Upcoming Probable Starting Pitchers:
|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 MAY KNOW…Hisashi Iwakuma leads the Majors in wins since May 20 with a record of 12-3…BUT DID YOU KNOW…that Iwakuma has the highest career winning percentage in club history (min. 90 decisions)?…in his career, Iwakuma owns a winning percentage of .652 (60-32), ranking ahead of Randy Johnson (.637/130-74), Jamie Moyer (.625/145-87), Freddy Garcia (.603/76-50) and Felix Hernandez (.587/149-105).
TONIGHT’S TILT…the Mariners continue a 2-team, 7-game road trip with the 2nd (0-1) of 3 games at Oakland…will also travel to Los Angeles–AL for a 4-game series beginning Monday…went 8-2 on the recently-concluded 10-game homestand vs. Boston (2-2), Los Angeles–AL (3-0) and Detroit (3-0)…tonight’s game will be televised on ROOT SPORTS NW and broadcast live on 770 KTTH and the Mariners Radio Network (Seahawks game on 710 ESPN Seattle).
ODDS AND ENDS…the Mariners have won 6 of their last 7 games…are 14-8 in their last 22 games, are 15-10 in the last 25 and 17-12 in their last 29 games…are 32-36 over their last 68 games since May 27 following a 26-12 stretch from April 13-May 25.
- Divisional Data – the Mariners are 19-25 vs. the AL West this season, including a record of 9-11 against the West on the road…Seattle is 13-14 vs. the AL Central, 17-9 vs. the AL East and 11-6 vs. Interleague opponents.
- 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 6th in the Major Leagues with 199 two-out RBI…trail Boston (232), Washington (207), Cleveland (204), Toronto (201) and Chicago–NL (200)…rank ahead of Tampa Bay (197).
- Swung On And Belted – The Mariners rank 3rd in the Majors in home runs with 160…trailing only Baltimore (174) & Toronto (164)…ranking ahead of St. Louis (157) and Texas (152).
- Comebacks – Seattle has 28 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.
LAST 15…Hisashi Iwakuma is 12-3 in his last 15 starts, since May 20…Iwakuma’s 12 wins during that time span lead the Major Leagues…Iwakuma has pitched at least 6.0 innings in 13 of his last 15 outings…Iwakuma’s streak of 15 consecutive decisions is the longest active streak in the Majors and the longest by a Mariners pitcher since Felix Hernandez posted 15 straight decisions, April 18, 2006 – July 3, 2006.
SIMPLY SEAGER…Kyle Seager played his 800th career game on Wednesday vs. Detroit…through his first 800 career games, Seager recorded 173 double and 117 home runs…Seager is one of 4 players to record at least 150 doubles and at least 100 home runs through their first 800 career games with the Mariners, joining Alvin Davis (157 2B, 117 HR), Ken Griffey Jr. (182 2B, 162 HR) and Alex Rodriguez (194 2B, 189 HR)…Seager’s 173 doubles rank T4th-most in club history through a player’s first 800 career games…trails Edgar Martinez (206 2B), Alex Rodriguez (194 2B), Ken Griffey Jr. (182 2B) and is tied with Jose Lopez (173 2B).
EVERYONE’S PITCHING IN…The Mariners have set a club record for most pitchers used in a single season with 29 (previous: 28, 1999 & 2015)…with his start last night at Oakland, Joe Wieland became the 29th different pitcher to appear in a game for Seattle this season…since 1913, the Major League record for most pitchers used in a season is 40, set by the Texas Rangers in 2014.
WHAT A (CALENDAR) YEAR…Over the last calendar year (8/12/15 – c), Hisashi Iwakuma is 19-10 with a 3.45 ERA (81 ER, 211.0 IP) with 171 strikeouts and 45 walks…Iwakuma is looking to become just the 4th pitcher in the Major Leagues with 20 wins dating back to August 12, 2015…during that time span, Iwakuma ranks T4th in the Majors in wins (also: Cole Hamels – TEX & Rick Porcello – BOS), trailing only Jake Arrieta – CHC (23), J.A. Happ – PIT-TOR (23) and Stephen Strausburg – WAS (20).
LEADING THE WAY…since Aug. 1, Seattle leads the Major Leagues in bullpen ERA with a mark of 1.31 (5 ER 34.1 IP)…during this same stretch, the Mariners have posted a team ERA of 2.72 (32 ER, 106.0 IP), which is2nd-best in the Major Leagues during that time behind only Chicago–NL (1.47/15 ER, 92.0 IP)…over the last 11 games (8/1–c), the Mariners bullpen is 4-2, 1.31 with 7 saves while limiting opponents to a .186 (22×118) average with 7 walks and 24 strikeouts…in that same time span, Mariners starters have posted quality starts in 7 out of their 11 outings with a 3.39 ERA (27 ER, 71.2 IP).
BUENOS DIAZ…Edwin Diaz has recorded 58 strikeouts in the first 31.0 innings pitched of his career…Diaz’s 58 strikeouts are the most in a pitcher’s first 31.0 IP in Major League history since 1913 (STATS Inc.)…here is a breakdown of the top 5 most strikeouts in a pitcher’s first 31.0 innings: Edwin Diaz: 58 K – 2016, Dellin Betances: 54 K – 2011-14, Criag Kimbrel: 54 K – 2010-11, Kerry Wood: 50 K – 1998 and Al Alburquerque: 54 K – 2011.
SLUGGING TRIO…Nelson Cruz (72 HR), Kyle Seager (48 HR) and Robinson Canó (46 HR) have combined to hit 166 home runs since the start of the 2015 season, 4th-most among teammate trios in the Major Leagues during that time span…the Mariners trail Toronto: 194 HR (Edwin Encarnacion – 71 HR, Josh Donaldson – 68 HR & Jose Bautista – 55 HR), Baltimore: 182 HR (Chris Davis – 71 HR, Manny Machdo – 61 HR & Adam Jones – 50 HR) and Colorado: 170 HR (Nolan Arenado – 72 HR, Carlos Gonzalez – 63 HR & Charlie Blackmon – 35 HR), while ranking ahead of Los Angeles – AL: 162 HR (Mike Trout – 63 HR, Albert Pujols – 61 HR & Kole Calhoun – 38 HR)…STATS Inc.
A-OAK-I…Norichika Aoki has hit safely in 17 of his 18 games with an-bat vs. the Athletics…in his career vs. the Athletics, Aoki is batting .333 (24×72) with 11 runs, 5 doubles, 1 triple and 7 RBI in 19 games…Aoki has recorded 7 multi-hit games against Oakland, including his last 2 games and 3 of his last 6 games vs. the Athletics (5/2 – c).
WEAR IT…The Mariners lead the American League in hit batsmen with 57…trail only Chicago–NL (74) and Pittsburgh (65), while ranking ahead of St. Louis (50), Texas (49), Tampa Bay (48) and Washington (48).
MAKING THEMSELVES AT HOME…since 2013, the Mariners are 22-12 (.647) in 34 games vs. the Athletics at the Oakland Coliseum, including winning 7 of their last 8 games at Oakland since July 5, 2015…Seattle’s .647 winning percentage at the Oakland Coliseum since 2013 is the best in the Majors of any visiting team (min. 10 games), ranking ahead of Texas (21-14/.600), Chicago–AL (7-6/.538) and Detroit (7-6/.538).
oday in Mariners History (August 13)
· 1985 – Each Mariner starter collected at least one hit as the Mariners blew past the California Angels, 11-4, with a 14-hit attack.
· 1996 – Newcomer Terry Mulholland won his first and halted a season-long, seven-game losing skid. Randy Johnson, who returned from his back injury August 6, closed the game with four innings of shutout relief for a save in the 9-5 win.
· 2000 – Al Martin hits 3rd 3B in 10 games with the Mariners.
· 2013 – Brad Miller hit a pair of home runs, including his first career leadoff HR, in his first MLB game in his home state of Florida in a 5-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Miller and Ben Zobrist each hit leadoff home runs, and each recorded a multi-HR game. That marked the 3rd time in MLB history both leadoff hitters hit a pair of home runs in the same game. Miller also became the 3rd player in the divisional era (since 1969) to record his first 4 MLB home runs via multi-HR games.