Today’s Game Notes
AS YOU MAY KNOW…Kyle Seager is 6-for-his-last-6 with 10 RBI with runners in scoring position, the longest active streak with a hit with runners in scoring position in MLB…BUT DID YOU KNOW?…that Seager’s streak ranks T2nd in club history for consecutive hits w/RISP?…Seager is tied with Tom Paciorek (6-for-6, 8 RBI) and Harold Reynolds (6-for-6, 6 RBI) and trails only Bruce Bochte, who recorded 7 straight hits with 8 RBI w/RISP, 5/20-25/79.
TONIGHT’S TILT…the Mariners continue a 5-game, 2-city road trip with the second of three games at the Texas Rangers (0-1)…began the trip with two games in San Diego (1-1)…Seattle returns to Safeco Field on Monday to begin a 7-game, 2-team homestand vs. Cleveland (Mon. – Thurs.) and Texas (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 have won 9 of their last 15 games and are 29-17 in their last 46 games since snapping a 5-game losing streak April 13.
· Two Outs, So What – the Mariners rank 2nd in MLB with 112 two-out RBI, trailing only Boston (115).
· Goodbye Baseball – Seattle leads the Majors Leagues in home runs with 80…Baltimore is 2nd w/ 77 HR.
· Road Wins – the Mariners are tied with San Francisco for the most road wins in the Majors (19)…rank 2nd to only Chicago-NL (.680/17-8) in road winning percentage (.679/19-9).
· Among The Best – since April 13, the Mariners (29-17/.630) trail only the Chicago Cubs (32-14/.696) for the best winning percentage in MLB…the Mets (28-18/.609) and Red Sox (29-19/.604) are 3rd and 4th.
· Top 4 – the Mariners are 31-23 (.574) and have the 4th-best record in the A.L….trail only Texas (32-22/.593), Baltimore (31-22/.585) and Boston (32-23/.582)…Seattle trails Texas (32-22) by 1.0 game in the AL West race.
· For Openers – the Mariners are 10-9 in the first game of a series; 21-14 in all other games.
Getting Serie-ious – Seattle is 12-4-2 overall in series this season (7-0-2 on the road).
MULTI-HIT MADNESS…Kyle Seager and Dae-Ho Lee have each recorded multi-hit games in each of their last 4 games (with an official at-bat)…only one other player in the Majors – Cleveland’s Jose Ramirez – has an active streak of 4 consecutive multi-hit games…over Seager’s last 4 games (5/31-c), he is batting .667 (12×18) with 6 runs, 1 double, 1 home run, 10 RBI and 1 walk…over Lee’s last 4 games with an official at-bat (5/30-c), he is batting .563 (9×16) with 4 runs, 2 home runs and 7 RBI.
SURGING SEAGER…since April 30, Kyle Seager is batting .400 (50×125) with 23 runs, 11 doubles, 2 triples, 6 home runs, 29 RBI, 13 walks, a .453 on-base percentage, a .664 slugging percentage and a 1.117 OPS in 32 games…during that span among American League leaders, Seager ranks 1st in average, 2nd in hits, T2nd in RBI, 3rd in slugging percentage, 3rd in OPS, 4th in extra-base hits and T4th in doubles.
WHO’S ON FIRST…with a double leading off the 6th inning last night, Robinson Canó extended his on-base streak to a career-high 32 consecutive games (previous: 31, 2x, last: 9/7/15 – 4/10/16)…during the streak (4/30-c), Canó is batting .331 (43×130) with 29 runs, 11 doubles, 1 triple, 8 home runs, 24 RBI, 9 walks and 3 HBP…Canó’s on-base streak is the longest active such streak in the Majors.
RBI TRIO…Robinson Canó, Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager have combined to drive in 123 of the Mariners 272 RBI this season (Canó – 48, Cruz – 36, Seager – 39)…the 123 RBI by Canó, Cruz & Seager this season rank 2nd most among RBI by a team’s top trio in 2016, trailing only Boston (131 RBI: Ortiz-51, Betts-43, Bradley Jr.-37) and ahead of Chicago-NL (114 RBI: Bryant-40, Rizzo-39, Zobrist-35), Toronto (111 RBI; Encarnacion-44, Bautista-37, Donaldson-30) and Baltimore (108 RBI; Trumbo-42, Machado-35, Schoop-31).
IN A PINCH…Mariners pinch hitters are batting .340 (17×50) with 4 doubles, 2 home runs and 11 RBI, including 3 game-winning RBI, this season…their .340 average ranks 4th in the Majors/3rd in the AL while their 11 RBI rank 6th in MLB/1st in the AL…the Mariners are tied for the Major League-lead (also: St. Louis) with 3 game-winning RBI by pinch hitters.
WINNING WAYS…the Mariners are 7-0-2 in 9 road series this season…Seattle’s 9 consecutive undefeated road series (4/4/16-current) is the 2nd-longest such streak in franchise history, trailing only a streak of 28 consecutive undefeated road series during the 2000-2001 Mariners seasons, Sept. 1, 2000-Sept. 2, 2001 (the longest such streak in MLB history).
NO ORDINARY ROOKIE…among American League rookies with at least 80 at-bats Dae-Ho Lee ranks 1st in batting average (.310/27×87), 1st in slugging percentage (.586), 1st in OPS (.934), 2nd in RBI (20) behind Texas’ Nomar Mazara (25), 3rd in home runs (8) behind Mazar (9) and Minnesota’s Byung Ho Park (9).
FIRST PITCH SWINGING…when swinging at the first pitch this season, Robinson Canó is batting .524 (22×42) with 5 doubles, 1 triple, 7 home runs, 19 RBI, a .535 on-base percentage, a 1.190 slugging percentage and a 1.725 OPS…Canó leads the Majors Leagues in home runs, RBI, hits and extra-base hits on 0-0 counts.
GUTI, GUTI, GUTI…Franklin Gutierrez has hit safely in 9 straight games, including 3 multi-hit games, since May 21…during the 8-game streak, Gutierrez is batting .414 (12×29) with 8 runs, 1 double, 4 home runs and 10 RBI…has also hit safely in 11 of his last 14 starts since April 23, batting .341 (14×41) with 9 runs, 1 double, 5 home runs and 10 RBI in those 14 starts.
SIMPLY THE BEST…since April 13, the Mariners (.630/29-17) trail only the Chicago Cubs (.696/32-14) for the best winning percentage in the Majors and are tied with Boston and San Francisco for the 2nd-most wins (29) during that time behind Chicago-NL (32)…during this time span, Mariners starters are 20-14 with a 4.12 ERA (124 ER, 270.2 IP) in 46 starts, including 21 quality starts while the bullpen has posted a 2.67 ERA (42 ER, 141.1 IP) with 9.8 strikeouts-per-9.0 innings (154 K, 141.1 IP)…Mariners hitters are batting .273 (434×1590) with 68 home runs while averaging 5.50 runs-per-game.
Today in Mariners History
· 1979 – The Mariners blasted a club record six home runs to help them to an 11-2 win over the Detroit Tigers, at the Kingdome.
· 1982 – Jim Beattie fired a 2-hit shutout at Detroit. He outdueled Jack Morris in the 4-0 win.
· 1983 – The Mariners Richie Zisk hit a pair of home runs against the Yankees (his 199th and 200th of his career) for his 1st multiple-home run game of the season.
· 1985 – Phil Bradley’s one-out home run in the top of the 12th inning off of Detroit reliever Willie Hernandez gave the Mariners a 7-6 win over the Tigers in Detroit. Hernandez had retired the 13 batters he faced prior to Bradley’s game-winning blast.
· 1992 – Kevin Mitchell hit his first career grand slam in the first inning and Ken Griffey Jr. answered with a two-run bomb in the second to start a home run derby. When the smoke cleared, Griffey and Mitchell each had two home runs and the Mariners had cruised to a 10-3 win on the strength of seven runs in the first two innings. Dave Fleming improved to 8-1 on the season, his eighth straight win. It was the best start ever for a Mariner pitcher.
· 1996 – The Mariners score four times in the ninth inning off Jose Mesa for a 10-7 win at Cleveland. The win snaps the Indians streak of 118 straight wins when leading after eight innings.
· 2000 – Outfielder Stan Javier robs San Diego’s Phil Nevin of a home run by bringing the ball back over the fence, then catching it while falling to the ground. The catch is a finalist for Play of the Year on the ESPY’s.
· 2001 – Bret Boone drives in a career-high 7 runs and tied his career-high with 4 hits, including 2 HR’s, vs. Texas.
· 2014 – Hisashi Iwakuma tossed 7.0 scoreless innings to lead the Mariners to a 2-0 victory over the Braves to extend the Mariners winning streak to 5 straight games.
· 2015 – Roenis Elias tossed a season-high 8.0 IP, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits in the Mariners’ 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays…Mark Trumbo was 2-for-4 in his Mariner debut, recording a pair of singles…was his 3rd multi-hit game in his last 5 games.