Mariners boast one of the best bullpens in the league
AS YOU KNOW…Robinson Canó has an 11-game hitting streak against Houston…BUT DID YOU KNOW?…that his .354 batting average against the Astros is the 3rd-best among active players?…he trails only Cincinnati’s Joey Votto (.363) and Boston’s Hanley Ramirez (.361)…in his career against the Astros, is hitting .354 (74×209) with 31 runs, 10 doubles, 1 triple, 6 home runs and 43 RBI in 54 games…his .354 mark is his best against any opponent (min. 50 AB)…and trails only his averages against Washington (.409/18×44), Pittsburgh (.400/16×40) and Cincinnati (.379/11×29).
TONIGHT’S TILT…the Mariners continue a 7-game, two-city road trip with the third of four games against the Houston Astros (1-1)…began the trip by sweeping the Oakland Athletics…after this series, Seattle will return home for a 2-team, 6-game homestand against Tampa Bay (Mon-Wed) and Los Angeles-AL (Fri-Sun)…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 12-5 in their last 17 games, 15-6 in their last 21…are 15-6 since a 5-game losing streak…are 5-7 at home, but 12-5 on the road.
· Runs/Game – the Mariners are averaging 4.52 runs per game, ranking 3rd 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 T3rd in the Majors behind Arizona (22) & Toronto (22).
· For Openers – the Mariners are 6-4 in the first game of a series; 11-8 in all other games.
· Batting Around – the Mariners have batted around (10 men to plate) once this season (4/5 at TEX).
GETTING ON…over the last 11 games, the Mariners feature 5 players who are getting on base at a .400+ clip, led by Norichika Aoki (.422) and followed by Robinson Canó (.417), Nelson Cruz (.404), Ketel Marte (.400) and Kyle Seager (.400)…on the season, the Mariners .321 on-base average is 4th in the American League…since April 21, Seattle has a .356 on-base mark, hitting .276 (140×508) with 82 runs, 21 doubles, 2 triples, 21 home runs, 79 RBI, 57 walks and an .805 OPS.
DALLAS, YOU HAVE A PROBLEM…a handful of Mariners have had success against Houston lefty Dallas Keuchel…Dae-Ho Lee (1×2), Nelson Cruz (.471/8×17, 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB), Chris Iannetta (.333/6×18, 3 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 5 BB), Ketel Marte (.333/2×6, 2B, RBI) and Seth Smith (.308/4×13, 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, BB).
IN THE NICK OF TIME…reliever Nick Vincent was acquired just before the start of the season and has posted a 1.50 ERA (2 ER, 12.0 IP) with 14 strikeouts in 12 relief appearances…his .150 opponents on base percentage is the best mark among American League relievers and 3rd-best in the Majors behind Chicago-NL’s Hector Rondon (.114) and New York-NL’s Jerry Blevins (.138)…he has limited opposing right-handed hitters to a .083 (2×24) batting average.
30 ROCK…Robinson Canó has recorded 30 RBI in the Mariners first 29 games this season…the only Mariners player with more RBI through the team’s first 29 games was Ken Griffey Jr. (34 in 1997)…the Mariners record through the first 30 games of the season is held by Griffey Jr. (35 in 1997) and is followed by Alex Rodriguez (31 in 2000), Edgar Martinez (30 in 2000) and Canó this season.
A-OKAY…Norichika Aoki has posted a .429 on-base percentage in his last 11 games…in that stretch, he’s hitting .250 (9×36) with 9 runs, 1 double, 2 RBI and 12 walks to along with that .429 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 .322 on-base percentage.
SEAGER SWINGING…Kyle Seager has hit safely in 10 of his last 12 games since April 24…during the 12-game span, he’s hitting .333 (15×45) with 8 runs, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 4 home runs, 12 RBI and 1.143 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.
K-MARTE…Ketel Marte is hitting .393 (22×56) with 9 runs, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 6 RBI, a .404 on-base percentage and a .518 slugging mark in his last 14 games…he has hit safely in 7 straight and 14 of the last 15 games…he has 7 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.
STREAKING VS. ‘STROS…Robinson Canó has an 11-game hitting streak against Houston, in which he’s hitting .413 (19×46) with 4 runs, 1 doubles, 3 home runs, 18 RBI and a 1.059 OPS since Aug. 31, 2015…in 5 games against Houston this season, he’s hitting .429 (9×21) 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.
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 (3.38) in the American League behind Chicago-AL (3.31) and rank 5th in the Majors.
ROAD WARRIORS…Seattle is 12-5 on the road, tied for the best record in the A.L. with Chicago-AL…the 12 wins through the first 16 road games of the season is T2nd-most in club history…the 12 wins trailed only 2002 club (14 wins) & was tied with 2001 (12 wins) club…Seattle has won all 5 road series this season, winning 2 of 3 at Texas, at New York-AL, at Cleveland, at Los Angeles-AL & sweeping Oakland…last time Seattle won 5 straight road series to open season was 7-series streak in 2001.
2-OUT, SO WHAT?! REVIVAL…of the 131 runs scored by Seattle this season, 57 of them have come with two outs (33 with zero outs & 41 with 1 out)…the 57 two-out runs are the most in the A.L. ahead of Tampa Bay (54) and 5th in the Majors behind St. Louis (67), Washington (62), Chicago-NL (60) & San Francisco (60).
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.
AVERAGE RISES…Robinson Canó, in his last 11 games, is hitting .391 (18×46) with 7 runs, 3 doubles, 3 home runs, 16 RBI and a 1.069 OPS…the 11-game run has raised his average to .286 on the season…in his first 18 games, he hit .219 (16×73) with 10 runs, 3 doubles, 6 home runs and 14 RBI.
Today in Mariners History (May 7):
· 1979 – Danny Meyer drove in a club-record seven runs, including four with a grand slam home run, to help power the Mariners to a 12-4 win over the New York Yankees.
· 1991 – The Mariners roar back to score five in the bottom of the ninth to win 7-6 versus Cleveland. Edgar Martinez hits a bases clearing double and Pete O’Brien follows with a game-winning home run with one out.
· 1998 – The club strands 16 runners to set a new AL record and tie the ML record for men left on base in a 6-0 loss vs. Toronto.
· 1999 – Yankees right-hander Hideki Irabu opposes Mariner Matt Suzuki, also a righty, in the first match up of Japanese starters in major league history. The Bronx Bomber hurler bests his fellow countryman giving up four hits and a run in New York’s 10-1 victory over Seattle.
· 2012 – Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the 9th, the Mariners rally for 3 runs in a 3-2 win over the Tigers. Brendan Ryan and Ichiro led off the 9th against Octavio Dotel with back-to-back walks, and Ryan scored on a passed ball. Montero tied the game with a double to center field and John Jaso sent the crowd home with a walk-off sacrifice fly to score pinch-runner Munenori Kawasaki.
Tomorrow in Mariners History (May 8):
· 1980 – Tom Paciorek hits a home run leading off the 9th inning to boost the Mariners to a 3-2 win over the New York Yankees. He would go on to blast a three-run shot the next night, also in the bottom of the ninth, for another game-winner.
· 1985 – Mariner right-hander Mike Moore, in the longest no-hit bid by a Mariner to date, held the Milwaukee Brewers hitless through 8 innings. Robin Yount led off the Milwaukee 9th with a single to spoil the no-hitter. Moore hurled 8.2 innings before giving away to Edwin Nunez in the Mariners 4-2 win.
· 1988 – Alvin Davis just misses tying the club-record for home runs in consecutive games (Richie Zisk-5) when he homered in four straight games (May 5-8), including his fifth career grand slam on May 5.
· 1998 – David Segui becomes the 13th player in Mariners history to hit three doubles in a game.
· 2002 – Arthur Rhodes struck out the first two batters he faced in the 8th inning to tie the Mariners record for consecutive strikeouts with eight.
· 2014 – Hisashi Iwakuma tossed 8.0 scoreless innings to lead the Mariners to a 1-0 victory over the Royals. It was the Mariners first shutout of the season and the first 1-0 win since Sept. 22, 2012. Iwakuma extended his scoreless innings streak to 48.2 IP vs. the AL Central teams, the 2nd-longest scoreless streak by any pitcher vs. a division dating back to 1974 (O. Hershiser, 55.0 vs. NL West in 1988).
· 2015 – Logan Morrison hit a walk-off home run on the first pitch in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Mariners a 4-3 win over the A’s…it was Morrison’s first career walk-off hit.