Upcoming Probable Starting Pitchers:
|Sunday||8/14||1:05 PM||at OAK||Wade LeBlanc (LHP)||Zach Neal (RHP)|
|Monday||8/15||7:05 PM||at LAA||Felix Hernandez (RHP)||Ricky Nolasco (RHP)|
|Tuesday||8/16||7:05 PM||at LAA||TBA||Jhoulys Chacin (RHP)|
|Wednesday||8/17||7:05 PM||at LAA||TBA||Tyler Skaggs (LHP)|
|Thursday||8/18||7:05 PM||at LAA||Hisashi Iwakuma (RHP)||Matt Shoemaker (RHP)|
Tonight’s Game Notes
AS YOU KNOW…Nelson Cruz hit 44 home runs in his debut season with the Mariners in 2015 to go along with his 29 home runs this season…BUT DID YOU KNOW…that Cruz’s 73 combined home runs since 2015 are tied for the most in a player’s first 2 seasons with Seattle?…Cruz has hit 73 home runs in his first 2 seasons with Seattle, equaling Richie Sexson’s club record for most home runs in a player’s first 2 seasons in a Mariners uniform…Cruz and Sexson rank ahead of Paul Sorrento (54 HR, 1996-97), Russell Branyan (46 HR, 2009-10) and Alvin Davis (45 HR, 1984-85).
TODAY’S TILT…the Mariners continue a 2-team, 7-game road trip with the final (1-1) of 3 games at Oakland…will also travel to Los Angeles–AL to begin a 4-game series tomorrow…went 8-2 on the recently-concluded 10-game homestand vs. Boston (2-2), Los Angeles–AL (3-0) and Detroit (3-0)…today’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 have won 7 of their last 8 games…are 15-8 in their last 23 games, are 16-10 in the last 26 and 18-12 in their last 30 games…are 33-36 over their last 69 games since May 27 following a 26-12 stretch from April 13-May 25.
- Don’t Mess with the Bull(pen) – over the last 8 games (8/5–c), the Mariners bullpen has posted a 0.33 ERA (1 ER, 27.1 IP) while limiting opponents to a .160 (15×94) average against – the best mark in the Majors since Aug. 5 – with 23 strikeouts and 3 walks…the 3 walks are the fewest in the Majors during that time span.
- Divisional Data – the Mariners are 20-25 vs. the AL West this season, including a record of 10-11 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 1.80 ERA (3 ER, 15.0 IP) with 12 strikeouts while holding opponents to a .184 (9×49) average.
- Two Outs – Mariners rank 5th in the Major Leagues with 202 two-out RBI…trail Boston (233), Cleveland (208), Washington (207) and Toronto (204)…rank ahead of Chicago–NL (200) and St. Louis (200).
- Comebacks – Seattle has 29 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.
KEEP FIGHTING…the Mariners woke up on Aug. 2 with a record of 52-52 (.500), 9.0 games back of Texas (62-44/.585 on Aug. 2) for first place in the AL West and 3.5 games back of Houston (56-49/.533 on Aug. 2) for 2nd place in the West; Seattle was also 6.0 games back of Boston and Toronto for the AL Wild Card…since Aug. 2, the Mariners are 9-2 in their last 11 games and have made up 2.5 games in the West to trail Texas by 6.5 games and 4.0 games in the Wild Card race to trail Boston by 2.0 games for the 2nd Wild Card spot.
FIRST-PITCH SWINGING…Robinson Canó and Nelson Cruz each homered on the first pitch last night, giving the Mariners 33 first pitch homers this season, 3rd-most in the Majors behind only Baltimore (34) and St. Louis (34)…Canó is tied with Baltimore’s Chris Davis for the Major League lead with 9 home runs on an 0-0 count…Canó leads the Majors with 37 hits on the first pitch this season…the Mariners are batting .383 (171×447) on the first pitch this season, tops in the Major Leagues…when swinging at the first pitch, the Mariners are slugging .687, trailing only Cleveland (.692) for the Major League lead.
THE WOLFPACK…since Aug. 1, Seattle leads the Major Leagues in bullpen ERA with a mark of 1.18 (5 ER 38.0 IP)…over the last 12 games (8/1–c), the Mariners bullpen is 4-2, 1.18 with 8 saves while limiting opponents to a .183 (24×131) average against with 7 walks and 28 strikeouts.
MOVIN’ AND SHAKIN’…for the first time in 8 days, the Mariners did not make any roster moves on their Major League 25-man roster yesterday (Aug. 13)…in a seven-day span from Aug. 5 – Aug. 12, the Mariners made 18 roster moves…out of the active 25-man roster, 10 players were not on the Mariners Opening Day roster when the team broke camp (Arquimedes Caminero, Edwin Diaz, Wade LeBlanc, Ariel Miranda, Shawn O’Malley, James Paxton, Drew Storen, Joe Wieland, Tom Wilhelmsen and Mike Zunino).
PLEASE WELCOME, ARQUIMEDES EUCLIDES CAMINERO…in his last 19 appearances (4 with Seattle) since June 23, Arquimedes Caminero is 2-0 with a 1.61 ERA (4 ER, 22.1 IP) with 18 strikeouts and just 3 walks…during this time span, Caminero has held opponents to a .182 (14×77) average against…in 4 outings with the Mariners since being acquired from Pittsburgh on Aug. 6, Caminero is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA (0 ER, 5.0)…has allowed just 1 hit and has not walked a batter while striking out 3.
ROAD WARRIORS…Robinson Canó, Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager rank among Major League leaders in several offensive categories on the road…Cruz has hit 18 home runs on the road, tied with Chicago–AL’s Todd Frazier for the most in the Majors…Canó and Seager rank T6th with 14 road homers…Seager’s 44 RBI are T7th-most, while Canó’s 43 RBI are T10th-most and Cruz’s 42 RBI are T13th-most in MLB…Canó’s 31 extra-base hits on the road are T6th-most in MLB.
PLAYING IT CLOSE…each of the Mariners last 14 games (7/30–c) have been decided by 3 runs or fewer…11 of the last 14 have been decided by 2 runs or fewer…6 of the last 14 have been 1-run games…Seattle is 10-4 in those 14 games…Seattle has played 41 one-run games this season, 2nd-most in the Majors behind Chicago – AL (42)…the Mariners are 20-21 (.488) in those one-run contests.
BUENOS DIAZ…Edwin Diaz has recorded 59 strikeouts in the first 32.0 innings pitched of his career…Diaz’s 59 strikeouts are the most in a pitcher’s first 32.0 IP in Major League history since 1974 (STATS Inc)…here is a breakdown of the top 5 most strikeouts in a pitcher’s first 32.0 innings: Edwin Diaz: 59 K – 2016, Dellin Betances: 54 K – 2011-14, Criag Kimbrel: 54 K – 2010-11, Kerry Wood: 53 K – 1998 and Al Alburquerque: 51 K – 2011.
A-OAK-I…Norichika Aoki has hit safely in 18 of his 19 games with an-bat vs. the Athletics…in his career vs. the Athletics, Aoki is batting .325 (25×77) with 11 runs, 5 doubles, 1 triple and 7 RBI in 20 games…Aoki has recorded 7 carerer multi-hit games against Oakland.
Today in Mariners History (August 14):
· 1981 – Jeff Burroughs hits three home runs in a 13 – 3 win over the Twins, giving Seattle a split of a doubleheader.
· 1985 – In the first game of their second double header in 3 days, Mike Moore allowed only 2 runs in a club-record 11-inning pitching performance. Moore fanned 12 batters, but received no-decision as the California Angels dealt the Mariners a 3-1 loss in 12 innings. The Mariners took the nightcap, 6-1, to earn a split.
· 1991 – Randy Johnson takes a no-hitter into the ninth vs. Oakland but Mike Gallego singles. Johnson settles for a one-hit shutout in a 4-0 win.
· 2000 – Al Martin hits 1st HR as a Mariner. Edgar Martinez ties career-high with 113 RBI…ends up with 145 RBI.
· 2012 – Eric Thames delivered a 2-out, walk-off single in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the Mariners a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. American League save leader Fernando Rodney blew just his 2nd save of the season.
· 2015 – The Mariners allow 15 runs for the first time in nearly 2 seasons in a 15-1 loss at Boston.