Upcoming Probable Starting Pitchers:
|Wednesday||8/10||7:10 PM||vs. DET||Felix Hernandez (RHP)||Justin Verlander (RHP)|
|Friday||8/12||7:05 pm||at OAK||Ariel Miranda (RHP)||Sean Manaea (LHP)|
|Saturday||8/13||6:05 pm||at OAK||Hisashi Iwakuma (RHP)||Kendall Graveman (RHP)|
|Sunday||8/14||1:05 pm||at OAK||Wade LeBlanc (LHP)||Zach Neal (RHP)|
Tonight’s Game Notes
AS YOU KNOW…Kyle Seager tied last night’s game at 4-4 with a 3-run homer in the 8th inning and tied the game again at 5-5 with an RBI-single in the 15th inning…BUT DID YOU KNOW…that Seager is the first Mariners player in club history to record 2 game-tying RBI in the 8th inning and later? (STATS Inc.)
TONIGHT’S TILT…the Mariners conclude a 3-team, 10-day, 10-game homestand with the final of three games against the Detroit Tigers (2-0)…began the homestand by splitting a 4-game series vs. Boston and sweeping a 3-game set against Los Angeles-AL…following the Detroit series, Seattle will embark on a 2-team, 7-game road trip to Oakland (3 G) and Los Angeles-AL (4 G)…tonight’s game will be televised on ROOT SPORTS NW and broadcast live on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network.
ODDS AND ENDS…the Mariners are 13-7 in their last 20 games, are 14-9 in the last 23 and 16-11 in their last 27 games…are 31-35 over their last 66 games since May 27 following a 26-12 stretch from April 13-May 25.
- Old Tom – Since June 23, Tom Wilhelmsen has stranded 13 of 14 inherited runners (92.9%) and posted a 1.93 ERA (3 ER, 14.0 IP) with 11 strikeouts while holding opponents to a .196 (9×46) average.
- Two Outs – Mariners rank T3rd in the Major Leagues with 196 two-out RBI…trail Boston (226), Washington (200) and are tied with Toronto (196)… rank ahead of Tampa Bay (195) and Detroit (191).
- Swung On And Belted – The Mariners rank 3rd in the Majors in home runs with 157…trailing only Baltimore (170) & Toronto (160)…ranking ahead of St. Louis (151), Detroit (148) & Washington (148).
- Comebacks – Seattle has 27 come-from-behind victories this season, including 12 wins after trailing by 3+ runs…ahead of Texas (10) for most come-from-behind victories when trailing by 3+ runs in ML.
HISTORIC COMEBACK…the Mariners trailed 4-1 at the end of 7 innings last night before Kyle Seager tied the game in the bottom of the 8th with a 3-run homer; Seattle also trailed 5-4 entering the bottom of the 15th inning before scoring twice for a 6-5 victory…marks the 6th time in club history to win after having trailed after 7 innings and having trailed again in extra innings (last: 6/22/05 vs. OAK) and the 1st time in Mariners history to win after having trailed after 7 innings andin extras in a game of more than 12 innings (STATS Inc).
KEEP FIGHTING…the Mariners recorded their 7th walk-off win of the season last night, T2nd-most in the Majors (also: MIN, SD & SF), trailing only Houston (9)…it was their 12th victory after trailing by 3+ runs at any point in a game, the most such wins in the Major Leagues…it also marked the Mariners 7th win of the year when trailing at the end of 7 innings, T2nd-most in MLB (also: Kansas City & Oakland), trailing only Texas (9).
WHAT A RELIEF…Seattle’s bullpen combined to toss 10.0 innings while allowing just 1 run on 6 hits with 1 walk and 11 strikeouts last night vs. Detroit…marked the 20th time in club history to record 10.0 or more innings by the bullpen (last: 10/3/15 vs. OAK) and just the 5th time in franchise history that Mariners relievers have pitched at least 10.0 innings while allowing 1 or fewer runs (last: 7/6/08 vs. DET).
HOME SWEET HOME…Seattle has won 7 of the last 8 home games and are 22-11 at Safeco Field since May 30, the 2nd-most wins at home in the Majors during that span…since dropping the first 5 home games of the season, Seattle is 32-20 (.615) since April 13th…in that span, Seattle is one of 9 teams with a .600-or-better home winning percentage.
LATE AND GREAT…Kyle Seager belted a game-tying 3-run home run in the bottom of the 8th inning last night…it was the Mariners 11th home run in the 8th inning or later to tie the game or take the lead, which ranks T5th-most in the Majors (also: San Diego), trailing Minnesota (13), Oakland (13), Texas (13) & St. Louis (12).
REBUILT BULLPEN…of the 7 Mariners pitchers who pitched in relief last night (Nick Vincent, Vidal Nuño, Edwin Diaz, Arquimedes Caminero, Drew Storen, Tom Wilhelmsen and Ariel Miranda), only 1 pitcher (Nuño) opened Spring Training on the Mariners Major League 40-man roster…since Aug. 1, the Mariners bullpen is 3-2 with 6 saves with a 1.53 ERA (5 ER, 29.1 IP) over 9 games…during this stretch, Seattle ranks T2nd in the Major Leagues (also: ATL) in bullpen ERA, trailing only Oakland (1.45 ERA/5 ER, 31.0 IP)…over the last 9 games, Mariners relievers have limited opponents to a .180 (18×100) average with 7 walks and 21 strikeouts.
SWUNG ON AND BELTED…Seattle leads the Majors Leagues with 30 three-run home runs this season, ranking ahead of St. Louis (24), Cincinnati (23), Boston (20), Chicago – NL (20) and Toronto (20)…in Mariners single-season club history, 30 three-run homers rank T5th-most (also: 2000), trailing the clubs from 1996 (37), 1998 (33), 1995 (32) and 1997 (32).
TAMING THE TIGERS…Felix Hernandez owns a career ERA of 2.57 (26 ER, 91.0 IP) in 14 career starts vs. Detroit…2.57 is his 3rd-lowest career ERA vs. any single opponent (min. 50.0 IP), trailing his 1.94 ERA (26 ER, 120.2 IP) vs. Tampa Bay and his 2.26 ERA (32 ER, 127.1 IP) vs. Minnesota…Felix’s 9 wins vs. the Tigers are his 5th-most vs. any single opponent…11 of his 14 starts (78.6%) vs. Detroit have been quality starts, his T4th-highest percentage (min. 10 GS) of quality starts vs. any single opponent (also: Oakland)…overall, Hernandez is 9-3, 2.57 (26 ER, 91.0 IP) with 89 strikeouts and 23 walks in 14 career starts against the Tigers.
SEATTLE SLUGGERS…Robinson Canó (24 HR, 70 RBI), Nelson Cruz (27 HR, 71 RBI) and Kyle Seager (21 HR, 72 RBI) have each recorded at least 20 home runs and 70 RBI this season…Seattle is the only American League club with a trio of players matching that criteria…Colorado is the only other club with a trio of players with 20 or more home runs and 70 or more RBI (Nolan Arenado – 30 HR, 91 RBI, Carlos Gonzalez – 23 HR, 76 RBI & Trevor Story – 27 HR, 72 RBI).
THE SCHEDULE…after today’s game, the next 5 series (17 games), will be against teams that are a combined 44 games under .500: OAK: 50-63, LAA: 49-63, MIL: 49-62, NYY: 56-56 & CWS: 54-58.
GOING FOR DISTANCE…Seattle starters have gone at least 6.0 innings of 15 of the last 20 games (7/18-c), at least 7.0+ innings in 8 of the last 20 games – including 6 of the last 11 – and 8.0 innings in 3 of the last 9 games…during that stretch, Mariners starters are 8-4 with a 3.68 ERA (51 ER, 124.2 IP) with 101 strikeouts.
PLAYING IT CLOSE…nine of the Mariners last 10 games (7/21–c) have been decided by 2 runs or less, including five contestes that have been decided by 1 run…Seattle is 7-3 in those 10 games…the Mariners 19-21 (.475) have played 40 one-run games this season, tied with Houston for the most in the Majors.
Today in Mariners History (August 10):
· 1980 – Glenn Abbott went 10.2 innings but did not figure in the decision of the 14 inning 2-1 win at Oakland.
· 1981 – Julio Cruz, attempting to set an American League consecutive stolen bases record, was thrown out at second base in the 7th inning on a disputed call. Cruz had tied Willie Wilson’s record of 32 straight thefts. Ed Ott was the California catcher. The Mariners went on to beat California, 5-4, in the Kingdome.
· 1989 – Henry Cotto homers on his third consecutive pitch (Aug. 1 vs. CAL, Aug. 6 vs. OAK)at California off Chuck Finley.
· 1990 – Randy Johnson controls the defense, striking out 10 in eight innings, and Ken Griffey Jr. is the offensive star with a career high four hits as the Mariners beat Boston 4-1 in the Kingdome.
· 2013 – Ken Griffey Jr. becomes the 7th member of the Mariners Hall of Fame in a moving pre-game tribute to The Kid. A sellout crowd of 46,027, many wearing #24 jerseys, were on hand to honor Junior.
· 2015 – Franklin Gutierrez hit his 5th home run of the season and Nelson Cruz extended his hitting streak to a career-high 20 games but the Mariners lost 3-2 to Baltimore.