Upcoming Probable Starting Pitchers:
|Thursday||8/25||5:10 pm||@CWS||James Paxton (LHP)||Anthony Ranaudo (RHP)|
|Friday||8/26||5:10 pm||@CWS||Felix Hernandez (RHP)||Chris Sale (LHP)|
|Saturday||8/27||4:10 pm||@CWS||Ariel Miranda (LHP)||Jose Quintana (LHP)|
|Sunday||8/28||11:10 am||@CWS||Taijuan Walker (RHP)||Carlos Rondon (LHP)|
Tonight’s Game Notes
AS YOU KNOW…in 4 starts prior to going on the disabled list on Aug. 16 with a left elbow contusion, tonight’s starter James Paxton was 2-1 with a 1.59 (5 ER, 28.1 IP), while limiting opponents to a .176 (18×102) average (3 BB/27 SO)…BUT, DID YOU KNOW?…his 1.59 ERA is the 3rd-lowest in the American League since July 22 (min. 25.0 IP)?…during this stretch trails only Jake Odorizzi-TB (1.42) and Ervin Santana-MIN (1.53) in ERA…his 9.00 SO/BB ratio is also tied for the highest in the AL during this stretch.
TONIGHT’S TILT…the Mariners begin a 7-game, 2-city road trip tonight with the first of four games vs. the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field…also travel to Texas (Mon-Wed)…went 3-3 in just-completed homestand vs. the Brewers (2-1) and Yankees (1-2)…tonight’s game will be televised on ROOT SPORTS NW and broadcast live on 770 KTTH AM and the Mariners Radio Network.
ODDS AND ENDS…the Mariners have won 13 of their last 19 games and 15 of their last 22…are 21-13 in their last 34 games, 22-15 in the last 37 games, and 31-22 in their last 53 games since snapping a 6-game losing streak…are 39-41 over their last 80 games since May 27 following a 26-12 stretch from April 13-May 25.
- Divisional Data – Seattle is 13-14 vs. the AL Central, 23-27 vs. the AL West and 18-11 vs. AL East this season…is 13-7 vs. Interleague opponents.
- Swung On And Belted – the Mariners rank 4th in the Majors in home runs with 175…trail only Baltimore (197), Toronto (180) and St. Louis (177)…rank ahead of Washington (168) and Tampa Bay (167).
- Seattle Sluggers – Nelson Cruz (9th, .905), Kyle Seager (12th, .879) and Robinson Canó (13th, .872) each rank in the top-15 in the American League in OPS this season.
LET’S GO STREAKING…Norichika Aoki has reached base safely in 19 consecutive games vs. the White Sox, including recording at least 1 hit in 18 games…during this stretch, dating back to June 23, 2012, Aoki is batting .480 (36×75) with 13 runs scored, 8 doubles, 1 triple, 4 RBI, 1 HBP, 10 walks and 6 stolen bases…he currently has a 13-game hitting streak (5/21/14-current), batting .510 (26×51) with 8 runs scored, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 4 RBI, 6 walks and 1 stolen base…his 13-game hitting streak is currently the longest active streak vs. the White Sox.
NORICHIKA IS A-OK…Norichika Aoki has hit safely in 13 of his last 20 games with an at-bat (8/5 – c), including 4 three-hit games…since Aug. 1, Aoki is batting .359 (23×64) with 5 runs, 6 doubles, 3 RBI, 2 HBP, 3 walks and 2 stolen bases…his .359 average in August is currently the 6th-highest in the American League…in 29 games since being recalled from AAA Tacoma onJuly 20, Aoki is batting .330 (31×94) with 10 runs, 9 doubles, 1 triple, 5 RBI, 2 HBP, 4 walks and 2 stolen bases; in that same time span vs. left-handed pitchers, Aoki is batting .417 (5×12) with 1 double and 1 RBI.
DOUBLE TIME…Robinson Canó is 1 double shy of recording his 12th consecutive season with 30 or more doubles…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.)…Canó is already the only player in ML history record at least 30 doubles in each of his first 11 seasons (2005–15).
AT U.S. CELLULAR…Robinson Canó has reached base safely in 26 of 40 games vs. the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, including 29 games with at least 1 hit, batting .312 (48×154) with 24 runs scored, 10 doubles, 2 triples, 4 home runs, 12 RBI, 2 HBP, 17 walks and 3 stolen bases…his .312 average currently is the 8th-highest among active players (min. 120 PA).
NOW THAT’S QUALITY…James Paxton has posted back-to-back quality starts and 7 quality starts overall in 13 starts this season (24 over all in his career)…Paxton’s 24 quality starts are 3rd-most in club history in a pitcher’s first 43 career starts, trailing only Mark Langston (26 QS in first 43 GS) and Erik Hanson (25 QS in 43 GS), while ranking ahead of Felix Hernandez (22 QS in 43 GS), Dave Fleming (22 QS in 43 GS) and Blake Beavan (22 QS in 43 GS).
ROAD WARRIORS…Robinson Canó (.314/80×255, 43 R, 17 2B, 16 HR, 45 RBI in 62 G) and Nelson Cruz (.289/66×228, 41 R, 7 2B, 20 HR, 44 RBI, 4 HBP, 28 BB in 59 G) are among the American League leaders in nearly every offensive category on the road this season…Canó ranks T1st in extra-base hits (33), T2nd in hits (80), 4th in average (.314) and slugging percentage (.569), T4th in doubles (17), 6th in home runs (16) and OPS (.943), T8th in OBP (.375), 9th in RBI (45) in the AL on the road this season…Cruz leads the AL on the road in home runs (20), while also ranking 2nd in slugging percentage (.583) and OPS (.959), 7th in OBP (.375), 10th in RBI (44), 11th in walks (28), T11th in runs scored (41).
HALF DOZEN…Ketel Marte has hit safely in each of his last 6 games, dating back to Aug. 19…during this stretch he is batting .381 (8×21) with 3 runs scored, 1 double and 3 RBI…marks the 3rd time this season to hit safely in at least 6 games, trailing only 2 season-high 7-game hit steaks: April 21-27 (.433/13×30, 7 R, 3 2B, 2 RBI, SB) and April 30-May 6 (.357/10×28, 3 R, 2 2B, 3B, 4 RBI, BB, SB).
ON THE ROAD AGAIN…Seattle, who is 31-31 on the road this season, is 1 of 5 American League teams with a .500 or better winning percentage on the road this season…overall the Mariners are batting .262 (573×2186) with 300 runs scored, 105 doubles, 8 triples, 83 home runs and 287 RBI…among AL teams on the road this season, the Mariners rank 2nd in runs per game (4.94), T3rd in average (.262), slugging percentage (.431) and OPS (.754), 4th in OBP and 5th in home runs (83).
HOME AWAY FROM HOME…dating back to June 23, Nelson Cruz has reached base safely in 22 consecutive road games, batting .296 (24×81) with 16 runs scored, 1 double, 10 home runs, 17 RBI, 1 HBP and 11 walks.
ROAD HOMERS…Nelson Cruz (20), Robinson Canó (16) and Kyle Seager (15) have combined to hit 51 home runs on the road this season…the Mariners are the only team in the Majors with 3 players with at least 15 home runs on the road this season (BAL-2)…marks only the 3rd time in franchise history that a trio of Mariners teammates have hit at least 15+ home runs in a single season on the road, joining Ken Griffey Jr. (29), Jay Buhner (27) and Edgar Martinez (16) in 1997 and Jay Buhner (23), Ken Griffey Jr. (23) and Alex Rodriguez (18) in 1996.
Today in Mariners History (August 25)
1979 – Willie Horton connected for his ninth career grand slam and a solo homer, powering the Mariners to an 8-4 win over Detroit.
· 1980 – Danny Meyer hits an inside-the-park HR in the Kingdome vs. Baltimore.
· 1990 – Edgar Martinez steals home on a double steal with Griffey Jr. at Kansas City. It’s Edgar’s only SB of the year.
· 1996 – Edgar Martinez collected his 1,000th career hit and Alex Rodriguez and Ken Griffey Jr. hit back-to-back HRs to break the M.L. record for most times hitting consecutive HR in a season by a team. The HR for Jr. was #40 on the year.
· 2000– Rickey Henderson collects his 2,900th hit.
· 2001 – Arthur Rhodes is ejected before facing a batter in a game vs. Cleveland. Omar Vizquel protested to home plate umpire Tim McClelland that Rhodes’ earrings had to come off, which caused a melee in the infield.
· 2009 – Ryan Langerhans hits his 2nd walk-off home run this season, becoming the 12th Mariner with at least 2 walk-off home runs in one season… is the M’s 11th walk-off win of the season, just 1 short of the club record.
· 2010 – Felix Hernandez becomes the third youngest pitcher to reach 1,000 strikeouts. He struck out David Ortiz of the Boston Red sox in the bottom of the 6th inning.
· 2015 – After spotting the A’s an early 5-run lead, the Mariners rallied back to win 6-5…Edgar Olmos recorded his first Major league win, tossing 3.2 scoreless innings in relief…the Mariners bullpen combined to throw 7.2 scoreless innings in the game, the 5th time since 2000 the bullpen tossed 7.2+ shutout innings…Robinson Canó collected his 30th double of the season in the 7th inning, becoming the 1st player in MLB history to open career with 11 straight 30-double seasons and 6th player with 11 consecutive seasons with 30 doubles in baseball history