Seattle (36-33) is 2.0 games behind Kansas City (38-31) for the second Wild Card spot

Today’s Game Notes

AS YOU KNOWRobinson Canó is sitting on 19 home runs this season…AND YOU MAY KNOW…that when he hits one more, it’ll be his 7th season with 20+ home runs…BUT DID YOU KNOW?…that he’ll be just the 6th second baseman in MLB history to have 7+ such seasons?…he’ll join Jeff Kent (12), Hall of Famer Craig Biggio (7), Hall of Famer Joe Gordon (7), Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby (7) and Dan Uggla (7)…Robinson is currently tied with Bret Boone (6) & Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg (6)…credit: STATS INC.

TONIGHT’S TILT…the Mariners continue a 3-city, 10-game trip with the first of four games against Detroit…opened the road trip by losing 2 of 3 at Tampa Bay and at Boston…after this trip, return home to face St. Louis (3 G), Pittsburgh (2 G) and Baltimore (4 G)…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 split the last 4 games following a 4-game losing streak, but have lost 15 of the last 23 games…are 14-16 in the last 30 games and are 34-27 in their last 61 games since snapping a 5-game losing streak April 13.

  • Two Outs, So What – the Mariners rank 2nd in MLB with 138 two-out RBI; Boston (143).
  • Goodbye Baseball – Seattle ranks 3rd in the Majors with 102 home runs…behind Baltimore (107) & Toronto (104)…Seattle is 3rd in MLB with 36 2 outs home runs (TB-39 & WAS-37).
  • Road Wins – Mariners (.583/21-15) are T4th in MLB behind Washington (23), Chicago-NL (22) & San Francisco (22) for most road wins in Majors…have the best road winning % in A.L.
  • Among The Best – since April 13, the Mariners (34-27/.557) have 5th-best winning percentage in the A.L.…trail Texas (40-21), Boston (36-25), Cleveland (36-27) and Toronto (36-28).
  • Score! – Seattle ranks 2nd in AL (5th MLB), averaging 4.94 runs per game…trails only Boston (5.74).
  • For Openers – the Mariners are 11-11 in the first game of a series; 25-22 in all other games.
  • Getting Serie-ious – Seattle is 12-8-3 overall in series this season (7-3-2 on the road).
  • Wild Card – Seattle (36-33) is 2.0 games behind Kansas City (38-31) for the second Wild Card spot.

TAMING THE TIGERS…Seattle is 19-14 over the last 33 games (since April 26, 2011) against Detroit…in that same span, the Mariners are 13-8 at Comerica Park in Detroit…Seattle has won 4 of the last 6 season series in 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2014…Seattle is 13-8 (.619) in Detroit since 2011, the best record on the road by the Mariners vs. any team: vs. DET (13-8/.619), at OAK (30-22/.577), at MIN (11-9/.550), at HOU (18-15/545)…the only A.L. team with a better record at Comerica Park since 2011 is Texas (15-9, .625).

FEAST OR FAMINE…in the Mariners 36 wins this season, they have won by an average of four runs (+4.0), while their 33 losses have been by less than three runs (-2.8)…the winning margin is the 2nd-best in the American League behind Boston (+4.2) and ahead of Cleveland (+3.9)…the -2.8 losing margin is tied for the smallest margin of defeat with Boston (-2.8) and ahead of Tampa Bay (-3.0)…STATS INC.

DETROIT STREAKINGRobinson Canó has an active 14-game hitting streak against the Tigers (since April 7, 2013)…during the streak, he’s hitting .379 (22×58) with 14 runs, 3 doubles, 3 home runs, 5 RBI and a .429 on-base percentage.

PELTING PELFEYSeth Smith (7×17, 2 2B, 3B, HR) and Chris Iannetta (7×15, 2 HR, 3 BB) have combined to hit .438 (14×32) with 2 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs, 3 RBI and 7 walks against Mike Pelfrey…Ketel Marte is 3-for-3 in limited action against the right-hander.

2/20Robinson Canó is 1 home run away from 20 this season…he hit 21 home runs with Seattle last season and with his next homer, he’ll be just the 2nd Mariners second baseman with multiple 20-home run campaigns at the keystone position, joining Bret Boone (4x, 37 in 2001, 24 in 2002, 35 in 2003 & 24 in 2004)…only other second baseman in club history with 20+ homers in a season is Jose Lopez (25 in 2009).

CLOSE GAMES…8 of the last 10 Seattle games have been decided by two runs or less (since June 9)…Seattle is 14-18 in 32 games decided by two runs or less this season…Seattle is 8-15 in the last 23 games with 10 of those losses coming by two runs or less (7 by one run).

IRON MENRobinson Canó has played in 122 consecutive games (Aug. 1, 2015-present), the 4th-longest streak in the Majors and 2nd-longest in the American League…the streak is behind just San Francisco’s Matt Duffy (188), Houston’s Jose Altuve (161) and Los Angeles’ Mike Trout (131).

OFFENSIVELY INCLINED…since coming off DL June 10, Leonys Martin has continued his pre-injury production…since May 18, he’s hitting .368 (21×57) with 9 runs, 2 doubles, 5 home runs, 10 RBI, .446 on-base mark and a .667 slugging percentage…his 1.113 OPS since May 18 is 4th-best in MLB (min. 50 PA): Boston’s David Ortiz (1.218), Kansas City’s Salvador Perez (1.131) & St. Louis’ Matt Carpenter (1.126).

STREAK…the Mariners have homered in 12 straight games (20 HR) and 23 of the last 25 games (43 home runs) since May 24…the 12-game home run streak is the 2nd-longest streak in the American League this season behind Boston’s 22-game streak April 29-May 22.

LOOKING FOR A FULL SEASONFranklin Gutierrez has not played more than 59 games in a season since 2011 (92)…but in his last three seasons (2013, 2015 & 2016), he has combined to hit .269 (115×432) with 64 runs, 23 doubles, 33 home runs, 81 RBI and a .551 slugging percentage in 146 games.

BULLPEN BACK IN BUSINESS…Seattle’s relievers have a 2.41 ERA (5 ER, 18.2 IP) with 21 strikeouts over the last five games…this followed a 5-game stretch where they had a 6.30 ERA (14 ER, 20.0 IP)…overall on the season, Seattle’s bullpen ERA of 3.17 is 5th-best in the Majors.

SEAGER BELIEVERKyle Seager is hitting .328 (60×183) with 29 runs, 14 doubles, 2 triples, 9 home runs, 35 RBI, a .410 on-base percentage, .574 slugging mark and a .983 OPS in 49 G since April 27…his .983 OPS in that span is 4th in A.L. behind Boston’s David Ortiz (1.193), Jackie Bradley Jr. (1.001) & Toronto’s Michael Saunders (.987).

ROAD ROUNDTRIPPERSRobinson Canó (11) is tied for the Major League lead in road home runs with Chicago’s Todd Frazier & Toronto’s Michael Saunders…Nelson Cruz is T4th with 10 home runs on the road…Kyle Seager (8) is 3rd on the team in road home runs.

Today in Mariners History (June 20

  • 1985 – The Mariners pounded out a club-record 20 hits as they beat the Texas Rangers, 11-3, at Arlington Stadium.  Phil Bradley, Ivan Calderon, Jim Presley and Donnie Scott all had 3 hits, and Al Cowens drove in 4 runs for the Mariners.
  • 1990 – Ken Griffey Jr. hits an inside-the-park HR giving the Mariners a 3-2 win at Kansas City.
  • 2002 – Kazuhiro Sasaki picks up his 99th career save in a victory at Cincinnati to become Seattle’s all-time saves leader, passing Mike Schooler.
  • 2010 – Casey Kotchman broke the Major League record for most consecutive games without committing and error (239).  He beat out Kevin Youkillis’ previous record of 238 games.
  • 2012 – Jason Vargas tied a Mariners record allowing 5 home runs (also Mark Langston & Jamie Moyer) in his 4.1 inning start at Arizona (9 H, 10 R). The Mariners lost 14-10, allowing 6 home runs to the Diamondbacks, including an inside-the-park HR by Ryan Roberts.
  • 2014 – Brad Miller hit a go-ahead home run to lead off the 9th inning to catapult the Mariners to a 7-5 win over the Royals in front of a sold-out crowd at Kauffman Stadium.
  • 2015 – The Mariners hit 3 home runs to back a solid start by Taijuan Walker’s career-high 11 strikeout performance in a 6-3 win over Houston…Walker’s 11 strikeouts with 0 walks combined with Elias’ 10 K’s the previous night marked the first time in club history starts have had back-to-back starts with 10+ strikeouts and 0 walks…Nelson Cruz hit his 19th home run of the season and first since May 27… Mark Trumbo hit his first home run with the Mariners.
  • 2015 – Edgar Martinez was named as the Mariners Major League hitting coach. Howard Johnson, who had been serving in that role, has been re-assigned to the Mariners minor league system.

Tomorrow in Mariners History (June 21

         1996 – Matt Wagner earns his first M.L. win with eight innings of work allowing only two runs in a 12-2 Mariner victory at Chicago. Alex Rodriguez and Edgar Martinez each drove in four runs in the game.

  • 2002 – The Mariners play the Houston Astros for the first time in club history.  Jamie Moyer gets the win in an 8-0 victory at Minute Maid Park.
  • 2003 – Ben Davis ties the club record with three triples at San Diego.
  • 2014 – Dustin Ackley hit a 2-out go-ahead single to score Kyle Seager in the top of the 9th inning in the Mariners 2-1 win over the Royals at Kauffman Stadium. The Mariners won back-to-back road games in the final at-bat for the first time since July 3-4, 2009 at Boston.
  • 2015 – J.A. Happ suffered his third straight loss, allowing 3 runs (2 ER) over 5.0 IP in a 6-2 loss to Houston…Logan Morrison recorded his 100th career double…Seattle’s pitching staff struck out 10+ hitters in each of the last three games, the first single-season 3-game streak with 10+ strikeouts since club-record 5 straight July 18-22, 2014.