Mariners Game Notes Vs Toronto Blue Jays

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Upcoming Probable Starting Pitchers:

 

Day Date Time (PST) Opponent Mariners Opponent
Friday 7/22 4:07 pm @TOR James Paxton (LHP) Marco Estrada (RHP)
Saturday 7/23 10:07 am @TOR Hisashi Iwakuma (RHP) R.A. Dickey (RHP)
Sunday 7/24 10:07 am @TOR TBA JA Happ (LHP)

Tonight’s Game Notes 

AS YOU KNOWMike Zunino has recorded 3 hits this season, all of which have been home runs…BUT DID YOU KNOW?…that he’s the 2nd player in club history to record 3 homers with each of his first 3 hits of the season?…he joins Robinson Canó who did so with his first 4 hits of the 2016 season.

TONIGHT’S TILT…the Mariners open a 3-team, 11-day, 8-game trip with the first of three games at Toronto (3 G) before travling to Pittsburgh (2 G) and Chicago-NL (3 G)…just completed a 3-3 hometand against Houston (1-2) and Chicago-AL (2-1)…tonight’sgame 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…have won 2 of last 3 games and have split the last 6 games and are 5-5 in their last 10 games…have lost 8 of last 13 but are 9-8 in last 17 and 12-10 in last 22 games…are 20-29 over their last 49 games since May 27 following a 26-12 stretch fromApril 13-May 25.

  • ·Two Outs, So What – Mariners rank 4th in MLB with 172 two-out RBI…trail BOS (192), TB (179) & TOR (173).
  • ·Divisional Data – the Mariners are 10-14 vs. the AL Central this season…Seattle is 16-24 vs. the AL West, 13-6 vs. the AL East, including going 7-0 vs. the East at home and 9-3 vs. Interleague opponents.
  • ·Close Games – Seattle has played 34 one-run games this season, tied with Houston (34) for the MLB lead…the Mariners are 16-18 (.471) in one-run games.
  • ·Ironman Streak – Robinson Canó enters play today with the active games started streak in Majors (153), ranking ahead of Alcides Escobar (103), Mark Trumbo (100) and Marcus Semien (98).
  • ·Home Field Advantage – Seattle is 25-18 over this last 43 home games after starting the season 0-5.

MAKING UP GROUND…Seattle woke up on June 30th trailing the Texas Rangers by 11.5 games in the American League West standings…in the last 17 games, the Mariners are 9-8 and have made up 5 games in the standings and currently trail by 6.5 games (Texas is 4-13 in that span).

BEASTS AGAINST THE EAST…Seattle is 13-6 (.684) in 19 games against the American League East this season, including four straight…Toronto is the only A.L. East team that Seattle hasn’t faced this season…Seattle is 16-8 (.667) in its last 24 games against the American League East…the .684 winning percentage against the East this season is the best in the Majors (min. 5 games).

GOING DEEP…Seattle starters are averaging 6.33 innings over their last 10 starts (since July 7)…in that span, have posted a 3.98 ERA (28 ER, 63.1 IP)…from June 22-July 6, averaged 5.19 innings per start, while posting a 5.70 ERA (46 ER, 72.2 IP).

SEEING RED VS. BLUE JAYSChris Iannetta is hitting .413 (26×63) with 26 runs, 8 doubles, 3 home runs and 14 RBi in 20 career games vs. the Blue Jays…the .413 mark is the best among active players (min. 60 PA) against Toronto, ahead of Cleveland’s Michael Brantley (.363) and Tampa Bay’s Kevin Kiermaier (.344)…teammate Kyle Seager (.336/39×116) ranks 5th on the list.

WALK IT OFF…Seattle recorded its 6th walk-off home run (Leonys Martin) of the season on Wednesday vs. Chicago-AL…the 6 walk-off home runs ties a club record (also: 1986) and it leads the Majors this season… the 6 walk-off home runs belong to Leonys MartinMay 24 vs. OAK & July 20 vs. CWS; Chris IannettaMay 11 vs. TB; Dae-Ho LeeApril 13 vs. TEX & Adam Lind, June 24 vs. STL & July 18 vs. CWS

FIFTEEN TIMES FOUR…Seattle has four players who have hit 15+ home runs this season: Nelson Cruz (23), Robinson Canó (22), Kyle Seager (18) and Adam Lind (15)…Seattle is one of 5 teams in the Majors with 4+ players with 15+ homers, joining Baltimore (5), Cincinnati (5), Detroit (4) and Toronto (4)…other Mariners nearing 15 are Leonys Martin (13), Dae-Ho Lee (12) and Seth Smith (11)…Seattle had 5 players with 15+ home runs in 2015…the last time Seattle had 6 players was in 1999.

HOMECOMINGAdam Lind spent parts of nine seasons in Toronto with the Blue Jays…in 953 career games with Toronto, he hit .273 (931×3407) with 429 runs, 196 doubles, 12 triples, 146 home runs and 519 RBI…at the time of his trade following the 2014 season, he ranked among franchise leaders in slugging percentage (8th/.466), RBI (8th/519), home runs (9th/146), hits (10th/931) and doubles (10th/196).

FIRST BASE PRODUCTION…Seattle first basemen have combined to hit 23 home runs and drive in 64 runs with a .490 slugging percentage…among first basemen, Seattle ranks 2nd in the American League (4th in Majors) with 23 home runs behind Chicago (26), Cleveland (24) and Philadelphia (24)…in RBI, Seattle (64) ranks 2nd in the A.L. (5th in Majors) behind Chicago-NL (73), Cleveland (68), St. Louis (66) & Arizona (65).

SIMPLY SEAGERKyle Seager ranks 3rd in the American League (behind David Ortiz-34 & Manny Machado-30) with 27 doubles…the last time a Mariners player finished the season in the top-5 in the AL in doubles was John Olerud in 2000, who ranked 4th in the AL with 45 doubles…since June 28, Seager leads the Major Leagues with 10 doubles.

FAST START…since making his Major League debut on June 6Edwin Diaz has recorded 42 strikeouts over 20.2 innings pitched in his first 20 career appearances…Diaz’s 42 strikeouts are the most in Major League history (since 1913) in a reliever’s first 21.0 career innings or fewer (Stats Inc.)…see sidebar to see how Diaz stacks up among relievers since 1974.

DOUBLE TIMERobinson Canó has recorded 469 career doubles, 5th-most through his first 12 seasons (2005–2016) in Major League history (since 1913)…trails Todd Helton (471) for 4th-most by just 2 doubles…Albert Pujols (2001–2012) holds the all-time record for doubles in a player’s first 12 seasons with 505… Canó ranks T11th in the American League this season with 23 doubles.

BULLPEN BULLIES…the Mariners bullpen ranks 2nd in the Major Leagues with a 10.25 K/9.0 IP ratio (341 K, 299.1 IP), trailing only New York–AL (10.72/342K, 287.0 IP)…Seattle’s relievers also rank 2nd in strikeouts with 341, trailing only the Yankees (342).

CLIMBING THE LADDERRobinson Canó homered in the 4th inning Tuesday, giving him 762 extra-base hits in his career to pass Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg for 8th-most extra-base hits all time by a second baseman (primary position)…Canó has 469 doubles, 32 triples and 261 home runs in his career…the only second baseman with more extra-base hits are Craig Biggio (1,014), Rogers Hornsby (1,011), Jeff Kent (984), Charlie Gehringer (904), Nap Lajoie (902), Joe Morgan (813) and Roberto Alomar (794).

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