Game Notes for today’s game vs the Blue Jays

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Upcoming Probable Starting Pitchers:

 

Day Time (PT) Opponent Mariners Opponent
Saturday, 5/23 10:07 am @TOR James Paxton (LHP) Mark Buehrle (LHP)
Sunday, 5/24 10:07 am @TOR Taijuan Walker (RHP) Aaron Sanchez (RHP)
Monday, 5/25 4:10 pm @TB Roenis Elias (LHP) Jake Odorizzi (RHP)
Tuesday, 5/26 4:10 pm @TB J.A. Happ (LHP) Alex Colome (RHP)
Wednesday, 5/27 10:10 am @TB Felix Hernandez (RHP) Chris Archer (RHP)
         

Today’s Game Notes (also attached as PDF):

DID YOU KNOW?…that James Paxton needs just a scoreless first inning today to give him the longest scoreless innings streak in the Majors this season?…Paxton enters today’s game with an active streak of 20.0 innings, tied with Kyle Gibson (MIN) for the longest streak of the year. 

TODAY’S TILT… the Mariners continue a 3-city, 9-game roadtrip with the second of three games here Toronto (1-0)…the trip began with three games in Baltimore (1-2) and also includes Tampa Bay (3 games)…were 6-3 on the just completed homestand, sweeping Oakland (3-0) and splitting with San Diego (1-1) and Boston (2-2)…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.

ODDS AND ENDS…won yest. and have won 8 of last 13 games…season-high 4-game winning streak May 8-12…are 12-11 in last 23 games…18-18 record vs. AL teams, while going 1-4 in Interleague play…4-7-2 in series played, including 6 rubber games (2-4)…have played 25 of 41 games vs. the AL West (13-12 record)…3rd place in AL West (7.0 back of HOU).

  • Hitting Everywhere – Nelson Cruz is batting .385 (42×109) with 15 HR and 30 RBI while in the lineup as the right fielder (28 GS)…in 13 starts at DH is batting .286 (14×49) with 2 HR and 4 RBI.
  • Bring on the East – G#9 of stretch playing 13 straight and 20 of 24 games vs. the AL East (4-4)…were 18-15 vs. the AL East last season, first winning season record vs. the East since 2009 (21-19).
  • Extra Innings – Mariners are tied with Oakland for the AL lead with 6 extra-inning games (3-3).
  • Looking for the Slam – The Mariners have not hit a grand slam since Sept. 28, 2013 (139 PA since)…is the longest streak in club history (prev: 133 PA streak from 1979-1981).
  • Iron Man – Kyle Seager has played in 167 consecutive games, 4th-longest active streak in MLB.
  • Mixing & Matching – The Mariners have used 32 different batting orders in 41 games.
  • Long Stretch – Seattle is in game 11 (5-5) of 26 games in a 27-game stretch, and 42 games in 44 days.

STREAKERJames Paxton enters today game with an active streak of 20.0 consecutive scoreless innings dating back to his final 5.0 innings on May 5 at LAA (followed by 6.0 IP 5/12 vs. SD & 8.0 IP 5/17 vs. BOS)…the 20.0 innings is just the 20th (tied) longest single-season streak in Mariners history but 5.0 shutout innings to start today’s game would jump him all the way up to fifth on the list…Mark Langston holds the club record for consecutive scoreless IP at 34.0 innings, set Sept. 14-29, 1988.

DAY GAME LEADERSeth Smith leads the Majors in batting average during day games, hitting at a .524 (11×21) clip with 5 R, 5 2B, 2 3B, HR, 3 RBI in 7 day games.

HITTING 1000…Nelson Cruz had two hits last night and now has 996 in his career (2005-current).

WILLIE BOOM BOOM…Willie Bloomquist is a career .455 hitter (20-for-45) off today’s starter Mark Buehrle with 8 doubles, 1 triple and 4 RBI.

RARE LEFTY SITING…the start by left-hander Mark Buehrle is the second by a left-hander in the last 4 games but just the third by an opposing left-handed starter in Seattle’s last 21 games…Seattle is 4-5 vs. left-handed starters this season, one of only four AL teams that have had less than 10 games started by opposing LHP.

SIMPLY SEAGER…Kyle Seager has hit in eight straight games, posting a .379 average (11-for-29) with a HR and 2 RBI…he’s also hit in 10 of his last 11 (13×41/.317), and 15 of his last 17 (19×65/.292)…he’s raised his season average from .244 to .265 over the past 18 games (May 3-current).

FOR STARTERS…Over the last 31 days (April 21-current), the Mariners starting pitchers have combined for the lowest ERA in the Majors at 2.98 (57 ER, 172.2 IP) ahead of the Giants (3.15) and Angels (3.21).

ROAD WARRIORNelson Cruz is putting up his own sort of quadruple crown on the road…in his 20 road games this season, Nelson his hitting .403 (31×77), with 13 home runs, a .974 slugging percentage and a 1.433 OPS…the average, homers, slugging and OPS all rank first in the Majors.  

BIRD HUNTINGKyle Seager is batting .323 (31×96) vs. Toronto, including .345 (19×55) with 7 runs scored, 5 doubles, 3 home runs and 9 RBI at the Rogers Centre…among all active players, Seager’s .323 average vs. Toronto is T9th-highest (min. 50 AB).

LEFT IS RIGHTNelson Cruz is 15-for-26/.577 vs. left-handed pitching this season with 2 doubles, a triple and 6 homers…add in his 6 walks (3 IBB) and you get a .656 OBP to go along with a 1.423 slugging percentage (2.079 OPS)…his strikeout in the 1st inning Wednesday was his first vs. a LHP this season, and his first since 9/9/2014, a span of 38 plate appearances.

CRUZIN’Nelson Cruz has had at least one hit in 12 of his last 14 games (.412/21×51) and 16 of 19 games in May (.388/28×71, 15 R, 7 HR, 12 RBI)…overall has recorded at least one hit in 32 of 41 games this season, including a team-high 18 multi-hit games (3rd in AL).

SCORELESS STREAKJames Paxton has strung together 20.0 consecutive scoreless innings, tied for the longest scoreless streak in the Majors this season…the streak is the longest by a Mariners starter since Hisashi Iwakuma also had a 20.0-inning streak July 1-12, 2013…it is the longest by a Mariners left-handed starting pitcher since Erik Bedard had a 20.0-inning streak May 8-31, 2011…the last Mariners starter with a single-season scoreless streak of more than 20.0 innings was Felix Hernandez (24.0, July 8-26, 2013) and Iwakuma (23.2, May 26-June 20, 2013 & 23.0, Sept. 13-25, 2013).

NELSON CLUTCH…Seattle has hit 52 homers this season, but only 13 with runners on base (39 solo shots)…Nelson Cruzhas 4 of Seattle’s 13 multi-run homers, including 3 of the team’s 5 three-run homers. 

SWITCHING THINGS UP…the Mariners radio-TV crew of announcers will do some shifting from time to time this season…while Rick Rizzs anchors the radio booth and Mike Blowers the TV booth, Dave Sims and Aaron Goldsmith will switch seats for approximately 40 games this year…during the current trip Dave will join Rick on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network, and Aaron will team with Mike on ROOT SPORTS Northwest.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

.600 – Seattle is 9-6 (.600) in day games this year.

1.142 – Nelson Cruz leads the American League (2nd in MLB) with a 1.142 OPS.

20.0 – James Paxton has a current streak of 20.0 consecutive scoreless innings.

Mariners, Longest Streaks of Scoreless Innings Pitched  — All-Time 

(Single Seasons Only) 

Player                           Stk   Start             End               

Mark Langston, Sea              34.0   09/14/1988 inn. 1 – 09/29/1988 inn. 8

Randy Johnson, Sea              31.0   05/23/1997 inn. 4 – 06/13/1997 inn. 2

Randy Johnson, Sea              29.0   05/25/1994 inn. 1 – 06/10/1994 inn. 2

Shigetoshi Hasegawa, Sea        28.2   06/03/2003 inn. 8 – 08/17/2003 inn. 9

Edwin Nunez, Sea                24.0   06/09/1985 inn. 7 – 07/09/1985 inn. 10

Jamie Moyer, Sea                24.0   06/21/2002 inn. 1 – 07/06/2002 inn. 1

Tom Wilhelmsen, Sea             24.0   05/25/2012 inn. 8 – 07/20/2012 inn. 13

Felix Hernandez, Sea            24.0   07/08/2013 inn. 6 – 07/26/2013 inn. 8

Hisashi Iwakuma, Sea            23.2   05/26/2013 inn. 3 – 06/10/2013 inn. 2

Mike Moore, Sea                 23.0   06/24/1988 inn. 1 – 07/04/1988 inn. 5

Freddy Garcia, Sea              23.0   09/04/2001 inn. 3 – 09/18/2001 inn. 9

Hisashi Iwakuma, Sea            23.0   09/13/2013 inn. 1 – 09/25/2013 inn. 8

Charlie Furbush, Sea            22.2   05/15/2012 inn. 6 – 06/30/2012 inn. 5

Erik Hanson, Sea                22.1   04/24/1993 inn. 1 – 05/03/1993 inn. 7

Bill Swift, Sea                 22.0   07/26/1990 inn. 3 – 08/11/1990 inn. 6

J.J. Putz, Sea                  22.0   06/04/2007 inn. 9 – 07/20/2007 inn. 9

Felix Hernandez, Sea            22.0   04/17/2009 inn. 3 – 05/04/2009 inn. 3

Mark Langston, Sea              21.0   06/23/1984 inn. 7 – 07/06/1984 inn. 1

Chris Bosio, Sea                21.0   04/18/1993 inn. 4 – 06/01/1993 inn. 1

Freddy Garcia, Sea              20.2   06/26/2001 inn. 5 – 07/06/2001 inn. 9

Gil Meche, Sea                  20.1   04/17/2003 inn. 6 – 05/04/2003 inn. 4

Randy Johnson, Sea              20.0   05/11/1993 inn. 3 – 05/21/1993 inn. 6

Aaron Sele, Sea                 20.0   07/08/2001 inn. 8 – 07/25/2001 inn. 3

Joel Pineiro, Sea               20.0   06/28/2002 inn. 6 – 07/11/2002 inn. 8

Erik Bedard, Sea                20.0   05/08/2011 inn. 5 – 05/31/2011 inn. 5

Felix Hernandez, Sea            20.0   06/23/2012 inn. 2 – 07/03/2012 inn. 5

Hisashi Iwakuma, Sea            20.0   07/01/2014 inn. 2 – 07/12/2014 inn. 8

James Paxton, Sea               20.0   05/05/2015 inn. 2 – ** ACTIVE **

TODAY IN MARINERS HISTORY (May 23):

  • 1985 – Ken Phelps’ 3rd-inning grand slam off veteran Phil Niekro powered the Mariners to a 6-4 win over the New York Yankees at the Kingdome.
  • 1988 – Alvin Davis hit his fifth home run in five consecutive Kingdome games off Boston’s Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd.
  • 1993 – Lou Piniella collects career win #500, with a 10-7 victory at Kansas City.
  • 1994 – Ken Griffey Jr breaks Mickey Mantle’s 1956 M.L. record for HR’s through May 31 with HR #21 vs. James Hurst of Texas (finishes May with 22 HR).
  • 1998 – Mariners pitcher Ken Cloude strikes out 11 in 7.0 IP.  He is the first Mariners right-hander with 10+ strikeouts since May of 1993.
  • 1999 – David Bell hits 13th HR, at KC, to establish new team record for 2B.
  • 2000 – Rickey Henderson joins Babe Ruth and Ted Williams by notching career walk #2,000.
  • 2003 – Mike Cameron records first ever-unassisted double play by Mariners outfielder.  He is the second outfielder in the American League to do it since 1974 (also Brian McRae, August 23, 1992 with Kansas City at Chicago).
  • 2011 – The Mariners scored 3 runs in the 8th and 9th innings, including a game-tying RBI single by rookie Carlos Peguero with 2 outs in the 9th, and plated the winning run in the 10th inning in a 8-7 comeback win over the Twins.
  • 2012 – Alex Liddi went 2-for-3 and hit his first career grand slam in the Mariners 5-3 win over the Rangers to secure a 2-1 series victory. Liddi became the second MLB player from Italy to hit a grand slam, and the first since Reno Bertoia in 1958. Kevin Millwood fired 6.0 scoreless to win his third straight start, extending his scoreless streak to 17.0 consecutive innings (2nd-longest of his career).
  • 2014 – Willie Bloomquist went 1-for-3 with 3 RBI, hitting his first home run since Aug. 10, 2011. He broke a span of 626 at-bats and 663 plate appearances without a homer. The Mariners beat the Astros 6-1 behind 8.0 strong innings from Felix Hernandez (9 SO, 5 H, 1 R).

TOMORROW IN MARINERS HISTORY (May 24):

  • 1992 – The Mariners scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat Cleveland 5-4 in the Dome.  Bert Heffernan knocked in his first ML RBI to start the rally, then, with two outs pinch-hitter Kevin Mitchell ripped a shot down the leftfield line to score the tying and winning runs.                         
  • 1995 – Mike Blowers etches his name in the Mariners’ record book alongside Alvin Davis as the only players in Seattle history to have 8 RBI in a game. Mike had a club-record four extra base hits, including his first HR of the season. He entered the game batting .118.
  • 1996 – Ken Griffey Jr. hit three HR and drove in five runs in a 10-4 win vs. New York.
  • 1998 – Randy Johnson strikes out 15 in a 3-1 victory vs. Tampa Bay.  The win snaps a five-game losing streak.
  • 1999 – Ken Griffey Jr. sets career-high with 13-game hitting streak.
  • 2002 – Mark McLemore homered in the 5th inning vs. Baltimore to give him a 12-game hitting streak, tying his career high (done two other times).
  • 2007 – With his 3-for-6 performance, which includes a home run, Ichiro Suzuki collects 1,414 hits in his first 1,000 games in the major leagues. The Mariners’ outfielder total during this span is second only to Hall of Famer Al Simmons who collected 1,443 hits playing for the Philadelphia A’s.

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