Upcoming Probable Starting Pitchers:
|Sunday||8/28||11:10 am||@CWS||Taijuan Walker (RHP)||Carlos Rodon (LHP)|
Today’s Game Notes
AS YOU MAY KNOW…Dan Altavilla made his Major League debut last night tossing a 1-2-3 8th inning, becoming the 5th rookie to make their Major League debut with the Mariners this season..BUT, DID YOU KNOW?…he is the 15th Mariners reliever to make his Major League debut tossing at least 1.0 scoreless inning and not allowing a hit or walk?…Dan joins teammate Edwin Diaz (6/6/16 vs. CLE) as two of the 15 pitchers to accomplish this feat this season.
TODAY’S TILT…the Mariners continue a 7-game, 2-city road trip tonight with the final of four games vs. the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field (1-2)…also travel to Texas (Mon-Wed)…went 3-3 in just-completed homestand vs. the Brewers (2-1) and Yankees (1-2)…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 14 of their last 22 games and 16 of their last 25…are 22-15 in their last 37 games, 23-17 in the last 40 games, and 32-24 in their last 56 games since snapping a 6-game losing streak…are 40-43 over their last 83 games since May 27following a 26-12 stretch from April 13-May 25.
- Divisional Data – Seattle is 14-16 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 177…trail only Baltimore (202), Toronto (186) and St. Louis (183)…rank ahead of New York-NL (173).
- Seattle Sluggers – Nelson Cruz (9th, .900), Kyle Seager (12th, .875) and Robinson Canó (13th, .872) each rank in the top-15 in the American League in OPS this season.
TOO CLOSE…16 of the last 18 games the Mariners have played vs. the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field dating back to June 2, 2012 have been decided by two runs or less, including 10 one-run games…the Mariners are 6-12 during this stretch, including 6-10 in 2-run games and 3-7 in the one-run affairs.
RISP…since August 1, the Mariners are batting .325 (62×191) with 8 doubles, 1 triple, 6 home runs, 77 RBI, 4 HBP and 18 walks in last 25 games with runners in scoring position, which leads the Majors…during this stretch ranks ahead of the Cleveland Indians (.321/67×209) and the Washington Nationals (.308/70×227)…overall this season the Mariners are batting .267 (264×987) with 34 doubles, 5 triples, 49 home runs, 397 RBI, 20 HBP and 109 walks with RISP.
SUNSHINE, LOLLIPOPS & RAINBOWS…dating back to May 4, Leonys Martin has reached base safely in 25 of his last 26 day games, batting .368 (35×95) with 19 runs scored, 4 doubles, 2 triples, 6 home runs, 11 RBI, 11 walks and 5 stolen bases…overall this season has reached base safely in 31 of 35 day games, including hits in 27 games, batting .346 (44×127) with 23 runs scored, 6 doubles, 2 triples, 9 home runs, 16 RBI, 14 walks and 6 stolen bases…among American League leaders during day games, Martin ranks OPS (1.046), 4th in slugging percentage (.638), 7th in average and on-base percentage (.408).
LOTS OF PLAYERS…the Mariners have used 50 players during the season, currently 3rd-most in club history, including a club record 29 different pitchers (previous 28: 2015 and 1999)…trail only 51 players used in 2015 and 1999 and ahead of 49 players used in 2006 and 1996 and 48 players used in 2005, 2004, 1993 and 1992…of those 29 pitchers, 11 have made at least one start, the most since the 2013 club used 11 starters…the last Seattle club to use 12 starters was the 2009 team…14 different rookies have seen action and 5 players have made their Major League debut (2 position players, 3 pitchers).
HOT AUGUST NIGHTS…The Mariners, 16-10 this month, are assured of at least a .500 month of August (4 games remaining)…the 16 wins are 2nd-most by Seattle in a month this season, trailing only the 17 wins in May…marks the 14th time in club history to finish August with at least a .500 record or better…the 16 wins in August are currently T3rd-most in club history…last time the Mariners won at least 17 games in August was 2014 (17-10).
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).
ROAD WARRIORS…Robinson Canó (.313/83×265, 45 R, 17 2B, 17 HR, 47 RBI in 65 G) and Nelson Cruz (.293/70×239, 43 R, 7 2B, 20 HR, 45 RBI, 4 HBP, 28 BB in 62 G) are among the American League leaders in nearly every offensive category on the road this season…Canó ranks T1st in extra-base hits (34), T2nd in hits (83), 4th in average (.313) and in slugging percentage (.570), 5th in OPS (.941), T5th in doubles (17) and home runs (17), 6th in RBI (47), 8th in runs scored (45) and 9th in OBP (.371) in the AL on the road this season…Cruz leads the AL on the road in home runs (20), while also ranking 3rd in slugging percentage (.574), 4th in OPS (.947), 7th in OBP (.374), T10th in runs scored (43), 11th in walks (28) and T11th in RBI (46).
HOME AWAY FROM HOME…dating back to June 23, Nelson Cruz has reached base safely in 25 consecutive road games, batting .304 (28×92) with 18 runs scored, 1 double, 10 home runs, 18 RBI, 1 HBP and 11 walks.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN…dating back to July 4, Kyle Seager has hit safely in 19 of 23 games on the road, including 11 multi-hit contests, batting .344 (31×90) with 12 runs scored, 7 doubles, 5 home runs, 18 RBI, 1 HBP and 5 walks…among American League leaders during this stretch he ranks 6th in average (.344), T6th in extra-base hits (12) and 9th in RBI (18).
HOME RUN DATA…Mariners hit 177 home runs, 4th-most in the Majors…the 177 home runs are currently 9th-most in club history behind 1997 (264), 1996 (245), 1999 (244), 1998 (234), 2015 (198), 2000 (198), 2013 (188), 1995 (182), 2006 (172) and 1985 (171)…the Mariners have hit 92 solo home runs, 50 2-run homers, 32 3-run HR and 3 grand slams.
BRING ON THE LEFTIES…dating back to July 20, Leonys Martin (.345/19×55, 4 2B, 3B, HR, 8 RBI), Kyle Seager (.326/15×46, 3 2B, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 3 BB) and Shawn O’Malley (.314/11×35, 2 2B, 3B, HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB) are each batting over .300 vs. left-handed pitchers.
Today in Mariners History
1997 – Omar Olivares becomes the first Mariners pitcher to drive in a run in a 9-5 loss at Colorado.
· 1998 – The Mariners clout three home runs in a 10 – 3 loss to the Yankees, making them the first team in history to reach the 200-home run mark for a season in three consecutive years. Shane Monahan, Russ Davis, and Rob Ducey each belts a solo round-tripper for Seattle.
· 2001 – Ichiro collected his 200th in the team’s 132 game of the year; matching Darrin Erstad (2000) as fastest in the Majors to 200 hits since Joe Medwick in 1935 (131 games), & fastest in AL since Al Simmons in 1925 (125 games). He also becomes only the third American League rookie to reach 200 hits since 1964.
· 2015 – Taijuan Walker allowed 3 hits over 6.1 scoreless innings, striking out 6 to lead the Mariners to a 2-0 win over the White Sox in Chicago…Walker picked up his 10th win of the season, becoming the 4th Mariners starter to win 10 games before his age 23 season…Nelson Cruz saw his 37-game on-base streak come to an end, going 0-for-5 in the game.
· 2015 – Mariners General Manager Jack Zduriencik was relieved of his duties…Assistant GM Jeff Kingston was named interim GM.