Mariners Mid-Season Report
THE RECORD…the Mariners reached the All-Star break with a 45-44 (.506) record…are 3rd in the AL West, 8.5 games back of first-place Texas and 3.0 back of second-place Houston…went 22-20 (.524) at home…were 23-24 (.489) on the road…57 of 89 games were decided by three runs or less…Seattle was 18-25 in games decided by two runs or less, including 13-18 in one-run games…the 31 one-run games was 2nd-most in the Majors behind Houston (32).
WINNERS…at 45-44, Seattle secured a winning record before the break for just the second time since 2010 (also: 51-44 in 2014)…Seattle has had a .500 or better mark at the break 14 times in club history (1982, ‘87, ‘90, ‘93, ‘96-97, 2000-03, ‘07, ‘09, ‘14 & ‘16).
RUNS, RUNS & MORE RUNS…the Mariners scored 4.89 runs per game during the first half, 6th-best in the American League and 9th-best in the Majors…this was the highest-scoring first half for the Mariners since scoring 4.99 runs per game in 2007…Seattle scored 4.35 runs per game in April, 5.57 in May, 4.46 in June and 5.40 in 10 games during July.
TALE OF TWO HALVES…Seattle started the season 28-18 (.609) in the first 46 games of the season, which was the 4th-best record in the Majors behind Chicago (31-14/.689), Boston (29-17/.630) and San Francisco (30-19/.612)…Seattle went 9-7 over its final 17 games before the break but went 17-26 (.395) overall in the final 43 games before the All-Star Break, which was the 4th-lowest winning percentage, ahead of Los Angeles-AL (16-26/.381), Philadelphia (16-27/.372) and Tampa Bay (13-31/.295).
WINNING START…Seattle secured back-to-back winning months to start season (13-10 in April & 17-11 in May) for the first time since 2003 (17-10 in April & 19-8 in May)…2007 club was 10-10 in April & 16-14 in May…the 17 wins in May were the highest win total since 2014 when they won 17 in August & 18 in June.
REVERSAL OF FORTUNES…Seattle began the season with 5 straight losses at Safeco Field, but rebounded to go 22-15 (.595) in the final 37 games of the first half, including winning 7 of the last 9…the Mariners were 19-8 (.704) in their first 27 road games, but were 4-16 (.200) over the final 20 road games of the first half.
WINNING WAYS…the Mariners were 7-0-2 in the first 9 road series this season…Seattle’s 9 consecutive undefeated road series ( ) 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).
HEART OF THE LINEUP…Robinson Canó, Kyle Seager and Nelson Cruz rank among the American League leaders in various categories…in batting average, Canó ranks 9th (.313)…in home runs, Cruz is T3rd (23), Canó is 8th (21) and Seager is T16th (18)…in RBI, Seager is T5th (61) and Canó & Cruz are T9th (58)…all three have an OPS above .900, which ranks Canó (.923), Cruz (.909) and Seager (.902) at 9th, 10th and 11th respectively.
POWER UP…Seattle ranked 2nd in the Majors with 132 home runs, behind only Baltimore (137)…the 132 dingers before the break are the 5th-most in club history, behind 1999 (151), 1997 (139), 1996 (134) & 1998 (128)…the Mariners hit 65 home runs at home (42 G) and 67 on the road (47 G)…14 different players hit a home run for the team, including Nelson Cruz (23), Robinson Canó (21) and Kyle Seager (18)…7 players hit at least 10 home runs (read next note for more details on this).
7×10…Seattle had 7 different players with at least 10 home runs prior to the All-Star Break: Nelson Cruz – 23, Robinson Canó – 21, Kyle Seager – 18, Adam Lind – 13, Dae-Ho Lee – 12, Leonys Martin – 11 and Seth Smith – 11…marks the 1st time in franchise history to have 7 players with double-digits in homers prior to the break (prev: 6 players, done 5 times: 1986, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999 Mariners clubs)…7 players with 10+ HR lis tied for the MLB lead with St. Louis…the MLB record for number of players with 10+ prior to the break is 8.
EXTRA, EXTRA…Seattle’s trio of Robinson Canó, Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager have combined for 131 extra-base hits this season…Kyle leads the way with 46 (4th in the AL) and Robinson is right behind with 45 (T5th in AL)…Nelson has 40 extra base hits…the 131 combined XBH is third most by a teammate trio in the AL (Boston 144, Toronto 136)…Seattle joins Boston (Ortiz 57, Betts 45 & Bradley Jr. 42) and Toronto (Donaldson 48, Encarnacion 45 & Saunders 43) as the only AL teams with 3 players with 40 or more extra base hits.
BEST TRIO SINCE NIRVANA…Seattle’s trio of Robinson Canó, Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager each recorded 40+ extra-base hits…it is just the 4th time in club history that the Mariners have features a trio that each had at least 40 hits for extra bases: 2001 (Bret Boone-42, Mike Cameron-40, Edgar Martinez-40), 2000 (Alex Rodriguez-44, Edgar Martinez-43, John Olerud-40) and 1998 (Ken Griffey Jr.-58, Alex Rodriguez-45, Edgar Martinez-43)…1996 featured two players (Edgar Martinez-66, Alex Rodriguez-45).
POWER TRIO… Nelson Cruz (23), Robinson Canó (21) & Kyle Seager (18) each hit 15+ home runs in the first half…it was the first time since 2000 (Alex Rodriguez-24, Edgar Martinez-23 & Jay Buhner (15) that a Mariners club has had 3+ players with 15+ home runs before the All-Star Break…Mariners clubs have accomplished the feat in 1996 (5 players), 1997 (4), 1998 (4), 1999 (5) & 2000 (3).
HEY NOW YOU’RE AN ALL STAR…second baseman Robinson Canó was named to his 7th career All-Star Game (BB in only PA)…the 7 career All-Star Games are T5th-most among active players…it’s his 6th Midsummer Classic appearance in last seven years…was also selected to the All-Star Game in 2006 and 2010-2014…participated in Home Run Derby, losing in first round to eventual winner Giancarlo Stanton.
STRIKEOUT KING…Felix Hernandez struck out the Angels’ Rafael Ortega in the first inning on at Los Angeles for his 2,163rd career strikeout, surpassing Randy Johnson for the most strikeouts in club history.
HE’S OUR LEADER…on vs. Tampa Bay, Felix Hernandez earned his 146th career win, surpassing Jamie Moyer for the most wins in franchise history…Felix joined Colorado’s Jorge De La Rosa as the only active pitchers that hold their respective club records for all-time wins and all-time strikeouts.
THEY’LL DRIVE YOU HOME…Kyle Seager (61 RBI), Robinson Canó (58 RBI) & Nelson Cruz (58 RBI) are the 11th Mariners trio in club history with 50+ RBI before the All-Star Break, the first since 2006 (Raul Ibanez: 70 RBI, Richie Sexson: 59 RBI & Jose Lopez: 58 RBI)…joined clubs from 1979, 1996-2003 and 2006.
ELITE PRODUCTION…Kyle Seager is hitting .332 (85×256) with 43 runs, 23 doubles, 2 triples, 14 home runs and 51 RBI with a .403 on-base percentage, .602 slugging mark and a 1.004 OPS in 67 games since …in his first 21 games of the season, hit .139 (11×79) with 7 extra-base hits and a .574 OPS…since , he’s one of just eight Major League players with an OPS above 1.000, joining Boston’s David Ortiz (1.139), St. Louis’ Matt Carpenter (1.056), Chicago-NL’s Anthony Rizzo (1.023), Arizona’s Jake Lamb (1.014), Boston’s Jackie Bradley Jr. (1.006), Toronto’s Josh Donaldson (1.005) and Los Angeles’ Mike Trout (1.005).
SPREADING WINS…Seattle had 16 different pitchers record a win this season, T3rd-most in the Majors behind Atlanta (17) and Texas (17) and tied with Los Angeles-NL…Hisashi Iwakuma led the team with 9 wins, while Nathan Karns and Wade Miley were tied for 2nd with 6…eight different starters recorded a win as a starter, and 9 pitchers recorded a win as a reliever…Mike Montgomery was the only hurler to record a win out of the bullpen and as a starter.
CALLING FOR REINFORCEMENTS…from the start of the season through the end of May, the Mariners used only 5 starters (Hisashi Iwakuma, Felix Hernandez, Nathan Karns, Wade Miley and Taijuan Walker)…Seattle was the last American League team to use a 6th starter…from June through the end of the first half, James Paxton (8), Wade LeBlanc (3), Mike Montgomery (1), Vidal Nuno (1) and Adrian Sampson (1) also made starts…the 10 starters used is T6th-most in Majors and T2nd-most in the A.L. behind Oakland (11).
INTERLEAGUE PLAY…Seattle was 9-3 (.750) during Interleague Play in the first half, tied for the best Interleague winning percentage this season with Texas (min. 3 G)…the 9 wins are tied for 2nd-most in the Majors behind Detroit (10)…Seattle faced Cincinnati (3-0), San Diego (3-1), St. Louis (2-1) and Pittsburgh (1-1).
KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK…the Mariners struck out 19 hitters on June 15 vs. Tampa Bay…it wass the 6th time in club history that the pitching staff has struck out 19+ hitters in a game of any length (last: 21, April 17, 2013 vs. Detroit in 14.0 innings)…the Mariners record for strikeouts in a single game is 21 (3x)…the 19 strikeouts are the most in any road game, regardless of length.
GOOD COMPANY…Robinson Canó hit .313 (114×364) with 64 runs, 23 doubles, 1 triple, 21 home runs and 58 RBI…he’s the 5th Mariners player in club history (done 11x) to record at least 100 hits, score at least 50 runs and drive in at least 50 runs prior to the All-Star break…he joined Ken Griffey Jr. (4x: 1993, 1994, 1998 & 1999), Edgar Martinez (3x: 1996, 1997 & 2000), Alex Rodriguez (2x: 1998 & 2000) & Bret Boone (2x: 2001 & 2003).
CANÓ NAMED AL PLAYER OF THE WEEK…Robinson Canó was named American League Player of the Week for after hitting .516 (16×31) with 8 runs, 3 doubles, 4 home runs, 9 RBI and a 1.516 OPS in 7 games vs. the Athletics and Astros…he recorded a hit in each of the 7 games and tallied 5 multi-hit games…it was the seventh career Player of the Week honor for Canó (first with Seattle).
THAT’S RARE…the Mariners first 9 wins of the season came from 9 different pitchers (Nick Vincent, Joaquin Benoit, Steve Cishek, Nathan Karns, Felix Hernandez, Taijuan Walker, Tony Zych, Joel Peralta & Wade Miley)…in the last 100 years, the Mariners are only the 5th team to open a season with each of their first 9 wins by 9 different pitchers…Seattle joins the 2012 Pittsburgh Pirates, the 2008 Oakland Athletics, the 1992 California Angels and the 1966 Pittsburgh Pirates.
PRIDE OF VENEZUELA…Felix Hernandez tossed 6.0 innings on Opening Day on at Texas to give him 2,268.1 IP in his MLB career, the most by a Venezuelan-born pitcher, passing Freddy Garcia (2,264.0)…Felix already has the strikeout record by a Venezuelan (2,195) and his 147 wins rank 2nd (Garcia, 156).
MASHING…Nelson Cruz hit 23 home runs in the first half…he’s one of 7 Mariners players (12 times) to collect 23+ home runs prior to the All-Star Break…joined Ken Griffey Jr. (5x), Alex Rodriguez (2x), Bret Boone, Raul Ibanez, Jay Buhner and Edgar Martinez…23 homers is the 2nd-most for Nelson prior to the break (28 in 2014).
DOUBLE UP…Kyle Seager collected 26 doubles this season, a personal first-half high (previous: 24 in 2013)…Seager is the first Mariners player to reach as many as 25 doubles prior to the All-Star Break since 2008 when Jose Lopez and Raul Ibanez each had 26.
HOT CORNER COMPANY…Kyle Seager hit 18 home runs in the first half…the 18 home runs matches Jim Presley (18 in 1985 & 1986) for most home runs by a Mariners third baseman prior to the All-Star Break…the 18 home runs before the break is also a personal best (had 15 in 2013 & 2014).
WALK IT OFF…the Mariners hit four walk-off home runs, all by different players: Dae-Ho Lee ( vs. TEX), Chris Iannetta ( vs. TB), Leonys Martin ( vs. OAK) and Adam Lind (June 24 vs. STL)…the Mariners tied their franchise record for most players with a game-ending homer in a single season…four players had walk-off homers for Seattle in 1986 (Jim Presley-4/8 vs. LAA & 7/17 vs. BOS, Dave Henderson-4/23 vs. MIN, Alvin Davis-8/15 & 16 vs. MIN & Ken Phelps-9/3 vs. DET) and 2004 (Raul Ibanez-4/20 vs. OAK, Bret Boone-7/19 vs. BOS, Bucky Jacobsen-7/21 vs. OAK & Randy Winn-8/28 vs. KC).
TWENTY TWENTY…Robinson Canó hit 21 home runs, matching his home run total from all of 2015…he’s 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).
FOUR OF A KIND…the Mariners had a player with a multi-home run game in four consecutive games : Nelson Cruz ( ), Chris Iannetta ( ) & Robinson Canó ( ) & Dae-Ho Lee ( )…the 4 straight games with an individual multi-homer game matched the MLB single-season record (3rd time): Mariners join Chicago-NL, June 17-20, 1998 (Hernandez 2; Brown 3; Sosa 2; Sosa 2) & Cleveland, July 17-20, 2000 (Thome 2; Ramirez 2; Thome 2; Ramirez 2)…the Mariners previous club-record for consecutive multi-HR games was 3 (4x), last June 24-27, 2006 (Ibanez 2/Johjima 2; Sexson 2; Johjima 2).
HALL OF FAME COMPANY…Robinson Canó hit 21 homers, his 7th season with 20+ home runs…he’s 6th second baseman in MLB history to have 7+ such seasons joining Jeff Kent (12), Hall of Famer Craig Biggio (7), Hall of Famer Joe Gordon (7), Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby (7) & Dan Uggla (7)…he’s the 2nd Seattle second baseman with multiple 20-home run years (also: Boone, 4x, 37 in 2001, 24 in 2002, 35 in 2003 & 24 in 2004).
HOMEGROWN…Adrian Sampson, born in Redmond, Washington, started at Boston on June 18…he is the 14th pitcher in club history who was born in Washington state and the 6th Washington-born pitcher to make a start for Seattle…he joined Mike Campbell (34 starts), Bob Wells (21), Tom House (20), Jeremy Bonderman (7) and Rob Ramsay (4).
KEYSTONE POWER…Robinson Canó hit his 247th home run as a second baseman on June 17 at Boston, passing Joe Gordon (246) for the most home runs as a second baseman in American League history…Jeff Kent holds the Major League record with 351 home runs at the keystone position.
SMITH-EREENS…Seth Smith homered in 4 straight games (June 30-July 3) becoming the 11th different Mariners player (done 16 times) to homer in 4 straight games…the last Mariners player to turn the trick was Franklin Gutierrez (9/12-20/15)…the last left-handed hitter to do so for Seattle was Ken Griffey Jr. 6/28-7/2/1998.
KKKKKK…Taijuan Walker struck out a career-high tying 11 batters on vs. Houston…he also struck out the last 6 batters he faced (Rasmus, White, Gattis, Gomez, Valbuena, Kratz)…he finished one strikeout short of tying Mark Langston’s single-game record for consecutive strikeouts (7, June 15, 1984 vs. Texas)…the Mariners record for most consecutive strikeouts over a two-game span is 8 by Felix Hernandez (April 18-24, 2015), Arthur Rhodes (May 4-8, 2002) & Mark Langston (Sept. 22-28, 1986).
APRIL TO REMEMBER…Felix Hernandez (1.38 ERA) and Taijuan Walker (1.44 ERA) posted the 2nd and 3rd-best April ERA’s in club history, trailing only Floyd Bannister (1.21 ERA in 1980)…Felix finished the month 2-2 with a 1.38 ERA (5 ER, 32.2 IP) with 28 strikeouts in five starts…Taijuan was 2-0 with a 1.44 ERA (4 ER, 25.0 IP) with 25 strikeouts in four starts.
ALL RIGHT VS. LEFTIES…the Mariners led the Majors Leagues in home runs vs. left-handed pitchers this season with 44…Nelson Cruz’s 12 home runs off of lefties this season are the most in the Majors, while Franklin Gutierrez (7) ranks T4th in the American League and Dae-Ho-Lee (6) is T9th…Cruz is slugging .705 against left-handed pitching this season, the highest mark in the American League.
HOME SWEET HOME…Seattle went 7-2 (.778) during their 9-game homestand June 24-July 3 against St. Louis (2-1), Pittsburgh (1-1) and Baltimore (4-0)…it was the 11th homestand in club history with at least a .750 winning percentage (min. 9 games)…the last homestand that boasted a .750+ winning percentage was an 8-1 (.889) mark Aug. 5-13, 2014…the best homestand in club history was an 11-1 mark May 29-June 10, 2001.
LIKE A FINE WINE…Nelson Cruz (23) became the third player in club history to record 20+ home runs before the All-Star break in his age-35 or older season…Cruz trails only Raul Ibanez’s 24 home runs before the break in 2013 in his age-41 season and Edgar Martinez’s 23 home runs by the All-Star break in 2000 in his age-37 season.
POSITIONAL POWER…the Mariners got 15+ home runs from 5 different positions during the first half: First Base (22), second base (20), third base (18), right field (18) and designated hitter (19)…Seatle also got double-digit home runs from their catchers (10) and center fielders (12).
CRUZ MISSILE…Nelson Cruz has 23 home runs on the season, marking his 8th consecutive season with 20+ home runs, 2009-current…Cruz joins Boston’s David Ortiz (22) as the only two players with an active streak of 20+ home runs in each of the last 8 seasons.
ROUND NUMBER…Robinson Canó scored his 1,000th career run on at Texas…since the RBI became an official stat in 1920, Canó is 1 of 6 players to record at least 1,000 runs scored and 1,000 RBI through their first 12 seasons…he joins Matt Holiday, COL-OAK-STL (2004-15, 1056 R/1091 RBI), Miguel Cabrera, FLA-DET (2003-14, 1165 R/1369 RBI), Albert Pujols, STL-LAA (2001-12, 1376 R/1434 RBI), Lance Berkman, HOU-NYY (1999-2010, 1017 R, 1099 RBI) and Carlos Lee, CWS-MIL-TEX-HOU (1999-2010, 1006 R/1192 RBI).
CALL IT A COMEBACK… the Mariners trailed San Diego by 10 runs, 12-2, after 5 innings on , but scored 5 in the 6th & 9 in the 7th to finish a 16-13 comeback win, the largest comeback win in club history.
- ·Completed the largest comeback win in club history (previous: 8-run deficit, 9-1, entering the bottom of the 4th inning, in a 11-10 win vs. the Angels on 4/15/96.
- ·Marked the 21st comeback win in the 141-year history of Major League Baseball in which the winning team overcame a double-digit deficit…the Mariners are just the 7th visiting team in MLB history to overcome a double-digit deficit to win (last: PHI at LAD, 8/21/90…the Phillies trailed 11-1 after 7 innings, but scored 2 in the 8th and 9 in the 9th to win, 12-11). (Elias Sports Bureau)
- ·First comeback win in the Majors when winning team trailed by 10+ runs after 5 innings since Cleveland defeated Seattle, 15-14, in 11 innings, on August 5, 2001 in Cleveland…first 9-inning comeback win in the Majors when winning team trailed by 10+ after 5 innings since Philadelphia came back from a 11-1 deficit after 7 innings to defeat Los Angeles-NL, 12-11, on August 21, 1990 at Los Angeles.
- ·Seattle’s 9-run 7th inning marked a club record for runs scored in an inning without an extra-base hit.
- ·Scored 9 runs with 2 outs in the 7th inning, 2nd-most runs scored with 2 outs in club history, trailing only 10 runs with 2 outs in the 5th on August 30, 2003 vs. Baltimore.
- ·Since 1974, the Mariners are the only team to have 2 or fewer extra-base hits while overcoming a double-digit deficit to win (Seattle recorded 3 XBH, but only 2 while scoring 14 runs over final 4 innings).
- ·The Mariners were 11-for-12 with 15 RBI with runners in scoring position…marked Seattle’s highest batting average w/RISP (min. 4 AB w/RISP) in club history (previous: 6-for-7, 5/29/94 at MIL).
- ·Recorded a club-record 8 RBI by players off the bench (previous: 6 RBI, 9/8/02 at KC)…coming off the bench, the Mariners combined to go 6-for-9 with 5 runs, 1 home run, 8 RBI and 1 BB.
GREEN WITH ENVY…Franklin Gutierrez was 3-for-5 with 3 runs scored, a double, 2 home runs and 6 RBI on June 17 at Boston.
- ·Set single-game career highs in RBI (6) and total bases (10).
- ·Recorded his 3rd career multi-home run game, his 2nd at Fenway Park (also: Aug. 16, 2015).
- ·Multiple HR in consecutive G at Fenway, becoming 5th visitor since 1913 (last: E. Encarnacion, 2014).
- ·He’s 4th Mariners hitter with 6+ RBI vs. Boston (Mike Blowers, 2x in 1995 & Bret Boone in 2004).
ROOKIE LEADERS…among American League rookie leaders, Dae-Ho Lee ranks 1st with 37 RBI and T1st (also: Byung Ho Park-MIN) with 12 home runs despite having just 177 at-bats…Edwin Diaz ranks 5th among AL rookie relievers with 34 strikeouts despite logging just 17.2 innings pitched…among all relievers (min. 17.0 IP), Diaz leads the Majors in strikeouts/9.0 innings pitched with a mark of 17.32 (34 K, 17.2 IP).
ELITE SECOND BASEMAN…Robinson Canó recorded his 450th career double on at Oakland, becoming the 5th second baseman in Major League history with 2,000 hits, 450 doubles, 200 home runs and 1,000 RBI (also: Roberto Alomar, Craig Biggio, Jeff Kent and Rogers Hornsby).
WAR…according to FanGraphs, Robinson Canó’s 3.7 WAR is the 7th-best in the American League, while teammate Kyle Seager’s 3.1 WAR ranks 14th…on the Mariners, those two are followed by Nelson Cruz (2.1) and Leonys Martin (1.4).
BULLPEN BULLIES…the Mariners bullpen struck out 315 batters, the 2nd-most in the Majors behind New York-AL (323)…overall, the bullpen posted a 3.44 ERA (107 ER, 280.1 IP), which ranked 5th in the American League…Seattle limited opposing hitters to a .225 batting average, the 2nd-best mark in the American League behind New York-AL (.224)…closer Steve Cishek ranked 4th in the American League with 21 saves.
WIN STREAKING…Wade Miley led the Mariners pitching staff with a 6-game winning streak (in decisions)…during his streak, he was 6-0 with a 4.50 ERA (28 ER, 56.0 IP) with 36 strikeouts from …Nathan Karns had the second longest streak at five from when he was 5-0 with a 3.08 ERA (18 ER, 52.2 IP) with 51 strikeouts.
GETTING ON…Robinson Canó reached base safely in a career-high 34 consecutive games from , hitting .324 (45×139) with 30 runs, 11 doubles, 1 triple, 8 home runs and 24 RBI…his previous best mark was 31 (2x, last: Sept. 7, 2015-April 10, 2016)…the streak was the 2nd-longest in the Majors during the first half, behind Miami’s Marcell Ozuna (36, ).
WELCOME TO THE SHOW…Three Mariners made their MLB debut during the first half: 1B Dae-Ho Lee ( at Texas), RHP Edwin Diaz ( vs. Cleveland) & RHP Adrian Sampson (June 18 at Boston).
SAFE AT HOME…the Mariners 65 home runs hit at home are their most in Safeco Field history (2000-c) before the All-Star Break (previous: 56, 2000).
ONE IS THE LONELIEST NUMBER…the Mariners lost 3-2 to the Rangers on Opening Day on despite allowing just 1 hit, marking the first time in club history to lose a game in which they allowed 1 hit or fewer…Seattle recorded their 4th win in club history when being one-hit in a 1-0 win over Kansas City on ,…since 1913, the Mariners are just the 4th team to win a game with 1 hit and lose a game while allowing 1 hit or fewer in the same season (also: Boston Braves: 1914; St. Louis Cardinals: 1914 & Tampa Bay Rays: 2014).
OPENING DAY WIN STREAK ENDS…on at Texas, the Mariners had their Opening Day winning streak snapped at 9 consecutive season openers, which was a club record…Seattle’s previous record for consecutive Opening Day wins was 5 straight from 1982-86…the streak is T2nd-longest Opening Day win streak in history and tied for the longest in the modern era (see sidebar)…it was the longest OD winning streak since the Cincinnati Reds posted 9 straight OD wins from 1983-1991, and tied for the longest American League Opening Day win streak trailing only the St. Louis Browns (9 straight, 1937-45)…the 9 consecutive wins are tied for the 2nd-most all-time.
OPENING DAY TIDBITS…Joel Peralta was the oldest player on Mariners roster at 40 years, 12 days, while Ketel Marte was the youngest player at 22 years, 175 days…players who made their first Opening Day roster include Dae-Ho Lee (INF), Ketel Marte (INF), Mike Montgomery (LHP), Luis Sardiñas (INF), and Tony Zych (RHP) are on their first Opening Day rosters…it was the 11th OD roster for Felix Hernandez & Robinson Canó.
KING FELIX MADE NINTH OPENING DAY START…Felix Hernandez made his 9th career Opening Day start on at Texas (2007 vs. OAK, 2009 at MIN, 2010 at OAK, 2011 at OAK, 2012 at OAK-Tokyo, 2013 at OAK, 2014 at LAA, 2015 vs. LAA), and his 8th consecutive…the start extends his club record for most career Opening Day nods, with the previous record being 5 by Randy Johnson (1992-96).
INTERNATIONALLY KNOWN…238 players on 2016 Opening Day 25-man rosters and inactive lists were born outside the 50 United States…the Mariners had the most foreign-born players with a total of 13 on an Opening Day roster that spanned five different countries and territories outside the U.S.: Cuba (Leonys Martin), Dominican Republic (Joaquin Benoit, Robinson Canó, Ketel Marte, Joel Peralta, Nelson Cruz), Japan (Norichika Aoki, Hisashi Iwakuma), Korea (Dae-Ho Lee), Venezuela (Felix Hernandez, Luis Sardiñas, Franklin Gutierrez, Jesus Sucre).
DRAFT RECAP…the club selected 40 players in the 2016 Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft, highlighted by their first pick, outfielder Kyle Lewis, who was the 11th overall selection in the draft…the Mariners selected 19 pitchers, including 6 left-handers, 4 catchers, 8 infielders (1 2B, 4 SS, 3 3B), and 9 outfi elders…Seattle selected 29 college players and 11 high school players.
ALL-STAR FUTURES GAME…the Mariners had two players selected for the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game that took place on Sunday, July 10 at Petco Park in San Diego…RHP Dylan Unsworth (South Africa), who was on the DL at the time, was 3-1 with a 1.16 ERA (6 ER, 46.2 IP) in 9 starts for AA Jackson, while OF Tyler O’Neill (Canada) is hitting .308 (96×312) with 45 runs, 20 doubles, 3 triples, 16 home runs and 66 RBI in 80 games for Jackson…both were selected to play for the World Team.
THAT STINGS…the Mariners had to place 13 different players on the disabled list this season, including four members of the starting rotation (Taijuan Walker, Felix Hernandez, Adrian Sampson and Wade Miley)…three players are on the 60-day disabled list who have not appeared in a game this season (LHP Charlie Furbush, RHP Ryan Cook and RHP Evan Scribner)…Seattle also lost their centerfielder Leonys Martin for 14 games and their shortstop Ketel Marte for 13 games.…the club currently (as of the All-Star Break) has 9 players on the disabled list.