The Mariners are 12-4 in their last 16 games
AS YOU KNOW…Robinson Canó has 14 RBI in four games against the Astros this season…BUT DID YOU KNOW?…that that’s already the 2nd-highest RBI total by a Mariners player against the Astros in a single season?…he trails only Kyle Seager, who drove in 19 vs. Houston during the 2014 season…with last night’s 4 RBI performance, he passed himself for second place on the list (had 13 in 2014).
TONIGHT’S TILT…the Mariners continue a 7-game, two-city road trip with the second of four games against the Houston Astros (1-0)…began the trip by sweeping the Oakland Athletics…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…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…the Mariners are 12-4 in their last 16 games, 15-5 in their last 20…are 15-5 since a 5-game losing streak…are 5-7 at home, but 12-4 on the road.
· Runs/Game – the Mariners are averaging 4.57 runs per game, ranking 2nd in the American League.
· Goodbye Baseball – The Mariners homered in 9 straight games April 21-30, their longest streak this season…their 21 home runs since April 21 rank T1st in the Majors with Arizona (21) & New York-NL (21).
· For Openers – the Mariners are 6-4 in the first game of a series; 11-7 in all other games.
· Batting Around – the Mariners have batted around (10 men to plate) once this season (4/5 at TEX).
DON’T FORGET ABOUT US…while the Mariners boast one of the best bullpens in the league, the starting rotation is also among the league leaders…Seattle’s rotation has the 2nd-best ERA in the American League behind Chicago-AL (3.20) and rank 5th in the Majors…Seattle’s starters are averaging 6.107 innings per start, 2nd-best in the American League behind Toronto (6.344) and ahead of Chicago-AL (6.103).
30 ROCK…Robinson Canó has recorded 30 RBI in the Mariners first 28 games this season…the only Mariners player with more RBI through the team’s first 28 games was Ken Griffey Jr. (33 in 1997)…the Mariners record through the first 29 games of the season is held by Griffey Jr. (34 in 1997).
A-OKAY…Norichika Aoki has posted a .467 on-base percentage in his last 10 games…in that stretch, he’s hitting .281 (9×32) with 9 runs, 1 double, 2 RBI and 12 walks to along with that .467 on-base mark…he began the season hitting .217 (15×69) with a .250 on-base percentage in his first 17 games…on the season, he now has a .333 on-base percentage.
STREAKING VS. ‘STROS…Robinson Canó has a 10-game hitting streak against Houston, in which he’s hitting .429 (18×42) with 4 runs, 1 doubles, 3 home runs, 18 RBI and a 1.111 OPS since Aug. 31, 2015…in 4 games against Houston this season, he’s hitting .471 (8×17) with 2 runs, 1 double, 2 home runs and 14 RBI…the 14 RBI vs. Houston this year are already more than he drove in against any opponent in 2015.
LOOKING FOR FIVE…the Mariners have won a season-high 4 straight games…it is the first 4-game winning streak since winning 5 straight Sept. 1-6, 2015.
MAKING JUICE…Norichika Aoki is hitting .340 (17×50) with 9 runs, 3 doubles, 1 home run and 4 RBI in 14 career games at Minute Maid Park, the 8th-best average among active players.
ROAD WARRIORS…the Mariners are 12-4 on the road, the best record in the American League…the 12 wins through the first 16 road games of the season is T2nd-most in club history…the 12 wins trails only the 2002 club (14 wins) and is tied with the 2001 (12 wins) club…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 sweeping in Oakland…last time Seattle won 5 straight road series to open a season was a 7-series streak in 2001.
2-OUT, SO WHAT?! REVIVAL…of the 9 runs scored by the Mariners in Wednesday’s win in Oakland, 6 were scored with two outs…of the 128 runs scored by Seattle this season, 54 of them have come with two outs (33 with zero outs & 41 with 1 out)…the 54 two-out runs are the most in the American League ahead of Detroit (52) and 5th in the Majors behind St. Louis (67), San Francisco (58), Washington (57) & Chicago (55).
DOUBLE-DIGIT KNOCKS…the Mariners collected a season-high 16 hits Wednesday in Oakland…Seattle has collected at least 12 hits in each of the last four games and have double-digit hits in 6 of the last 9 games (12 double-digit hit games this season)…Seattle is averaging 8.39 hits per game this season… Seattle has recorded 12+ hits in 4 consecutive games on 10 occasions (last: 8/18/07 – 8/21/07 vs. CWS (2) and at MIN (2))…have had 12+ hits in 5 straight games once (8/4/01 – 8/8/01 at CLE (3) and vs. TOR (2)).
K-MARTE…Ketel Marte is hitting .377 (20×53) with 9 runs, 5 doubles, 3 RBI, a .389 on-base percentage and a .472 slugging mark in his last 13 games…he has hit safely in 6 straight and 13 of the last 14 games…he has 6 multi-hit games during this stretch…in his first 13 games of the season, he hit .188 (9×48) with 4 runs, 1 RBI and a .245 on-base mark.
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, 3-0 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…last won 7 straight series was a 14-series win streak July 27-Sept. 20, 2001.
POWER CONTINUES, AVERAGE RISES…Robinson Canó hit his 9th home run of the season Tuesday night, but his average is what has been climbing…in his last 10 games, he’s hitting .405 (17×42) with 7 runs, 3 doubles, 3 home runs, 16 RBI and a 1.122 OPS…the 10-game run has raised his average to .287 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 9 of his last 11 games since April 24…during the 11-game span, he’s hitting .317 (13×41) with 7 runs, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 4 home runs, 12 RBI and 1.134 OPS…in his first 16 games of the season, hit .127 (8×63) with 9 runs, 2 doubles, 2 home runs, 6 RBI and .479 OPS.
BULLPEN BULLIES…Seattle’s bullpen has posted a 1.61 ERA (10 ER, 56.0 IP) with 57 strikeouts in its last 19 games since April 13…in that span, the bullpen has the best ERA in Majors ahead of Chicago-AL (2.15), and Los Angeles-AL (2.67)…overall, Seattle’s bullpen has a 2.33 ERA (21 ER, 81.0 IP), which ranks 2nd in the Majors behind Chicago-AL (2.00)…five Mariners relievers have ERA’s under 3.00: Steve Cishek (0.64), Nick Vincent (1.50), Vidal Nuno (1.93), Mike Montgomery (2.63) and Joel Peralta (2.92).