Mariners are 9-7 in the first game of a series; 19-13 in all other games
AS YOU KNOW…Norichika Aoki hit his first home run with the Mariners leading off the bottom of the first inning last night…BUT DID YOU KNOW?…Aoki became just the 4th player in club history whose first home run with the club was a leadoff home run?…Aoki joins Jack Perconte (5/17/85 vs. BAL), Rickey Henderson (5/20/2000 vs. TB) and Austin Jackson (4/19/15 vs. TEX).
TODAY’S TILT…the Mariners continue a 3-team, 8-game, 9-day homestand with the final game of a weekend set against Minnesota (0-2) before hosting San Diego for two (Mon-Tue)…began homestand by winning 2 of 3 from Oakland…returned home last Sunday night after a 5-1, 6-game, 2-city road trip to BAL (2-1) and CIN (3-0)…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 have won 6 of last 9 games and are 7-4 in their last 11 games, 23-12 in their last 35 games and 26-14 in their last 40 games since snapping a 5-game losing streak April 13.
· Top 2 – the Mariners are 28-20 (.583) and have the 2nd-best record in the American League…trail only Boston (29 20/.592)…Seattle (28-20) leads Texas (27-21) by 0.5 games in the AL West race.
· Among The Best – Since April 13, the Mariners (26-14/.650) trail only the Chicago Cubs (27-13/.675) for the best winning percentage in MLB…the Mets (26-15/.634) and Red Sox (26-16/.619) are 3rd and 4th.
· Extras – Seattle trails only Atlanta (9) and is tied with Los Angeles-NL, San Francisco and Houston with 6 extra-inning games…the Mariners lead the Major League in extra innings wins (5-1).
· 1-Run Games – Seattle has won 9 of its last 11 1-run decisions & are 10-7 in 1-run games this season.
· For Openers – the Mariners are 9-7 in the first game of a series; 19-13 in all other games.
· Getting Serie-ious – Seattle is 11-4-1 overall in series this season (7-0-1 on the road), including winning 6 straight series, April 15-May 4 (2-1 at NYY, 2-1 at CLE, 2-1 at LAA, 2-1 vs. HOU, 2-1 vs. KC, 3-0 at OAK).
· Comeback Wins – The Mariners have recorded 13 come-from-behind victories.
BRING ON THE CENTRAL…Taijuan Walker is 6-2 with a 3.31 ERA (24 ER, 65.1 IP) with 57 strikeouts in 11 starts against the A.L. Central…Seattle is 9-2 in his 11 starts against the Central…has allowed 2-or-fewer earned runs in 7 of those 11 starts…in 8 starts from May 29, 2015-April 20, 2016, he was 6-0 with a 2.98 ERA (17 ER, 51.1 IP) with 48 strikeouts.
DAY DREAM BELIEVERS…beginning today, Seattle will play 3 consecutive day games…the Mariners last played three straight day games June 7-9, 2014 at Tampa Bay…have not played three straight during the day at home since Sept. 1-3, 2012 (2 vs. LAA, 1 vs. BOS)…the club record for consecutive day games in six, done twice: April 23-28, 1977 and Aug. 29-Sept. 2, 1979…Seattle is 10-6 in day games this season (18-14 in night games).
GUTI, GUTI, GUTI…Franklin Gutierrez has hit safely in 5 straight games, including 2 multi-hit games, since May 21…during the 5-game streak, Gutierrez is batting .412 (7×17) with 4 runs, 1 double, 2 home runs and 4 RBI…has also hit safely in 8 of his last 11 starts since April 23, batting .333 (10×30) with 6 runs, 1 double, 3 home runs and 6 RBI in those 11 starts.
SECOND ACTS…Seattle is a combined 19-12 (.613) in games 2 and 3 of a series, including 10-5 (.667) in game #3 …team is 9-7 (.563) in game #2 of series, including last night’s loss.
WHO’S ON FIRST…Robinson Canó has reached base safely in 26 consecutive games, since April 30…Canó’s on-base streak is the 2nd-longest active streak in the Majors, trailing only Miami’s Marcell Ozuna (34)…during the streak, Canó is batting .339 (37×109) with 20 runs, 10 doubles, 1 triple, 6 home runs, 19 RBI, 5 walks, a .376 on-base percentage and a .615 slugging percentage.
MAY HEAT BEFORE SUMMER…this month, the foursome of Robinson Canó (.352), Kyle Seager (.347), Nelson Cruz (.307) and Leonys Martin (.320) are leading a team that ranks 2nd in the Major Leagues in May average, hitting .280 (245×874) with 127 runs, 39 doubles, 6 triples, 36 home runs and 123 RBI…the club ranks behind just Boston (.311/279×898) and ahead of LA-AL (.279/238×854).
RBI TRIO…Robinson Canó, Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager have combined to drive in 102 of the Mariners 227 runs this season (Canó – 43, Cruz – 32, Seager – 27)…the 102 RBI by Canó, Cruz & Seager this season rank 3rd among RBI by a team’s top trio in 2016, trailing BOS (116 RBI: Ortiz-46 and Betts/Bradley Jr./Shaw-35) and CHC (103 RBI: Bryant-36, Rizzo-35, Zobrist-32)…are ahead of TOR (101 RBI; Encarnacion-37, Bautista-35, Donaldson-29) and COL (95 RBI; Arenado-38, Story-35, Parra-22).
GONE WITH THE LIND…Adam Lind is hitting .317 (13×41) with 5 runs, 2 doubles, 4 home runs and 13 RBI with a 1.022 OPS in 12 games since May 8…on Wednesday vs. Oakland, he went 4-for-4 with 3 runs, 1 double, 2 home runs and 6 RBI…it was the fifth time Lind has driven in at least six runs in a game since the start of the 2009 season…the only other Major League players with 5+ games with six or more RBIs over the last eight seasons are Nelson Cruz (6) and Carlos Gonzalez (6)…in that Wednesday game, Lind had 5 2-out RBI, the 24th player in Mariners history with 5+ 2-out RBI (last: Casper Wells, Oct. 3, 2012 vs. Angels.
SIMPLY THE BEST…since April 13, the Mariners (.650/26-14) trail only the Chicago Cubs (.675/27-13) for the best winning percentage in the Majors and are tied with BOS and NY-NL for the 2nd-most wins (26) during that time behind CHC (27)…during this time span, Mariners starters are 18-11 with a 3.57 ERA (95 ER, 239.1 IP) in 40 starts, including 20 quality starts while the bullpen has posted a 2.31 ERA (31 ER, 120.2 IP) with 9.5 strikeouts-per-9.0 innings (128 K, 120.2 IP)…Mariners hitters are batting .265 (364×1372) with 56 home runs while averaging 4.98 runs-per-game.
WINNING MONTH…the Mariners have secured back-to-back winning months to start the season (April & May) for the first time since 2003 (17-10 in April & 19-8 in May)…the 2007 club was 10-10 in April & 16-14 in May…Seattle is 15-10 this month with 3 games remaining…the 15 wins this month is the highest win total since 2014 when they won 17 in August, 18 in June and 16 in May.
VENTURING OUT…Seattle has played 28 of its 47 games this season against the AL West (14-14: 4-3 vs. HOU, 2-4 vs. LAA, 5-4 vs. OAK, 3-3 vs. TEX)…Seattle is 14-6 against non-A.L. West teams (7-2 vs. East, 4-4 vs. Central & 3-0 in Interleague)…Seattle will play 35 of its next 41 games (through All-Star Break) against teams outside its division…Seattle’s won 4 of 6 & 8 of its last 11 games against non-A.L. West opponents.
Today in Mariners History (May 29):
· 1989 – Randy Johnson made his Mariners debut at Yankee Stadium by holding the Bronx Bombers to just two runs on six hits while striking out six in six innings. Griffey Jr. hit a pair of home runs to lead the offensive attack as the Mariners hung on to win, 3-2.
· 1990 – Five Seattle chuckers combine to limit Milwaukee to three hits and just one run and the Mariners beat the Brewers 2-1.
· 1991 – The Mariners explode for a season-high 11 runs at Texas, pasting the Rangers 11-4.
· 1992 – Rookie Dave Fleming tossed his first Major League complete game and shutout—a five-hitter—as the Mariners beat Boston 3-0. Fleming finished the month of May 5-0, with an ERA of 1.87.
· 1998 – Alex Rodriguez steals home; the first steal of home by a Mariner since 1990 when Edgar Martinez accomplished the feat.
· 2001 – Mark McLemore ties a team record and sets a career-high with 4 stolen bases.
· 2003 – Joel Pineiro strikes out a career-high 12 in a 6-0, complete game win at the Metrodome. He allowed a career-best four hits in the complete game effort.
· 2004 – Mike Cameron hits his first career pinch-hit home run.
· 2011 – Doug Fister struck out a career-high 9 batters in Mariners 4-3 win over Baltimore on Memorial Day. Brendan Ryan extended his career-high hitting streak to 10 games.
· 2012 – The Mariners tied a club road record with 21 runs scored in a 21-8 route of the Rangers in Arlington to win the series 2-1. Justin Smoak hit a pair of 3-run home runs and recorded a carer-high 6 RBI. Kyle Seager went 4-for-6 with 2 doubles and 4 runs scored in the win and Jesus Montero fell a triple short of the cycle (3×4, 4 R, HR, 2B). The Mariners totaled 11 extra base hits in the win.
· 2013 – Nick Franklin hit a pair of home runs, his first two in the Major Leagues, to become the third-youngest Mariners player with a multi-HR game at 22 years, 89 days (only ARod and Ken Griffey Jr. were younger). Seattle hit 5 home runs in a 7-1 win over the Padres at Petco Park, the most homers hit in a game since 2006.
· 2015 – Roenis Elias saw his run of 16-straight starts with 3 or fewer runs allowed come to an end as Seattle lost 4-3 to the Indians…Robinson Canó hit his 2nd home run of the season in the 3rd inning.