Upcoming Probable Starting Pitchers
|Monday||9/19||7:10 pm||vs. TOR||Taijuan Walker (RHP)||Marco Estrada (RHP)|
|Tuesday||9/20||7:10 pm||vs. TOR||Hisashi Iwakuma (RHP)||J.A. Happ (LHP)|
|Wednesday||9/21||12:40 pm||vs. TOR||Felix Hernandez (RHP)||Aaron Sanchez (RHP)|
Tonight’s Game Notes
AS YOU KNOW…Seth Smith hit his 15th & 16th home runs of the season yesterday…AND YOU MAY KNOW…that Seattle now has 5 players who have hit 15+ home runs this season (Cruz-37, Cano-33, Seager-29, Lind-20 & Smith-16) and 3 more (Lee, Martin, Gutierrez) who have 14…BUT DID YOU KNOW…that Seattle has had 6+ players hit 15+ home runs in a season just 4 times?…the clubs include 1997 (7 players), 1999 (6), 1998 (6) and 1996 (6).
TONIGHT’S TILT…the Mariners continue a 2-team, 6-game homestand tonight with the first of three games against Toronto…opened homestand against Houston (1-2)…will have an off-day on Thursday before starting a 2-city, 6-game road trip to Minnesota (3 G) and Houton (3 G)…tonight’s game will be televised on ROOT SPORTS NW and broadcast live on 710 ESPN and the Mariners Radio Network.
ODDS AND ENDS…the Mariners have won 9 of their last 11 games and 11 of their last 16…are 12-12 in their last 24 games…overall have won 25 of their last 42 games and 27 of their last 46…are 33-24 in their last 57 games, 34-26 in the last 60 games and 43-33 in their last 76 games since snapping a 6-game losing streak…are 51-52 over their last 103 games since May 27 following a 26-12 stretch from April 13-May 25.
- Sweet-Swinging Seth Smith – in 61 games at Safeco Field this season, Seth Smith is batting .295 (52×176) with 8 doubles, 12 home runs, 33 RBI, a .387 on-base mark and a .545 slugging percentage.
- Buenos Diaz – since Aug. 1, Edwin Diaz leads MLB in saves with 16…during that span, has converted 16 of 17 save opportunities (94.1%) while posting a 12.60 strikeout/9.0 innings ratio (28 K, 20.0 IP).
- Seager Surge – Since Aug. 6, Kyle Seager is batting .321 (45×140) with 25 runs, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 9 home runs, 28 RBI, a .407 on-base percentage, a .564 slugging mark and a .972 OPS in 38 games.
- Guti, Guti, Guti – Franklin Gutierrez is 12-for-his-last-31 (.387) with 5 runs, 2 doubles, 3 home runs and 10 RBI in his last 11 games since Aug. 26.
- Divisional Data – Seattle is 18-11 vs. AL East, 34-35 vs. the AL West, 14-17 vs. the AL Central this season…is 13-7 vs. Interleague opponents.
SWEET SWINGING, SMOOTH STRIDING, SOUTHERN SOUTHPAW…Seth Smith is hitting .324 (12×37) with 10 runs, 2 doubles, 5 home runs, 11 RBI to go along with a 1.174 OPS in 13 games during September…his 1.174 OPS this month is the 3rd-best in the American League (min. 40 PA) behind Boston’s Hanley Ramirez (1.276) and Minnesota’s Brian Dozier (1.201).
ONE-TWO PUNCH…Norichika Aoki and Seth Smith have been hitting at the top of the lineup for the majority of the last 12 games since Sept. 6th…in that span, Aoki is hitting .400 (14×35) with 10 runs, 4 doubles, 2 home runs, 7 RBI and a .447 on-base percentage…Smith is hitting .364 (12×33) with 9 runs, 2 doubles, 5 home runs, 11 RBI and a .417 on-base mark.
BIRD HUNTING…Nelson Cruz is hitting .353 (36×102) with 13 runs, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 7 home runs, 25 RBI and a .627 slugging mark in 26 games vs. Toronto since the start of the 2014 season…he has reached via hit or walk in 22 of those 26 games with 13 multi-hit games…his .353 average against Toronto over the last 3 seasons is 2nd-best in the Majors (min. 20 G) behind Jimmy Paredes (.358/19×53) and ahead of Kevin Kiermaier (.335/54×161) and Manny Machado (.329/53×161).
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE…Seattle is 31-19 in the last 50 home games since May 30…Seattle lost 5 straight at home to open the home season and were 10-14 in its first 24 home games.
BEASTS AGAINST THE EAST…the Mariners are 18-11 (.621) vs. AL East opponents this season, the best winning percentage (.621) of any team vs. the AL East (min: 5 G) this season…Seattle is 10-4 vs. the AL East at Safeco Field this season, a .714 winning percentage.
START IT UP…Seattle starters are 8-2 (team is 9-2) since Sept. 7th with a 2.21 ERA (17 ER, 69.1 IP) with 51 strikeouts in 11 games…starters have limited opponents to 2 earned runs or less in 9 of those 11 games and 3 earned or less in 10 of 11…starters are averaging 6.1 innings per start.
GOING DEEP…Seattle starters have gone 6.0+ innings in 9 of the last 11 games…in that span, Seattle is 8-1 when getting 6.0+ innings from their starters…on the season, Seattle is 60-27 (.690) when getting 6.0+ innings from starters, the 3rd-best record in the Majors behind Cleveland (63-24/.724) and Texas (61-27/.693) and ahead of Boston (62-31/.667).
SWEET SEPTEMBER…Norichika Aoki is batting .387 (12×31) in 9 games since September 1, the 2nd-best September average in the A.L. this season (min. 30 PA)…his career .326 (110×337) average in 91 career games in the month of September ranks 3rd-best among active players for September, trailing only Mookie Betts (.331/93×281) & Shin-Soo Choo (.328/211×644).
SPEED RACER…since Aug. 5, Norichika Aoki is batting .364 (36×99) with 16 runs, 10 doubles, 2 home runs, 10 RBI and a .411 on-base percentage…his .364 average during that span ranks 3rd-best in the AL (min. 90 AB)…as a starter in that span, he’s batting .376 (35×93) and has reached base in 21 of 23 starts.
IT’S A SAFECO THING…dating back to Aug. 6, Kyle Seager has hit safely in 18 of his last 20 games at Safeco Field, batting .400 (28×70) with 16 runs, 3 doubles, 5 home runs, 15 RBI, 13 walks and 1 stolen base…overall this season, Seager is batting .295 (76×258) with 43 runs, 21 doubles, 11 home runs, 39 RBI and 39 walks in 73 home games…among Mariners single-season franchise leaders at Safeco Field (min. 200 AB at Safeco Field), Seager currently ranks T4th in doubles (21), 7th in on-base percentage (.398), 8th in OPS (.902), 5th in slugging percentage (.523) and T10th in extra-base hits (32).
WHAT A RELIEF…dating back to Sept. 7, Seattle relievers are 1-0 with 4 saves with a 1.52 ERA (5 ER, 29.2 IP) in 10 games…during this stretch, Seattle’s relief corps has limited opponents to a .163 (17×104) average against, while striking out 23…Steve Cishek (6.0 IP), Evan Scribner (5.2 IP), Edwin Diaz (6.1 IP), Vidal Nuño (5.0 IP) and Dan Altavilla (4.0 IP) each have an active scoreless innings streak of 4.0+ innings.
GETTING OFFENSIVE…Seattle is the 2nd-highest scoring team in MLB in the month of September, averaging 6.1 runs per game (97 R, 16 G), trailing only Boston (6.63 runs per game/106 R, 16 G)…as a team, Seattle is batting .285 (159×558) with 30 doubles, 27 home runs, 92 RBI, a .350 on-base mark and a .484 slugging percentage in 16 games in September…Seattle’s September slugging percentage and OPS (.834) are the 2nd-highest in the Majors, trailing only Boston in both categories (.493 slugging percentage/.855 OPS).
Today in Mariners History (September 19)
- 1982 – With Edwin Nunez, 19, pitching, and Orlando Mercado, 20, behind the plate, the Mariners fielded the youngest battery in the club’s history. Mercado’s first Major League hit, a grand slam, powered Nunez to his first ML victory in a 9-7 win vs. Texas.
- 1984 – Alvin Davis collected his American League rookie-record 13th game-winning RBI, as the Mariners defeated the Cleveland Indians, 4-3, completing their first-ever three game sweep of the Tribe.
- 1988 – Named the AL Player of the Week for Sept. 12-18, Mike Moore was 2-0 in two starts with an ERA of .50. He recorded two complete games (a 2-hitter and a 5-hitter), a shutout, with 14 strikeouts and a walk.
- 1995 – Doug Strange stung his former team with a game-tying, pinch-hit, two run HR in the ninth inning. Griffey’s single in the 11th scored Strange with the game winner, 5-4 vs. Texas.
- 1997 – Jay Buhner hits 37th HR and 250th career. Ken Griffey Jr. sets new mark in AL for an African-American with his 53rd HR on the season.
- 2001 – Jamie Moyer sets a career-high with his 18th victory of the season in a 5-0 win vs. Anaheim.
- 2001 – With the 5-0 victory, Seattle clinches its third AL West Championship. The Mariners post-game celebration of a short prayer and a parade in front of the fans with the American Flag is deemed the mix of respect and celebration in the post 9/11 climate.
- 2011 – Alex Liddi hit his first career home run, the first homer by an Italian born Major Leaguer since 1961, in a Mariners 12-6 win over the Indians in a rain-shortened 7-inning game. Mike Carp went 2-for-4 with a double, grand slam and 5 RBI.
- 2014 – The Mariners pulled to within ½ game of the 2nd AL Wild Card with a 10-5 drubbing of Houston. Dustin Ackley recorded his second career multi-HR game and Kyle Seager and Mike Zunino each hit 3-run homers in the win.
Tomorrow in Mariners History (September 20):
- 1986 – Mike Trujillo, in his second start, threw the second one-hitter in Mariners history, topping Kansas City, 3-0. Trujillo allowed only a first inning single to Jamie Quirk, and retired 25 of the final 27 batters.
- 1988 – Seattle topped the Kansas City Royals, 11-10, in a game in which the Mariners used a club-record eight pitchers. Seattle and KC combined for 31 hits, 19 LOBs, 7 errors, 4 home runs, 3 balks, 12 pitchers, 2 wild pitches and one passed ball.
- 1995 – Andy Benes completes the three game sweep vs. Texas 11-2. Benes’ sixth win as a Mariner after being acquired at the July 31 trade deadline.
- 1996 – The Mariners set a new club mark with their tenth straight win, 9-2 vs. Oakland. Seattle hit five HRs in the game including back-to-back-to-back homers by Alex Rodriguez, Ken Griffey Jr. and Edgar Martinez.
- 2000 – Team completes first ever-perfect road trip; going 6-0 against Baltimore & TB…wins season-high 8th game. Kazuhiro Sasaki gets his 34th save, setting a new team record.
- 2011 – Mike Carp ties a club rookie record going 5-for-5 and Alex Liddi hit his 2nd career home run (game-tying 2-run HR) to lead Seattle to a 5-4 win at Minnesota. Brandon League recorded his 35th save, escaping a self-induced bases loaded, no-out jam.
- 2015 – Felix Hernandez picked up his 18th win of the season and Robinson Canó and Franklin Gutierrez each homered as the Mariners took the series at Texas with a 9-2 win…Canó belted a 3-run home run in the 5th after an intentional walk to Nelson Cruz, his 17th of the season…Gutierrez went back-to-back with Canó, hitting home run number 15 of the season…Kyle Seager collected 3 hits, finishing the series going 6-for-13 (.462) and improving his career average at Globe Life Park to .353 (60×170).