Upcoming Probable Starting Pitchers:
|Saturday, 5/16||6:10 pm||BOS||RHP Felix Hernandez (6-0, 1.85)||RHP Rick Porcello (3-2, 4.50)|
|Sunday, 5/17||1:10 pm||BOS||LHP James Paxton (1-2, 4.31)||RHP Steven Wright (1-0, 4.22)|
|Monday, 5/18||OFF DAY|
|Tuesday, 5/19||4:05 pm||@BAL||RHP Taijuan Walker (1-4, 7.22)||TBA|
|Wednesday, 5/20||4:05 pm||@BAL||LHP Roenis Elias (0-1, 3.24)||TBA|
|Thursday, 5/21||9:35 am||@BAL||LHP J.A. Happ (3-1, 2.98)||TBA|
Tonight’s Game Notes (also attached as PDF):
AS YOU KNOW…Felix Hernandez is a perfect 6-0 this season and the Mariners are 7-0 in his starts…BUT DID YOU KNOW?…that with a win today Felix will become the second starting pitcher in club history to open a season at least 7-0?…he will join Aaron Sele, who opened the record-setting 2001 season 8-0 (finished 15-5).
TONIGHT’S TILT…the Mariners continue a 9-game homestand tonight with the third (1-1) of four games vs. the Boston Red Sox…are 5-2 on the homestand, sweeping Oakland (3-0) and splitting a pair with San Diego (1-1)…following this series, Seattle will travel to Baltimore (3 games), Toronto (3 games) and Tampa Bay (3 games)…tonight’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.
ODDS AND ENDS…won last night to snap mini 2-game losing streak, and have won 5 of last 7 games…season-high 4-game winning streak May 8-12…are 9-8 in last 17 games…15-15 record vs. AL teams, while going 1-4 in Interleague play…4-6-1 in series played, including 5 rubber games (2-3)…opened season with 12 of 18 games at Safeco Field…have played 26 of 35 games vs. the AL West (13-12 record)…3rd place in AL West (6.5 back of HOU).
- The King – Felix Hernandez is 6-0, 1.85 ERA in 7 starts this season (SEA is 7-0)…6th in AL w/50 K’s.
- Hitting Everywhere – Nelson Cruz is batting .383 (36×94) with 13 HR and 26 RBI while in the lineup as the right fielder (24 GS)…in 11 starts at DH is batting .302 (13×43) with 2 HR and 4 RBI.
- Extra Innings – Mariners are tied with Oakland for the MLB lead with 6 extra-inning games (3-3).
- Looking for the Slam – The Mariners have not hit a grand slam since Sept. 28, 2013 (131 PA since)…2nd-longest streak in club history behind a 133 PA streak from 1979-1981.
- Iron Man – Kyle Seager has played in 161 consecutive games, 4th-longest active streak in MLB.
- Mixing & Matching – The Mariners have used 27 different batting orders in 35 games.
- Long Stretch – Seattle is in game 4 (2-2) of 26 games in a 27-game stretch, and 42 games in 44 days.
- Scoreless – James Paxton has tossed 12.0 consecutive scoreless innings over his last 2 starts; is tied with Felix Hernandez for the longest scoreless innings streak by a Mariners pitcher this season.
TURN IT BACK…the Mariners and Red Sox will Turn Back the Clock to 1946 today, donning the duds of the Seattle Steelheads and the Boston Royal Giants…the Steelheads were members of the short-lived West Coast Negro Baseball League, which formed in 1946.
WALK-OFF WINNER…the Mariners defeated the Red Sox 2-1 last night on a walk-off single by Nelson Cruz…already the third walk-off win for the Mariners this season, after having only two all of last season and three in 2013…Cruz has a pair of walk-off hits this season (both singles) and 7 in his career.
START IT UP…over the last 10 games (6-4 record), the starting pitching has combined for a 2.27 ERA (16 ER, 63.1 IP) with 53 strikeouts (7.5 K/9.0 IP)…during this stretch has lowered the rotation ERA from 4.71 (11th in AL) to current mark of 3.97 (6th in AL)…2.27 ERA since March 4 is 2nd-best in the Majors behind the Angels (2.26).
2,001 (AND COUNTING)…in his last start, Felix Hernandez recorded his 2,000th career strikeout becoming the 4th-youngest pitcher to reach the milestone…became the 73rd pitcher in MLB history to record 2,000 strikeouts in a career, and is currently 11 strikeouts behind Hall of Famer Catfish Hunter for 71st on the all-time list.
SIMPLY SEAGER…Kyle Seager was 1-for-3 last night, and is now a career .360 hitter vs. the Red Sox (36×100)…he has 3 doubles, 1 triple, 5 home runs and 16 RBI in 26 career games against Boston.
MILLER TIME…Brad Miller is 6-for-14 (.429) with 3 runs, 3 doubles and a home run (2 RBI) over his last 4 games…he’s had 2 starts as the DH, 1 start in LF and one start at SS during this stretch, after appearing in 201 of his first 228 games as a shortstop, and making an additional 13 starts at 2B.
QUALITY…the Mariners starting staff enters tonight’s game with a streak of 10 consecutive starts in which the starting pitcher has allowed 3 ER or less…notched a quality start in 8 of last 10 games.
CRUZIN’…Nelson Cruz has had at least one hit in each of his last 8 games, batting .467 (14×30) during the streak…has a 10-game hit streak against Boston (.364/16×44) dating back to last season.
THE FIRST 35…in his first 35 games as a Mariner, Nelson Cruz has hit an American League-leading .358 with 15 home runs and 30 RBI…Cruz’s 15 home runs are tied with Ken Griffey Jr. (15 in 1997) for the most homers in the first 35 games of a Mariners season, and his 30 RBI are 8th-most.
DRESS TO THE NINES…the Mariners will wear four different uniforms for the four-game series vs. the Red Sox…wore the home whites Thursday, NW Green last night, throwback Seattle Steelheads uniformstonight and the throwback cream uniforms Sunday.
SODO LOMO…Logan Morrison entered play on April 29 hitting .149 (10×67), but went 4-for-5 with a double and 2 RBI at Texas that day, jump-starting a 15-game binge that has seen him hit .333 (18-for-54) with 9 runs scored, 3 doubles, a triple, 5 home runs and 9 RBI to go along with 9 walks…he’s getting on base at a .429 clip and slugging .704 over that stretch (1.132 OPS)…Morrison has raised his season batting average from .149 to .231 with the hot streak.
HOT AT HOME…Brad Miller, Nelson Cruz, Robinson Canó and Seth Smith are all hitting over .300 in Safeco Field…Miller is pacing the club, boasting a .361 (22×61) average, while Cruz checks in at .338 (25×75), Canó at .320 (24×75) and Smith at .308 (16×52).
CLOSE GAMES…31 of Seattle’s 35 games have been decided by 3 or fewer runs…overall are 9-8 in 1-run games (5-1 at home, 4-7 on road) and 3-6 in 2-run games (2-6 at home, 1-0 on road)…Mariners lead the Majors with 17 one-run games and 26 games decided by 2 or fewer runs.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS…
The Seattle Steelheads played one season in the West Coast Negro Baseball League.
Nelson Cruz leads the American League (2nd in MLB) with a 1.139 OPS.
Walk-off wins by the Mariners this season, passing the total from 2014 (2).
Felix Hernandez has won each of his last 5 starts (5-0, 1.47 ERA)…3rd time in his career to win 5 consecutive starts (last: May 12-June 2, 2014).
TODAY IN MARINERS HISTORY (May 16):
- 1978 – Ruppert Jones tied a then M.L. record with 12 putouts by a center fielder in an extra-inning game, during a 4-2 loss at Detroit.
- 1989 – Ken Griffey Jr. Makes his first M.L. pinch-hit appearance count as he hits a game winning two-run HR off Bill Wegman of Milwaukee at the Kingdome.
- 1992 -Ken Griffey Jr. was 2-for-4 with a double, HR and 3 RBI. His offense led the Mariners as they scored 4 runs in the seventh inning to knock off Toronto in the SkyDome, 7-6.
- 1993 – Randy Johnson, trying for his second-career no-hitter, throws 8.1 innings of no-hit ball before Lance Blankenship bloops a single into right field. Johnson ends up with his second-career one-hitter and the win against Oakland snapped Seattle’s 16-game losing streak in the Coliseum.
- 1998 – Alex Rodriguez has his fifth career two-home run game in an 8-1 win at Toronto.
- 2001 – Paul Abbott strikes out ten White Sox, marking the first time Abbott has pitched a 10+ strike out game since his career high 12 K’s Aug. 23, 1999 vs. Cleveland.
- 2002 – Mark McLemore ties a career-high and also ties a (then) Mariners club record with five hits in Seattle’s 15-2 win at Toronto.
- 2003 – Ichiro belts a second inning double at Comerica Park to collect his 500th career hit.
TOMORROW IN MARINERS HISTORY (May 17):
- 1977 – Catcher Skip Jutze hit the first grand slam in Mariner history in a 10-2 win vs. Baltimore.
- 1985 – Mariner second baseman Jack Perconte ended the Major Leagues longest home run drought (by a non-pitcher) with his first career home run in 990 at-bats. But it wasn’t enough as six Baltimore first-inning runs powered the Birds to an 11-3 win at the Kingdome.
- 1990 – Brian Giles goes 3×4 with two home runs (including a grand slam) and 7 RBI and the Mariners scored nine in the 3rd on their way to a 14-0 lead and an eventual 14-6 win.
- 1992 – Seattle scores three runs on solo HRs, including two by Edgar Martinez. Martinez and Henry Cotto hit back-to-back, two-out home runs in the eighth inning off Jimmy Key and the Mariners beat Toronto in the SkyDome 3-2. Martinez had also homered in the sixth inning to start the Mariners scoring.
- 1993 – Mike Blowers becomes the 13th-player in Major League history to hit grand slam home runs in two consecutive games. He hit the first off Bobby Witt at Oakland May 16 and the second off Criag Lefferts May 17 at Texas. Seattle finished with a club-record 23 hits and tied the team mark with 16 runs in a 16-9 win.
- 1996 – Seattle records 13 runs on 21 hits but lose 14-13 on Chris Hoile’s 2-out grand slam on a 3-2 pitch in the bottom of the 9th at Baltimore.
- 1999 – Edgar Martinez goes 3×3 with 2 HR and team record 5 runs scored vs. Minnesota; Butch Huskey hits GSHR.
- 2000 – John Halama needs just 87 pitches and tosses his 2nd career complete game. Just one runner reached 2nd base. The 87 pitches is the lowest amount tossed of any complete game in 2000.
- 2000 – Pat Gillick announces that the club has signed free agent Rickey Henderson to a one-year deal with an option for the 2001 season.
- 2002 – Jeff Nelson, on the DL after having bone chips removed from his right elbow, puts the bone chips up for auction on Ebay.
- 2003 – Ichiro hits his first leadoff home run in 2003, his seventh career leadoff home run.
- 2003 – Bret Boone hits two home runs in Comerica. He has now homered in every open American League Park.
- 2010 – Cliff Lee pitches a complete game, only to get a loss. He struck out 10, and was the first since Freddy Garcia in 1999 to pitch a complete game with at least 10 strikeouts and receive the loss.