Today’s Game Notes
AS YOU KNOW…the Mariners are 7-2 against the American League East this season (2-1 vs. NYY, 2-1 vs. BAL & 3-0 vs. TB)…BUT DID YOU KNOW?…that since 2013, the Mariners have the 3rd-best record against the A.L. East?…Seattle is 54-52 (.509) against the East in that span, just behind Baltimore (136-117/.538) and Kansas City (62-56/.525)…here’s a breakdown of Seattle’s year-by-year record vs. the East: 15-17 in 2015, 18-15 in 2014 and 14-18 in 2013.
TONIGHT’S TILT…the Mariners open a 3-city, 11-day, 10-game trip with the first of three vs. Tampa Bay…after this series, will travel to Boston (3G) and Detroit (4 G)…just concluded a 2-team, 7-game (3-4) homestand against Cleveland (2-2) and Texas (1-2)…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 lost two in a row and have split the last 6 games following a 4-game losing streak…are 12-12 in the last 24 games and are 32-23 in their last 55 games since snapping a 5-game losing streak April 13.
· Two Outs, So What – the Mariners rank 2nd in MLB with 127 two-out RBI; Boston (137).
· Goodbye Baseball – Seattle ranks 2nd in the Majors with 94 home runs…behind Baltimore (99) & ahead of Tampa Bay (90) and Washington (87)…leads Majors with 35 HR with 2 outs, ahead of Houston (34).
· Top 5 – the Mariners are 34-29 (.540) and have the 5th-best record in the A.L.
· Road Wins – Mariners (.633/19-11) are T4th in Majors behind Chicago-NL (21), Washington (21) & St. Louis (20) for most road wins in the Majors…rank 2nd behind the Cubs (.656/21-11) in road winning %.
· Among The Best – since April 13, the Mariners (32-23/.582) are T5th-best winning percentage in MLB…trail the Cubs (37-18/.673), Rangers (34-21/.618), washington (35-23) and Red Sox (33-22).
· Score! – Seattle ranks 2nd in AL (T4th MLB), averaging 5.00 runs per game…trails only Boston (5.95).
· For Openers – the Mariners are 10-10 in the first game of a series; 24-19 in all other games.
· Getting Serie-ious – Seattle is 12-6-3 overall in series this season (7-1-2 on the road).
ROLLING IN ST. PETE…the Mariners have won 6 straight games in St. Petersburg and 9 of the last 12 games (since July 21, 2012)…the 12-game stretch followed an 8-game losing streak at Tropicana Field and 12 of the previous 13…Seattle swept a 3-game set in Seattle earlier this season (May 9-11) and overall (home & road), are 10-3 in the last 13 games against the Rays (since June 7, 2014).
ABOUT THAT STREAK…the Mariners 6-game road win streak in St. Petersburg is T3rd-longest active road win streak vs. any opponent, trailing New York-AL (8 at Seattle) & Seattle (7 at Oakland)…the 6-game streak is the longest in club history vs. Tampa (had 5 three-game win streaks, last: 2012-13).
ROBINSON THE ROADIE…Robinson Canó is hitting .331 (41×124) with 28 runs, 10 doubles, 10 home runs and 30 RBI in 30 road games…his .331 road average is the 6th-best in the American League behind Detroit’s Victor Martinez (.393), Houston’s Jose Altuve (.374), Minnesota’s Eduardo Nunez (.368), Los Angeles-AL’s Kole Calhoun (.362) and Boston’s Xander Bogaerts (.358).
TWO DOZEN…Robinson Canó & Adam Lind both have 24 career home runs against Tampa Bay, tied for 5th most among active players behind Alex Rodriguez (56), David Ortiz (49), Jose Bautista (30) & Mark Teixeira (25)…Canó’s 24 HR vs. the Rays is his 2nd-most against any team (29 vs. BAL)…Lind’s 24 HR vs. the Rays is the most he’s hit against any team (19 vs. TEX).
SLUG IT OUT…Dae-Ho Lee has a .574 slugging percentage, the highest by a rookie in Mariners history (min. 100 AB), ahead of Jose Cruz Jr. (.541 in 1997) and Bucky Jacobsen (.500 in 2004)…since 2007, Lee’s slugging mark is 9th-best (min. 100 AB) among rookies (Toronto’s Randy Ruiz is 1st with .635 in 2009).
ONE TO GO…Robinson Canó has 257 home runs in his career…of those home runs, 246 of them are as a second baseman…he is currently tied with Joe Gordon for the most home runs as a second baseman in American League history…Jeff Kent holds the MLB record with 351 home runs at the keystone position.
FAMILIAR FACES…several Mariners have Rays connections, including Joaquin Benoit (2010), Nathan Karns (2014-15), minor leaguers Mike Montgomery & Shawn O’Malley & Tim Bogar (2008 Quality Assurance Coach)…former Mariners on Rays include Erasmo Ramirez, Brad Miller & Logan Morrison.
LET’S GO EAST…Seattle plays its next 6 games against the A.L. East where it has a 2.67 ERA (24 ER, 81.0 IP) in 9 starts, before playing 4 vs. the Central where they have a 2.77 ERA (36 ER, 117.0 IP)…the Mariners have a 3.98 ERA (135 ER, 305.0 IP) with 285 strikeouts in 34 games against the American League West.
HITTING THE ROAD…the Mariners are 19-11 on the road this season…Seattle will play 17 of the final 26 games of the first half away from Safeco Field…will only be home for a 9-game homestand from June 24-July 3 vs. St. Louis (3 G), Pittsburgh (2 G) and Baltimore (4 G).
ADAM BOMB…Adam Lind has a .636 slugging percentage since May 14, the 8th-best slugging mark in the American League (min. 60 AB) in that span behind David Ortiz (.791), Mookie Betts (.673), Ian Kinsler (.660), Carlos Beltran (.657), Danny Valencia (.653), J.D. Martinez (.649) and Evan Longoria (.645)…in that span, Lind is hitting .288 (19×66) with 12 runs, 2 doubles, 7 home runs and 20 RBI.
5×10…Seattle has five players with double-digit homers: Robinson Canó (18), Nelson Cruz (15), Kyle Seager (11), Dae-Ho Lee (10) & Leonys Martin (10)…Seattle is one of two teams (Washington), and the only American League club with 5 players who have 10+ home runs this season…teams with 4 players include Baltimore, Cincinnati, Detroit, Texas and Toronto.
RIGHTING THE SHIP…Seattle starters have recorded a 1.60 ERA (9 ER, 50.2 IP) with 52 strikeouts in the last 8 games (team is 3-5)…this follows a 9-game stretch from May 27-June 4 in which Mariners starters combined to go 2-5 with a 9.33 ERA (47 ER, 45.1 IP) while allowing 14 home runs.
40 RBI MEN…the Mariners are one of two teams in the Major Leagues (also: Boston) with 3+ players with more than 40 RBI (Robinson Canó – 51 RBI, Nelson Cruz – 43 RBI and Kyle Seager – 42 RBI)…Canó ranks 3rd in the American League while Cruz ranks T11th and Seager is T14th.
NOTHING BUT NET(TA)…catcher Chris Iannetta is hitting .353 (12×34) with 4 runs, 4 doubles, 2 home runs, 7 RBI and a .436 on-base percentage in his last 10 games…in his first 40 games, he hit .200 (25×125) with 10 runs, 3 doubles, 4 home runs and 10 RBI with a .303 on-base mark.
Today in Mariners History
· 1985 – The Mariners exploded for seven 5th-inning runs to defeat the Kansas City Royals, 13-5, collecting 15 hits in the process. Alvin Davis drove in four runs, while Gorman Thomas and Bob Kearney each drove in three runs.
· 1990 – The Mariners score three in the bottom of the ninth, all with two outs, to beat Chicago 5-4.
· 1993 – Randy Johnson fans 15 vs. Kansas City Royals in a 6-3 win.
· 2010 – Mariners played their debut game at the new Busch Stadium. They lost 9-3.
· 2013 – Mike Zunino hits his first MLB home run for the GWRBI in the Mariners 3-2 win at Oakland.