Seattle is looking for its first sweep of the season


Mariners starters did not earn a win in the first 9 games of the season

AS YOU KNOW…Felix Hernandez is 11-3 in Oakland…BUT DID YOU KNOW?…that his 11 career wins at Oakland Coliseum rank T2nd all-time by a visiting pitcher?…he’s tied with Baltimore’s Mike Flanagan…with his next win at Oakland, Felix will tie Tommy John (CWS, NYY & LAA) for most career wins by a visiting player in Oakland…Jamie Moyer ranks T4th with 10 wins (8 with SEA & 2 with BAL)…Randy Johnson ranks T7th with 9 wins as a visitor in Oakland (5 with SEA, 2 with NYY, 1 with ARI & 1 with SFG).

TODAY’S TILT…the Mariners continue a 7-game, two-city road trip with the final of three games against Oakland (2-0)…will also play at Houston (4 G) on this trip…on recently concluded homestand, took 2-of-3 from AL West rival the Houston Astros, before taking two of three from the Kansas City Royals…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…the Mariners are 10-4 in their last 14 games, 13-5 in their last 18…are 13-5 since a 5-game losing streak…are 5-7 at home, but 10-4 on the road.

·         Runs/Game – the Mariners are averaging 4.35 runs per game, ranking 4th in the American League.

·         Goodbye Baseball – The Mariners homered in 9 straight games April 21-30, their longest streak this season…their 18 home runs since April 21 rank T1st in the AL & T2nd in MLB.

·         For Openers – the Mariners are 5-4 in the first game of a series; 10-7 in all other games.

·         Batting Around – the Mariners have batted around (10 men to plate) once this season (4/5 at TEX).

SWEEPING SUCCESS…Seattle is looking for its first sweep of the season…3 of the past 6 series between Seattle and Oakland have been sweeps (Seattle Sweeps: May 8-10, 2015 in Seattle, Sept. 4-6, 2015 in Oakland…Oakland Sweep: April 8-10, 2016).

POWER CONTINUES, AVERAGE RISES…Robinson Canó hit his 9th home run of the season last night, but his average is what has been climbing…in his last 8 games, he’s hitting .375 (12×32) with 6 runs, 2 doubles, 3 home runs, 11 RBI and a 1.131 OPS…the 8-game run has raised his average to .267 on the season…in his first 18 games, he hit .219 (16×73) with 10 runs, 3 doubles, 6 home runs and 14 RBI.

SEAGER SWINGING…Kyle Seager has hit safely in 7 of his last 9 games since April 24…during the 9-game span, he’s hitting .290 (9×31) with 6 runs, 4 doubles, 4 home runs, 11 RBI and a 1.178 OPS…in his first 16 games of the season, he hit .127 (8×63) with 9 runs, 2 doubles, 2 home runs, 6 RBI and a .479 OPS.

STARTING THINGS UP…Mariners starters did not earn a win in the first 9 games of the season…Nathan Karns collected the first win for the rotation on April 15 at New York-AL and since then, the starters have notched wins in 10 of the 12 Mariners wins, while posting a 2.83 ERA (34 ER, 108.0 IP)…in that span, Karns has 3 wins, Felix Hernandez, Wade Miley & Taijuan Walker each have two & Hisashi Iwakuma has one.

GETTING SERIE-OUS…the Mariners have won 6 straight series (2-1 at NYY, 2-1 at CLE, 2-1 at LAA, 2-1 vs. HOU, 2-1 vs. KC, 2-0 at OAK) and have won 7 of 9 series overall this season…the Mariners last won at least 6 straight series when they won 6 consecutive series from May 18-June 5, 2011…in that stretch: vs. LAA: 2-0, at SD: 3-0, at MIN: 2-1, vs. NYY: 2-1, vs. BAL: 2-1, vs. TB: 3-1.

COLISEUM SUCCESS…the Mariners are 21-11 at the Oakland Coliseum since the start of the 2013 season, including 6 straight wins…the .656 winning percentage in that span is the best by any visiting team at the Oakland Coliseum, ahead of Texas (18-10/.643)…the 6-game win streak is the 2nd-longest by the Mariners in Oakland, trailing only an 8-game streak July 6, 2007-April 17, 2008…the current win streak began July 5, 2015 and included a three-game sweep Sept. 4-6, 2015…Seattle was 7-3 against the A’s in Oakland last season…Seattle is undefeated in its last 6 series in Oakland (5-0-1) and have not lost a series in Oakland since April 3, 5-6, 2014 (2nd game postponed due to poor field conditions).

KEEPING THINGS CLOSE…of the last 14 games at the Coliseum between these two clubs, seven games have been decided by one run, including two of the last three…nine of those 14 games have been decided by three runs or less…Seattle is 7-0 in the last seven games decided by one run at the Coliseum.

BULLPEN BULLIES…Seattle’s bullpen has posted a 1.69 ERA (9 ER, 48.0 IP) with 53 strikeouts in its last 17 games since April 13…in that span, the bullpen has the 2nd-best ERA in Majors behind Chicago-AL (1.62), and ahead of Oakland (2.29) & Baltimore (2.35)…overall, Seattle’s bullpen has a 2.47 ERA (20 ER, 73.0 IP), which ranks 4th in the Majors behind Chicago-AL (1.58), Baltimore (2.18) and Oakland (2.46)…four Mariners relievers have ERA’s under 2.50: Steve Cishek (0.75), Nick Vincent (1.74), Vidal Nuno (2.16) and Joel Peralta (2.45)…Tony Zych – on DL (3.00) and Mike Montgomery (3.09) are right behind.

ROAD TRIPPIN’…Nelson Cruz is 4-for-8 this series and has hit safely in his last 7 road games…overall on the road, he’s hitting .352 (19×54) with 8 runs, 4 doubles, 3 home runs, 9 RBI and a 1.012 OPS in 14 games…his .352 batting average is the 6th-best road average in the American League.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN…the Mariners are 10-4 on the road this season,  the best record in the A.L. ahead of Chicago (12-5), Detroit (9-5) and Boston (9-5)…Seattle has won all 5 road series this season, winning two of three at Texas, at New York-AL, at Cleveland, at Los Angeles-AL and taking the first two at Oakland…last time Seattle won 5 straight road series to open a season was a 7-series streak in 2001.

KUMA & THE KING… Hisashi Iwakuma & Felix Hernandez are a combined 15-4 with a 2.70 ERA (56 ER, 186.1 IP) with 146 strikeouts in 27 starts in Oakland…Felix is 11-3 with 2.67 ERA (46 ER, 155.0 IP) with 126 strikeouts in 22 starts here, while Iwakuma is 4-1 with 2.87 ERA (10 ER, 31.1 IP) with 20 K’s in 5 starts.

ELITE 2B… Robinson Canó recorded his 450th career double in the 4th inning Monday night…he became the 5th second baseman in Major League history with 2,000 hits, 450 doubles, 200 home runs and 1,000 RBI…he joins Roberto Alomar, Craig Biggio, Jeff Kent and Rogers Hornsby.

A-OAK-I STREAKING…Norichika Aoki has hit safely in all 14 career games against Oakland (with an at-bat)…in 15 career games against the A’s is hitting .339 (19×56) with 8 runs, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 6 RBI and a .403 on-base percentage…the 14-game hitting streak is tied for the longest active hitting streak against Oakland with Boston’s Dustin Pedroia (14) and ahead of Chicago-AL’s Jose Abreu (13).

Today in Mariners History (May 4):

  1985 – Toronto’s George Bell broke up Matt Young’s shutout bid with a 9th inning home run as the Mariners defeated the Blue Jays, 8-1, in the Dome. 

·         2015 – Nelson Cruz, Logan Morrison and Seth Smith each hit solo home runs as the Mariners snapped a four-game losing streak with a 3-2 win at Anaheim…Cruz’s home run was his 14th of the season, matching the most by a player after 26 games…Felix Hernandez recorded 8 strikeouts to become the all-time strikeout leader by a Venezuelan-born pitcher with 1,995…Hernandez earned the win to move to 5-0 for the first time in his career.

·         2015 – Nelson Cruz selected as American League Player of the Month for April. In 22 games in April, Cruz hit .322 (28×87) with 10 home runs, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 22 RBI and slugged .724.

·         2015 – Austin Jackson placed on the 15-day DL with a right ankle sprain.

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