HEY MIKE, AS YOU KNOW…Felix Hernandez is 23-9 with a 2.68 ERA (89 ER, 299.1 IP) in 44 career starts against Oakland…BUT DID YOU KNOW…that since the A’s moved to Oakland in 1968, only Frank Tanana (23) has as many wins as Felix against the Athletics?
TODAY’S TILT…Mariners continue their 41st spring training with a Cactus League match-up today against the Oakland Athletics at Peoria Stadium and against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Camelback Ranch…today’s games are the 9th & 10th of a 36-game Cactus League schedule for the Mariners that concludes April 1 vs. Colorado Rockies at Salt River Fields…the Mariners will open the 2017 season April 3 at Minute Maid Park vs. Houston Astros.
UPCOMING PROBABLE PITCHERS (subject to change)…
SUNDAY: Mariners vs. Oakland 1:10 pm ROOT/710 ESPN Seattle
OAK — Cotton, Triggs, Detwiler*, Puk*, Brady, Coulombe*, Axford
SEA — Hernandez, Scribner, Vieira, Pazos*, De Jong, Fien, Hagaone, Simmons, Fy
SUNDAY: Mariners at Los Angeles-NL 1:05 pm MLB.tv
SEA — Moore, Diaz, Venditte^, Kiekhefer*, Aro, Unsworth, Owings
LAD — Urias*, Sborz, Sierra, Ravin, Romo
MONDAY: Mariners vs. Texas 1:10 pm ROOT/710 ESPN Seattle
TEX — Griffin, Gamboa, Scheppers, Dragmire, Leclerc
SEA — Smyly*, Vincent, Rzepczynski*, Altavilla, Hagadone*, Simmons
* left-handed pitcher ^switch-handed pitcher
SPLIT-SQUAD ACTION…the Mariners will be split today, with one half of the squad hosting the Oakland Athletics…the other half of the Mariners squad will be on the road, playing the Los Angeles Dodgers at Camelback Ranch in Glendale…today is the first of three split-squad days for the Mariners: March 17 (at ARI & at LAD) and March 24 (vs. KC & at LAA).
FOR STARTERS…over the last 4 games (10.0 IP), Mariners starters have allowed only 2 runs, posting a 1.80 ERA (2 ER, 10.0 IP)…Yovani Gallardo tossed three scoreless frames yesterday at Colorado…Hisashi Iwakuma allowed 1 run in two innings of work on Friday at Texas…on Thursday vs. Milwaukee, Ariel Miranda gave up 1 run in three innings…in his Cactus League debut Wednesday at Cleveland, Drew Smyly blanked the Indians over two innings.
GAMES ON TV TODAY…Felix Hernandez takes the mound today and the game will be televised on ROOT SPORTS at 1:10 pm…16 Mariners games will be televised this spring by ROOT SPORTS…only two MLB teams televise more spring games than the Mariners, the Angels & Phillies…the game against the Dodgers will be on MLB.tv.
LEADING THE PACK…the Mariners lead all teams with a .317 (93×293) batting average, a .401 on-base percentage, and rank 2nd with a .495 slugging percentage this spring…Seattle leads the Cactus League with 56 runs scored (8 games), trailing only New York-AL (68 in 10 games) for the Major League lead…Seattle is averaging 7.00 runs per game this spring.
THE DODGERS…the Mariners and Dodgers are meeting for the first of three times this spring (also: March 15 & 29)…Seattle went 0-3 against the Dodgers during Interleague Play in 2015, but will not face each other this season…the Mariners went 2-1 against the Dodgers during 2016 Spring Training…Seattle trails the all-time regular season series 13-15.
THE ATHLETICS…the Mariners and Athletics will face each other twice this spring (also: March 21)…Seattle went 12-7 against Oakland in 2016…the Mariners and Athletics are scheduled to face each other 19 times in 2017 (10 games at Safeco Field, 9 games at the Oakland Coliseum), including a 4-game set April 20-23 in Oakland…Seattle trails the all-time regular season series 270-334.
CACTUS LEAGUE REPORT…the Cactus League Report made its 2017 spring debut last week from the Salty Señorita in Peoria, the first of five live shows, all on Wednesday, and four from the Salty Señorita…the Cactus League Report will be hosted by Rick
Rizzs, Aaron Goldsmith, Dave Sims, Mike Blowers and Shannon Drayer
INJURY REPORT…reliever Steve Cishek (torn left labrum in his hip) had surgery on Oct. 12 and Tony Zych (biceps tendon debridement on his right arm) had surgery on Oct. 11…both are making progress this spring…Randy Adamack, the Mariners Sr. Vice President of Communications and Broadcasting, had knee replacement surgery on his second knee; we’re glad he’s out of knees to replace.
2016 IN REVIEW…completed the 2016 season 86-76 (.531), finishing 2nd in the American League West (9.0 games behind division winner Texas)…finished 3.0 games back of the AL Wild Card…registered 10 more wins than in 2015…compiled a winning record in 2 of last 3 seasons.