Upcoming Probable Starting Pitchers:
|Tuesday||8/30||5:05 pm||at TEX||James Paxton (LHP)||Cole Hamels (LHP)|
|Wednesday||8/31||11:05 am||at TEX||Felix Hernandez (RHP)||Martin Perez (LHP)|
Tonight’s Game Notes
AS YOU KNOW…the Mariners will face a left-handed starter in each of the next two games vs. the Rangers…BUT, DID YOU KNOW?…Robinson Canó and Kyle Seager (along with Carlos Gonzalez-COL) are currently tied for the Major League lead with 9 home runs by a left-handed batter vs. a left-handed pitcher?…among lefty batters vs. left-handed pitchers, Canó ranks among American League leaders in hits (1st, 56), home runs (1st, 9), extra-base hits (T1st, 18), RBI (2nd, 27), doubles (T3rd, 8), OPS (7th, 754), walks (T7th, 11), slugging percentage (8th, .443) and average (8th, .267), while Seager ranks among the A.L leaders in home runs (1st, 9), extra-base hits (3rd, 16), hits (3rd, 40), RBI (T3rd, 26), slugging percentage (8th, .439), doubles (T9th, 6) and OPS (10th, .733).
TONIGHT’S TILT…the Mariners continue a 7-game, 2-city road trip tonight with the second of three games at the Texas Rangers (0-1)…began the trip going 1-3 at the Chicago White Sox…following this series and an off day on Thursday, the Mariners return home to host the Athletics (3 games) and Angels (3 games) in a 6-game, 6-day homestand…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 lost 3 in a row and 5 of their last 6 games…overall have won 14 of their last 24 games and 16 of their last 27…are 22-17 in their last 39 games, 23-19 in the last 42 games, and 32-26 in their last 58 games since snapping a 6-game losing streak…are 40-45 over their last 85 games since May 27 following a 26-12 stretch from April 13-May 25.
- Divisional Data – Seattle is 23-28 vs. the AL West, 14-17 vs. the AL Central 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 178…trail only Baltimore (205), Toronto (192) and St. Louis (187)…rank ahead of Washington (175) & New York-NL (174).
- August Rush – the Mariners are 16-12 during August…marks the 14th time in club history to finish August with a .500 record or better…the 16 wins in August are currently T3rd-most in club history.
- Close Games – Since the All-Star break the Mariners are 20-11 in games decided by 3 runs or fewer, the 2nd-best record in the Majors, trailing only Texas (.655/19-10) and ahead of Chicago-NL (.640/16-9) and Toronto (.600/15-10)…Seattle is 46-42 in games decided by 3 runs or fewer in 2016.
IT’S GETTING HOT IN HERE…since Aug. 1, Robinson Canó is batting .309 (34×110) with 17 runs scored, 5 doubles, 7 home runs, 17 RBI and 5 walks in 27 games, including hits in 7 of his last 8 games with 6 multi-hit contests (.483/14×29, 5 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, BB)…dating back to 2013, Canó is batting .334 (140×419) with 69 runs scored, 25 doubles, 19 home runs, 64 RBI and 37 walks in 109 games in August…his .334 average is his highest montly average during this stretch (ahead of .308/94×309 in Sept), while ranking the 4th-highest among all active players in the American League.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN…dating back to July 4, Kyle Seager has hit safely in 20 of his last 25 games on the road, incuding 12 multi-hit contests, batting .351 (34×97) with 13 runs scored, 7 doubles, 1 triple, 5 home runs, 18 RBI, 1 HBP and 6 walks…among American League leaders during this stretch he ranks 5th in slugging percentage (.598), 6th in OPS (.988), 7th in average (.351), T8th in extra-base hits (13), T9th in RBI (18) and 10th in on-base percentage (.400).
SEAGER BELEIVER…Kyle Seager is batting .333 (65×195) with 35 runs scored, 18 doubles, 8 home runs, 32 RBI, 16 walks and 2 stolen bases in 50 career games at Globe Life Park…his .333 average is the 5th-highest career average at Globe Life Park among active players (min. 120 PA)…trailing only Miguel Cabrera (.378/46×148), Ian Desmond (.344/85×247), Melvin Upton Jr. (.341/43×126) and Nick Markakis (.336/47×140)…dating back to May 29, 2012, Seager is batting .340 (106×312) with 55 runs scored, 25 doubles, 14 home runs, 53 RBI, 5 HBP, 26 walks and 5 stolen bases in 81 games vs. the Rangers…his .340 average during this stetch ranks 4th among all active players vs. Texas (min. 100 PA).
STREAKING IN ARLINGTON…dating back to Aug. 19, 2015, Robinson Canó has hit safey in 11 consecutive games vs. the Rangers at Globe Life Park, batting .341 (15×44) with 7 runs scored, 1 double, 5 home runs, 11 RBI and 3 walks.
LOTS OF PLAYERS…the Mariners have used 51 players during the season, currently tied for the most in club history (also: 2015 & 1999), including a club record 30 different pitchers (previous 28: 2015 and 1999)…the 51 players used this season ranks ahead of 49 players used in 2006 and 1996 and 48 players used in 2005, 2004, 1993 and 1992…of those 30 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).
BRING ON THE LEFTIES…dating back to July 20, Kyle Seager (.347/17×49, 3 2B, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 3 BB), Leonys Martin (.328/19×58, 4 2B, 3B, HR, 8 RBI) and Shawn O’Malley(.314/11×35, 2 2B, 3B, HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB) are each batting over .300 vs. left-handed pitchers…during this stretch Seager (4), Robinson Canó (4), Franklin Gutierrez (3), Nelson Cruz (2) andMike Zunino (2) have each hit at least 2 home runs off lefties.
LEFT IS RIGHT…Seattle leads the Majors with 64 home runs against left-handed pitching this season, ranking ahead of Chicago-NL (57) and Arizona (50)…since 2015, the Mariners have hit 130 home runs against left-handers, ranking ahead of Houston (123) and Texas (116)…the Mariners 64 home runs vs. lefties this season are currently the 4th-most in a single season in franchise history, trailing only 70 home runs in 1997, 69 home runs in 1996 and 66 home runs in 2015.
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).
RISP…since August 1, the Mariners are batting .310 (63×203) with 9 doubles, 1 triple, 6 home runs, 79 RBI, 4 HBP and 19 walks in last 27 games with runners in scoring position, which is the 2nd-highest average Majors…during this stretch trails only the Washington Nationals (.311/73×235) and ranks ahead of the Cleveland Indians (.308/69×224)…overall this season the Mariners are batting .265 (265×999) with 35 doubles, 5 triples, 49 home runs, 399 RBI, 20 HBP and 110 walks with RISP.
Today in Mariners History (August 30):
- 1984 – The Mariners defeated the Detroit for the fifth time in six tries at the Kingdome, scoring two runs in the bottom of the 8th inning for a 2-1 win.
- 1992 – The Mariners turn the eighth triple play in their history. Baltimore’s Mike Devereaux hit a deep drive to right-center the RF Jay Buhner snagged against the wall. Buhner, from his knees, threw to 2B Harold Reynolds who relayed to SS Omar Vizquel. Meanwhile, Milligan (first base) and Brady Anderson (second) were trying to return to their respective starting bases. Milligan was called out for passing Anderson (putout to Vizquel) and Vizquel stepped on second to force Anderson (9-4-6). Fifth inning.
- 1993 – Alex Rodriguez signs with the Mariners after a long negotiation process following his selection as the first pick overall in the 1993 June Draft.
- 1999 – Edgar Martinez hits 2nd GSHR at Chicago as Mariners sweep a double-header—team’s 1st DH sweep since August 7, 1998.
- 1999 – Edgar Martinez receives AL Player of the Week honors
- 2013 – Taijuan Walker made his Major League debut at 21 years, 17 days, earning the win allowing 1 unearned run in 5.0 innings. Became the youngest Mariners starter to win his MLB debut, and the 3rd Mariners starter to not allow an earned run in MLB debut. Abraham Almonte also made his MLB debut in right field, going 1-for-5 with 2 RBI (including GWRBI).
- 2015 – Edgar Olmos made his first MLB start, going 5.0 innings allowing 3 runs on 5 hits with 2 strikeouts but the White Sox won 6-5 in 11 innings…Kyle Seager hit a home run in the first inning, his 3rd-straight game with a homer and 2nd-straight in the first inning…John Hicks made his first MLB start, going 1-for-5 with a single in his first at-bat, becoming the 28th player in franchise history to record a hit in his first career plate appearance.