Upcoming Probable Starting Pitchers:
|Thursday||8/18||7:05 pm||at LAA||Hisashi Iwakuma (RHP)||Matt Shoemaker (RHP)|
|Friday||8/19||7:10 pm||MIL||Wade LeBlanc (LHP)|
|Saturday||8/20||6:10 pm||MIL||Felix Hernandez (RHP)||Wily Peralta (RHP)|
|Sunday||8/21||1:10 pm||MIL||Ariel Miranda (LHP)||Matt Garza (RHP)|
Tonight’s Game Notes
AS YOU KNOW…Robinson Canó is 2 doubles shy of recording his 12th consecutive season with 30 or more doubles…AND AS YOU MAY KNOW… Canó is already the only player in Major League history to record at least 30 doubles in each of his first 11 seasons (2005–15)…BUT DID YOU KNOW…that when Canó reaches 30 doubles this season, he will become one of four players with a streak of 12 or more seasons with 30+ doubles?…Canó would join Stan Musial, 16 seasons, 1942 – 1958 (DNP in 1945), Tris Speaker, 12 seasons, 1916 – 1927 and Honus Wagner, 12 seasons, 1899 – 1910…STATS Inc.
TONIGHT’S TILT…the Mariners continue a 2-team, 7-game road trip with the final (2-1) of 4 games at Los Angeles–AL…began the trip by taking 2 of 3 at Oakland…after this series, return home to begin a 2-team, 6-day, 6-game homestand against Milwaukee (3 G) and New York – AL (3 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 have won 10 of their last 12 games and 12 of their last 15…are 18-9 in their last 27 games, 19-11 in the last 30 games, and 28-18 in their last 46 games since snapping a 6-game losing streak…are 36-37 over their last 73 games since May 27 following a 26-12 stretch from April 13-May 25.
- Mike Z at the Big A – Mike Zunino has hit safely in 8 of his last 14 games (with an at-bat) at Angel Stadium (4/2/14 – c), including 7 multi-hit games during that span…in that time frame, Zunino is batting .294 (15×51) with 4 doubles, 2 home runs and 10 RBI in 15 games at Angel Stadium.
- Comebacks – Seattle has 31 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.
- Divisional Data – the Mariners are 23-26 vs. the AL West this season, including 13-12 vs. 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.
- Swung On And Belted – the Mariners rank 4th in the Majors in home runs with 164…trailing only Baltimore (177), Toronto (174) and St. Louis (166)…ahead of Tampa Bay (160) and Washington (159).
- Two Outs, So What – the Mariners rank 6th in the Major Leagues with 209 two-out RBI…trail Boston (242), Toronto (216), Cleveland (215), Washington (212) and Tampa Bay (212).
WINNING THEM CLOSE…last night’s 4-3 victory over the Angels marked the Mariners 10th one-run win since July 8…the Mariners 10 one-run wins are tied for the most in the Major Leagues since July 8 (also: St. Louis and Oakland)…Seattle is 10-4 (.714) in games decided by one run since July 8, the T7th–best winning percentage in MLB during that time (also: St. Louis & Washington), trailing Arizona (1.000/5-0), Texas (.900/9-1), New York – AL (.875/7-1), Pittsburgh (.857/6-1), Detroit (.750/9-3) and Chicago – NL (.750/6-2).
SWEET 16…Hisashi Iwakuma is 13-3 in his last 16 starts, since May 20…Iwakuma’s 13 wins during that time span lead the Major Leagues…Iwakuma has pitched at least 6.0 innings in 13 of his last 16 outings…Iwakuma’s streak of 16 consecutive decisions is the longest active streak in the Majors and the longest by a Mariners pitcher since Matt Young posted 16 straight decisions, April 12, 1985 – June 30, 1985…the club record for consecutive decisions is 22, held by Randy Johnson (4/11/92 – 8/21/92).
PUTTING OUT FIRES…Seattle’s bullpen recorded its 21st outing of the season last night in which Mariners relievers combined to toss 4.0 or more innings while allowing 1 or fewer runs…the Mariners are 12-9 in those games…21 such outings rank T5th-most in the Major League (also: SFG), trailing BAL (27), MIA (24), DET (22) and LAD (22)…last night was the 4th such game since 8/4 vs. BOS (last: 8/9 vs. DET).
AMONG COUNTRYMEN…Hisashi Iwakuma recorded his 14th win of the season in his last start, Aug. 13 at Oakland…Iwakuma is the 2nd Japanese-born pitcher to record 3 or more seasons with at least 14 wins in the Major Leagues and the first to do so in the American League…Iwakuma has accomplished this feat in 2013-14 and 2016, joining Hideo Nomo – LAD (1996-97 and 2002-03)…STATS Inc.
OFF AND RUNNING…Edwin Diaz has converted his first 8 consecutive converted save oppportunities to begin his career…Diaz is one save shy of equaling the Mariners club record for most consective successful saves to begin a pitcher’s career, held by Byron McLaughlin (9, 6/6/79 – 7/27/79)…since recording his first career save on Aug. 2 vs. Boston, Diaz is 8-for-8 in save opportunities with an ERA of 2.00 (2 ER, 9.0 IP) with 13 strikeouts and 2 walks…Diaz is limiting oppossing batters to a .161 (5×31) average against during that time.
ONE RUN TRENDS…the Mariners are 10-4 in their last 14 one-run games, dating back to July 8…prior to July 8, went 2-12 in 14 one-run game from May 28 – July 7, including losing 9 straight (5/28 – 6/23)….posted an 8-1 stretch in 9 one-run contests from April 26 – May 24 which included 6 consecutive one-run wins (4/25 – 5/11)…started the season 1-6 in one-run games through April 20…overall, the Mariners are 22-22 in one-run games this season…the Mariners lead the Majors in one-run games played, ahead of Chicago – AL (43/20-23) and San Francisco (42/24-18).
THE WOLFPACK…Seattle leads the Major Leagues in bullpen ERA since Aug. 1 with a mark of 1.94 (11 ER, 51.0 IP)…over the last 16 games (8/1–c), the Mariners bullpen is 5-3, 1.94 with 10 saves while limiting opponents to a .215 (40×186) average against with 8 walks and 41 strikeouts…the 8 walks are fewest of any relief corps in MLB during that time…in their last 16 games, Mariners relievers have posted a WHIP of 0.94, the lowest in MLB since Aug. 1…the .200 opponent’s average against is the 3rd–lowest amongst all ML bullpens during that same time, trailing Kansas City (.189/30×159) and Cincinnati (.213/42×197).
BEST IN THE WEST…the Mariners have the best record of any AL West team since June 24, posting a mark of 28-18 (.609) during that span…in that same time, Houston is 24-23 (.511), Texas is 25-24 (.510), Oakland is 22-27 (.449) and Los Angeles – AL is 19-28 (.404)…the Mariners snapped a 6-game losing streak on June 24 and since then have the 3rd–best winning percentage in the Major Leagues, trailing Pittsburgh (.622/28-17) and Toronto (.617/29-18).
NORICHIKA IS A-OK…Norichika Aoki has hit safely in 9 of his last 12 games with an at-bat (8/1 – c), including 3 three-hit games…since Aug. 1, Aoki is batting .357 (15×42) with 3 runs, 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 2 HBP and 2 stolen bases…in 22 games since being recalled from AAA Tacoma on July 20, Aoki is batting .319 (23×72) with 8 runs, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 3 RBI, 2 HBP and 2 stolen bases; in that same time span vs. left-handed pitchers, Aoki is batting .364 (4×11) with 1 RBI.
Today in Mariners History (August 18):
· 1992 – Jay Buhner becomes the first right-handed batter to homer over the right field scoreboard at Camden Yards (off Ben McDonald) in Mariners 8-3 win.
· 1995 – In his M.L. debut twenty-one year old Bob Wolcott beat Boston 9-3 handing Tim Wakefield only his second defeat in 16 decisions. Mike Blowers supplied the offense with two HR’s, a grand slam and seven RBI. The slam was Blowers’ third of the month tying the M.L. record.
· 1996 – Paul Sorrento hit two HR, drove in five and became the fifth Mariner to hit at least 20 HR on the year in a thrilling 13-12, 12 inning win at New York.
· 1998 – Alex Rodriguez equals career-high and club record with five hits in 8-7 loss vs. Detroit.
· 2000 – Edgar Martinez plays in his 1,500th career game and hits a career-high tying 29th HR…ends up with 37.
· 2001 – Kazuhiro Sasaki sets a new Mariners record with his 38th save of the season in a 7-6 win at New York.
· 2012 – John Jaso hit a walk-off pinch-hit sac fly with the bases loaded in the 9th inning to lead the Mariners to a 3-2 win over the Twins.
· 2015 – The Mariners scored 3 in the top of the first and held on for a 3-2 win at Texas…Seth Smith hit a 2-run homer to cap the first inning rally, his 10th of the season…Hishashi Iwakuma struck out Mitch Moreland in the 2nd inning for his 500th career strikeout (recorded 1,175 K’s in his career in Japan)…Iwakuma moved to 6-0 in last 7 starts vs. TEX since 8/16/13…ended his streak of hitless innings at 10.0 after allowing a single in the first.