Upcoming Probable Starting Pitchers:
|Saturday, 7/25||1:10 pm||TOR||LHP J.A. Happ (4-5, 4.12)||RHP Drew Hutchison (9-2, 5.19)|
|Sunday, 7/26||1:10 pm||TOR||RHP Taijuan Walker (7-7, 5.06)||LHP Mark Buehrle (11-5, 3.23)|
|Monday, 7/27||7:10 pm||ARI||LHP Mike Montgomery (4-4, 3.25)||LHP Robbie Ray (3-5, 2.72)|
|Tuesday, 7/28||7:10 pm||ARI||RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (2-1, 4.50)||RHP Zack Godley (1-0, 0.00)|
|Wednesday, 7/29||12:40 pm||ARI||RHP Felix Hernandez (12-5, 2.69)||LHP Patrick Corbin (1-3, 3.68)|
Today’s Game Notes (also attached as PDF):
AS YOU KNOW…Robinson Canó is hitting .349 (29×83) this month…BUT DID YOU KNOW?…that as a team, the Mariners are hitting .264 (182×690) during the month of July, which is the 4th-best in the American League?…Seattle trails just the Tigers (.289), Royals (.281) & Angels (.281) in batting average this month…this is the highest batting average month for Seattle since July 2013 (.264)…also enjoying a productive July: Kyle Seager (.317/26×82), Nelson Cruz (.316/25×79), Mark Trumbo (.316/18×57) & Seth Smith (.304/14×46).
TODAY’S TILT… the Mariners continue their first homestand following the All-Star break hosting the Toronto Blue Jays in the second of three games (1-0) before hosting the Arizona Diamondbacks (3 games)…coming off a 3-4 road trip against the New York Yankees (1-2) and Detroit Tigers (2-2)…today’s game will be televised in the Mariners TV market on ROOT SPORTS and on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network.
ODDS AND ENDS…are 5-6 in last 11, 8-8 in last 16, 11-10 in last 21 and 15-16 in last 31 games…21-27 at Safeco Field…24-25 on the road, including 18-14 in last 32 road contests (started 6-11 on the road)…9-15-7 in series played.
- Cruz Leader – Nelson Cruz is amongst AL leaders: T4th in AL in HR (24), T3rd in SLG (.554), 3rd in OPS (.929), T5th in multi-hit games (33), 8th in average (.307), T11th in RBI (57), T11th in XBH (40).
- OF vs. DH – Nelson Cruz has hit 19 of his 24 HR playing RF (.347/69×199)…in 41 G as DH (.248/5 HR).
- Close Games – Lead MLB with 56 of 97 games decided by 2 or fewer runs (19-17 in 1-run games).
- Last At-Bat – 15 defeats in final at-bat, most in AL…2nd in AL with 6 walk-off losses (TB-7).
- Extra Innings – Mariners lead the American League with 12 extra-inning games (6-6).
- Miller Time – Brad Miller is tied for AL lead by shortstops with 8 home runs (Semien & Correa).
- Runs via HR – Scored 158 of 347 total runs via a home run (45.5%)…4th-highest percentage of runs scored via HR in MLB: LAD (191 of 409/46.7%), NYY (200 of 435/46.0%), HOU (198 of 435/45.5%).
- Quality Starts – Rank T2nd in the AL with 57 quality starts: LAA (57), OAK (56), CWS (57).
- HR Allowed – Mariners have allowed 89 HR in 75 games since 5/1 (2nd-most in AL – DET 90).
LOU BROWN SAYS…Seattle has won back-to-back games for the first time since June 30-July 1 against the Padres…the Mariners have not won three games in a row since sweeping the Rays in Tampa Bay May 25-27…Seattle has had just 3 winning streaks of 3+ games this season: 4, May 8-12; 3, May 25-27 & April 27-29.
KNOW THY OPPONENT…starter J.A. Happ played for the Astros, Phillies and Blue Jays before joining the Mariners…in his career against those teams he is 7-1 with a 2.45 ERA (17 ER, 62.1 IP) with 46 strikeouts…he is 3-1 against Houston, 3-0 against Philadelphia and 1-0 against Toronto…he tossed a complete game shutout against the Blue Jays on June 27, 2009 in Toronto.
UNDER THE SUN…Seattle will play 3 of the final 5 games this homestand under the sun, including the next two games…the Mariners are 13-17 in day games this season, including 4-7 at home…Seattle has split the last four day games but are 9-17 under the sun after winning the first four day games of the season…Seth Smith’s .957 OPS during day games ranks 9th in the American League.
ON THE MARK…Mark Trumbo is hitting .353 (18×51) with 5 runs, 2 doubles, 2 home runs, 8 RBI, an .400 on-base percentage and a .510 slugging percentage in 16 games since July 4…in his first 22 games with Seattle, hit .139 (11×79) with 2 extra-base hits…overall in July is hitting .316 (18×57)… is hitting .462 (12×26) with 4 runs, 2 doubles, 2 home runs and 6 RBI in his last 8 home games and all three of his home runs with Seattle have come at Safeco Field including 2 in last 4 games.
HITS IN BUNCHES…Nelson Cruz collected 3 hits last night, his 10th game with 3+ hits this season…has four 3+ hit games in his last 12 games including 2 in his last 3 games…is T4th in the American League with 10 games of 3+ hits behind Cleveland’s Jason Kipnis (12), Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera (11) & Kansas City’s Lorenzo Cain (11).
TRENDING UPWARDS…Mike Zunino extended his hitting streak to 5 games last night…during the streak he is hitting .375 (6×16) with 4 doubles and 4 RBI…the 5-game streak is T3rd-longest in his career (5, Aug. 5-11, 2014) and one behind his career best (6, 2x, last: July 18-25, 2014).
CANÓ AT CLEANUP…Robinson Canó has hit cleanup each of the last 5 games, and combined to go 9-for-20 (.450) with a double, a triple, home run and 4 RBI…in 163 career starts batting cleanup Canó is batting .332 (210×633) with 83 extra-base hits (2B-44, 3B-2, HR-37) and 136 RBI…has a .979 OPS as a cleanup hitter, his highest at any spot in the order (.887 batting 7th, .868 batting 5th), & 2nd-best amongst active players: Miguel Cabrera (.989) & Albert Pujols (.974) – min. 500 PA as No. 4 hitter.
HEATING UP…Robinson Canó has hit 7 of his season total 9 home runs over his last 27 games (since 6/22)…hit 2 home runs in first 67 games of the season…in 20 games this month is batting .349 (29×83) with 16 runs scored, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 5 home runs and 14 RBI (1.008 OPS)…over his last 30 games (since 6/19) is batting .317 (38×120) to raise season avg from .237 to .263.
MULTI-HR MADNESS…the Mariners have recorded 10 individual multi-HR games this season (Cruz-4, Seager-2, Canó-1, Zunino-1, Miller-1, Morrison-1), tied for the most in the AL with Toronto.
THE BIG UNIT…Randy Johnson will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame this weekend in Cooperstown…The Big Unit pitched 10 seasons for Seattle from 1989-1998, going 130-74 (.637) with a 3.42 ERA (782 R, 698 ER)…he remains Seattle’s all-time leader in shutouts (19) & strikeouts (2,162), & ranks 3rd in wins (130) & starts (266), & 2nd in complete games (51)…Randy threw the first no-hitter in Mariners history on June 2, 1990 against Detroit…5 of his 10 All-Star seasons were in a Mariners uniform, and he won the first of his 5 Cy Young Awards with Seattle in 1995.
BY THE NUMBERS…
Kyle Seager is hitting .400 (20×50) with 12 runs, 5 doubles, 3 home runs and 5 RBI in 12 games since July 9.
Nelson Cruz is T4th in the American League with 10 games of 3+ hits…the 10 3+ hit games are T2nd-most in his career…had 14 3+ hit games in 2012 with Texas.
Robinson Canó’s 29.1% line drive rate this season ranks 2nd in the American League behind the Angels Mike Trout’s 29.5% line drive rate.
TODAY IN MARINERS HISTORY (July 25):
- 1984 – The Mariners’ Jim Beattie took a one-hitter into the ninth inning at California, but the Angels scored in the bottom of the tenth to defeat Beattie and the Mariners, 1-0. Beattie went the distance (9.2 innings), giving up five hits and fanning 10.
- 1991 – Jay Buhner blasts the longest home run ever hit in New Yankee Stadium. The ball traveled an estimated 479 feet “over the ambulance” in the left-center field entryway.
- 1998 – Edgar Martinez notches his 15th career four-hit game in a 4-2 win at Baltimore.
- 2000 – Jay Buhner launches 2 HR, career #299 & #300, versus Oakland. Number 300 came in the 8th inning off Jason Isringhausen.
- 2010 – Mariners get their 2500th club win with a 4-2 win over Boston.
- 2014 – Felix Hernandez set an American League record and tied a Major League record with Tom Seaver (1971) with 13 consecutive starts allowing 2 or less runs in at least 7.0 innings. The Mariners lost 2-1 in 10 innings vs. the Orioles.
TOMORROW IN MARINERS HISTORY (July 26):
- 1980 – The Mariners rallied and snapped pitcher Dave Stieb’s 23 scoreless innings pitched streak with a 7-2 win over the Blue Jays.
- 2011 – Three Yankees pitchers combined to allow only 1 hit and strikeout 18 in a 4-1 win over the Mariners. Brendan Ryan snapped broke up CC Sabathia’s perfect game with a 1-out single to left field in the top of the 7th inning.
- 2012 – Jason Vargas (8.0 IP, 1 H) and Tom Wilhelmsen (1.0 IP, 1 H) combined on a 2-hitter in a 4-1 win over the Kansas City Royals.
- 2013 – Felix Hernandez carried a shutout into the 9th inning, but allowed a run on a pinch-hit single by Trevor Plouffe to tie the game at 1-1. Minnesota ended up winning 3-2 in 13 innings on a 2-run home run by Chris Colabello. Felix had his string of 24.0 consecutive scoreless innings come to an end, tied for 5th-longest in club history.
- 2014 – Fernando Rodney recorded his 200th career save preserving a 4-3 win over the Orioles. Rodney became the 45th pitcher in MLB history to record 200 saves in a career.