record)…currently 3rd place in AL West (6.5 back of HOU).
- The King – Felix Hernandez is 5-0, 1.73 ERA in 6 starts this season (SEA is 6-0)…T3rd in AL w/44 K’s.
- Hitting Outfielder – Nelson Cruz is batting .397 (31×78) with 12 HR and 23 RBI while in the lineup as the right fielder (20 GS)…in 10 starts at DH is batting .250 (10×40) with 2 HR and 4 RBI.
- Extra Innings – Mariners lead the AL with 6 extra-inning games (3-3 record).
- Walk-Offs – Seattle is tied with Pittsburgh for the MLB lead with 5 walk-off losses.
- Save It – Fernando Rodney is 5th in the AL with 8 saves…141 saves since 2012 2nd-most in MLB.
- Looking for the Slam – The Mariners have not hit a grand slam since Sept. 28, 2013 (127 PA since)…2nd-longest streak in club history behind a 133 PA streak from 1979-1981.
- Iron Man – Kyle Seager has played in 156 consecutive games, 4th-longest active streak in MLB.
- Mixing & Matching – The Mariners have used 24 different batting orders in 29 games.
FELIX STRIKEOUT FACTS…Felix Hernandez has struck out 1,995 batters in his Major League career, 1,466 of which were swinging K’s and 529 looking…the players he has struck out the most in his career are Torii Hunter (22), Curtis Granderson (21) and Josh Hamilton (21)…1,052 of his strikeouts have come at Safeco Field (946 on the road)…362 of his strikeouts have been on 3 pitches.
CHASING 2,000…Felix Hernandez is 5 strikeouts short of 2,000 for his career…will be 29 years old, 32 days today, and if he reaches the milestone, will become the 4th-youngest pitcher to record his 2,000th strikeouts…the current top 5 for youngest to reach 2,000 K’s is Bert Blyleven (28.097), Sam McDowell (28.228), Walter Johnson (28.235), Nolan Ryan (29.213) and Sandy Koufax (29.241).
SWEEPING SUCCESS…Seattle has a chance to sweep this 3-game set against Oakland with a win today…it would be the first of any kind since sweeping a 3-game set in Seattle Aug. 1-3, 2011.
AIN’T NO JULIO CESAR…Seattle’s hitters are hitting a combined .360 (27×75) with 4 doubles, 4 home runs and 19 RBI against Oakland starter Jesse Chavez…Nelson Cruz is 3×5 with a double, 2 home runs and 6 RBI and Kyle Seager and Rickie Weeks have both collected home runs against him…for complete head-to-head stats, please see page 4 of the notes.
THANKS MOM…Seattle is 21-16 all-time on Mother’s Day, including winning 8 of last 10…
Mariners are 13-9 in Mother’s Day games in Seattle, winning 4 of last 6.
THINK PINK…during games played today on Mother’s Day, several Mariners and MLB players will swing pink bats and wear pink cleats to support breast cancer awareness…in addition, players will wear pink wristbands and ribbons will be displayed on player uniforms, as well as on-field personnel…the breast cancer awareness theme will be carried throughout the game, including baseballs with pink lettering, pink ribbon logos on the bases and commemorative home plates, and lineup cards.
BULLPEN BULLIES…Seattle’s bullpen has allowed just 1 run in the last 10.0 innings over the last two games including 6.0 shutout frames on Friday…over the 7 previous games (April 30-May 6), the bullpen posted a 6.32 ERA (11 ER, 15.2 IP).
FAST TO 100…manager Lloyd McClendon won his 100th game with the Mariners last night in his 192nd game with the team…his 100th win in game 192 is the second fastest by a Mariners manager behind Bob Melvin who won his 100th game on April 27, 2004 in game #182.
MORE-ISSON…Logan Morrison is hitting .395 (15×38) with 7 runs, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 4 home runs, 7 RBI and a 1.307 OPS in his last 10 games (since April 29)… his .842 slugging percentage in that span is 3rd in the Majors behind Toronto’s Russell Martin (.971) & Washington’s Bryce Harper (.919).
THAT WAS CLOSE…the Mariners lead the Majors with 14 games (out of 30) decided by one run…Seattle is 7-7 in one-run games…7 of last 9 (and 8 of last 11) games have been decided by one run.
FELIX & HAPP…AND THE REST…the Mariners are a combined 10-2 when Felix Hernandez (6-0 record) & J.A. Happ (4-2 record) take the mound, and 3-15 with the rest of the starting pitchers…only wins in non Felix & Happ starts are 5/8 vs. OAK (Walker), 4/27 at TEX (Walker) & 4/19 vs. TEX (Paxton).
CLOSE GAMES…27 of 30 games have been decided by 3 or fewer runs, and the Mariners finally won their first game last night by a margin of 4+ runs…were the only team this season to not record a win by at least a 4-run margin…overall are 7-7 in 1-run games (3-0 at home, 4-7 on road) and 3-5 in 2-run games (2-5 at home, 1-0 on road)…Mariners lead the Majors with 14 one-run games and 22 games decided by 2 or fewer runs.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS…
Felix Hernandez has won 6 straight decisions since last season, tied for 4th-longest streak of career…last won 6 straight in 2013 (May 30-July 21)…won career-high 9 straight twice in his career, the last coming June 23-Aug. 27, 2012.
Robinson Canó is tied for A.L. lead with 11 doubles with Yoenis Cespedes.
Nelson Cruz leads MLB with 14 HR…Bryce Harper (WAS) has 11 while Todd Frazier (CIN), Hanley Ramirez (BOS) & Mark Teixeira (NYY) are 3rd with 10 HR.
Lloyd McClendon won his 100th game as Mariners manager last night.
TODAY IN MARINERS HISTORY (May 10):
- 1988 – Mark Langston collected a club-record 16 strikeouts in a 4-2 win at Toronto.
- 1989 – Mark Langston had a perfect game through six innings. Langston had a no-hitter through eight innings. In what he would call “my toughest loss ever” Langston lost a perfect game, a no-hitter, a shutout, and a win in the span of three innings. Langston lost his bid to become the first Mariners pitcher to throw a no-hitter when Blue Jays pinch-hitter Tom Lawless singled off him to lead off the 9th inning. Then the hits came and the runs followed. Six batters after Lawless, the Jays had won the game, 3-2.
- 1997 – Joey Cora raps his eighth consecutive hit in a 3-2, 11 inning win at Baltimore.
- 2002 – Right-hander Rafael Soriano makes his ML debut, tossing 3.0 shutout innings vs. Boston to earn the save.
- 2003 – Edgar Martinez homers on a 3-0 count, marking the Mariners homer to occur on a 3-0 count since Glenallen Hill did it on June 9, 1998 at San Francisco.
- 2010 – The Mariners defeated the Los Angeles Angels 8-1, snapping an 8 game losing streak. The streak tied the longest in Safeco Field history, and tied for second for the clubs all time losing streak. The last 8 game losing streak happened in 2008.
TOMORROW IN MARINERS HISTORY (May 11):
- 1984 – The Mariners defeated the New York Yankees, 4-3, in a 17-inning marathon at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees scored an unearned run in the 9th to tie the score at two. Each club scored in the 14th, but Jack Perconte’s sacrifice fly scored Darnell Coles with the game’s winning run in the 17th.
- 1991 – Henry Cotto hit an inside-the-park HR off Baltimore’s Jose Mesa in the Kingdome but the Mariners lose 11-5.
- 1996 – Jay Buhner went 4-4, homered twice and drove in a career-best six runs in an 11-1 win vs. Kansas City.
- 2014 – Dustin Ackley recorded the first multi-HR game of his career in the Mariners 9-7 loss vs. the Royals on Mother’s Day.