Seattle has the best road record in the American League this season at 13-5
AS YOU KNOW…Robinson Canó has driven in 16 runs in 6 games against the Astros this season…BUT DID YOU KNOW?…that this is the 7th time in his career that he has driven in 15+ runs against a single opponent in a single year (last: 16 vs. Texas in 2014)…the most runs he’s driven in against a single opponent is 18 vs. Boston in 2006…also drove in 15+ vs. Toronto (16 in 2013), Baltimore (17 in 2011 & 17 in 2009), Boston (15 in 2008).
TODAY’S TILT…the Mariners conclude a 7-game, two-city road trip with the final of four games against the Houston Astros (2-1)…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)…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 13-5 in their last 18 games, 16-6 in their last 22…are 16-6 since a 5-game losing streak…are 5-7 at home, but 13-5 on the road.
· Runs/Game – the Mariners are averaging 4.47 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 24 home runs since April 21 rank 2nd in the Majors behind New York (25).
· For Openers – the Mariners are 6-4 in the first game of a series; 12-8 in all other games.
· Batting Around – the Mariners have batted around (10 men to plate) once this season (4/5 at TEX).
· 1-Run Games – Seattle has won 6 straight 1-run decisions, and are 7-5 in 1-run games this season.
NICE LITTLE ROAD TRIP…the Mariners are 5-1 so far on this 7-game road trip through Oakland and Houston…if Seattle wins today, they’ll have an .857 winning percentage at 6-1…it would be just the 5th time in club history to have an .857+ winning percentage on a trip of 7+ games…went 10-0 (1.000, April 8-17, 2002), 11-1 (.917, May 27-June 8, 2003), 6-1 (.857, April 11-17, 1997) & 6-1 (.857, June 2-9, 2014).
QUITE THE START…the Mariners are 18-12 through the first 30 games of the season…this is T4th-best start in club history through 30 contests…the 18 wins trails only the Mariners clubs from 2001 (23-7), 2002 (21-9), 2003 (19-11) and is tied with the 1997 club (18-12)…the 2015 Mariners were 13-17 after 30 games.
TOP-5 RECORD…the Mariners are 18-12 and have the 2nd-best record in the American League and 5th-best in the Majors…the only teams with better marks are Chicago-NL (23-6), Chicago-AL (21-10), Washington (19-11) and New York-NL (18-11)…Seattle leads its division at the 30-game mark for the first time since 2003 when the Mariners were 19-11 and 1.0 game ahead of Oakland.
REMARKABLE ON THE ROAD…Seattle has the best road record in the American League this season at 13-5, but they are virtually tied for the best road record in the American League with Texas (52-45/.536) since the start of 2015…Seattle is 53-46 (.535) on the road, the 4th-best road mark in the Majors behind Chicago (61-36/.629), Pittsburgh (54-43/.557) & St. Louis (52-42/.553).
1-RUN MADNESS…the Mariners won 3-2 last night in 10 innings and have won each of their last 6 one-run games, including three during this trip (May 2 at OAK, May 4 at OAK & May 7 at HOU)…Seattle is 7-5 in one-run games overall this season.
SEAGER SWINGING…Kyle Seager has hit safely in 11 of his last 13 games since April 24…during the 13-game span, he’s hitting .367 (18×49) with 9 runs, 5 doubles, 2 triples, 5 home runs, 13 RBI and 1.272 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.
LIFT-OFF IN HOUSTON…Robinson Canó has a .364 batting average vs. Houston, the 2nd-best mark among active players…he trails only Cincinnati’s Joey Votto (.363)…in his career vs. Houston, is hitting .364 (78×214) with 33 runs, 10 doubles, 1 triple, 8 home runs and 45 RBI in 55 games.
30 ROCK…Robinson Canó has recorded 32 RBI in the Mariners first 30 games this season…the only Mariners player with more RBI through the team’s first 30 games is Ken Griffey Jr. (35 in 1997)…the Mariners record through the first 31 games of the season is held by Griffey Jr. (35 in 1997) and is followed by Alex Rodriguez (32 in 2000), Cano & Edgar Martinez (31 in 2000).
A-OKAY…Norichika Aoki has posted a .407 on-base percentage in his last 12 games…in that stretch, he’s hitting .244 (10×41) with 9 runs, 1 double, 2 RBI and 12 walks…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 .317 on-base percentage.
K-MARTE…Ketel Marte is hitting .361 (22×61) with 9 runs, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 6 RBI, a .371 on-base percentage and a .475 slugging mark in his last 15 games…he has hit safely in 14 of the last 16 games…he has 7 multi-hit games during this stretch.
ROAD WARRIORS…Seattle is 13-5 on the road, the best record in the American League & 2nd-best in the Majors behind Chicago-NL (13-3)…the 13 wins through the first 18 road games of the season is 3rd-most in club history…the 13 wins trail only the 2002 club (15 wins) & the 2001 (14 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 6 straight road series to open season was 7-series streak in 2001.
2-OUT, SO WHAT?! REVIVAL…of the 134 runs scored by Seattle in 2016, 58 have come with two outs (33 with zero outs & 43 with 1 out)…the 58 two-out runs are the most in the A.L. ahead of Tampa Bay (56) and T5th in Majors: St. Louis (68), Chicago-NL (66), Washington (64), San Francisco (61), Pittsburgh (58).
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 12 games, is hitting .431 (22×51) with 9 runs, 3 doubles, 5 home runs, 18 RBI and a 1.237 OPS…the 12-game run has raised his average to .306 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 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.