Upcoming Probable Starting Pitchers:
|Sunday||April 9||12:37 p.m.||at LAA||Hisashi Iwakuma (RHP)||Matt Shoemaker (RHP)|
|Monday||April 10||2:10 p.m.||vs. HOU||James Paxton (LHP)||Charlie Morton (RHP)|
|Tuesday||April 11||7:10 p.m.||vs. HOU||Ariel Miranda (LHP)||Joe Musgrove (RHP)|
|Wednesday||April 12||7:10 p.m.||vs. HOU||Yovani Gallardo (RHP)||Mike Fiers (RHP)|
Today’s Game Notes (also attached as PDF):
Today’s Game Notes
DID YOU KNOW…that Mitch Haniger is the 8th rookie in club history to hit 2 home runs in the club’s first 6 games to start the season and the first since Kenji Johjima accomplished this feat in 2006?…he and Johjima also Ruppert Jones (1997), Juan Bernhardt (1977), Rod Craig (1980), Jim Maler (1982), Danny Tartabull (1986) and Greg Pirkl (1994) as the only Mariners rookies to homer twice in the club’s first 6 games of a season.
TODAY’S TILT…the Mariners continue a two-city, seven-day, seven-game road trip today with the finale (0-2) of a three-game series at Los Angeles-AL…went 1-3 in the season-opening four-game series at Houston…a 9-game homestand against Houston (3 G), Texas (3 G) and Miami (3 G) begins with the home opener on Monday, April 10 at 2:10 p.m. at Safeco Field…today’s game will be televised live in HD on ROOT SPORTS NW and broadcast live on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network.
ODDS AND ENDS…the Mariners open the 2017 Championship Season with a 7-game road trip to Houston (1-3) and Los Angeles-AL (0-2)…17 of the club’s first 26 games – and 23 of the first 38 – will be played away from Safeco Field.
- Jean, Jean the Hitting Machine – Jean Segura has tallied 4 multi-hit games, including his first three-hit game of the season last night…he ranks T2nd in the Major Leagues (also: Nomar Mazara-TEX, J.T. Realmuto-MIA and Mark Reynolds-COL) in multi-hit games, trailing Daniel Murphy-WAS (5).
- All Hands on Deck – in the first 6 games of the season, the Mariners have used 26 players (14 pitchers).
- New Faces – of the 25 players active for Opening Day, 18 were not on the Mariners Opening Day roster last season, including 12 players who were not in the Mariners organization when the 2016 season began.
- Young & Old – Carlos Ruiz is the oldest player on the Mariners Opening Day roster at 38 years, 77 days…Edwin Díaz is the youngest at 23 years, 18 days.
- First Opening Day – Dan Altavilla (RHP), Edwin Díaz (RHP), Mitch Haniger (OF), Guillermo Heredia (OF), Ariel Miranda (LHP), Taylor Motter (INF), Dillon Overton (LHP) & James Pazos (LHP) are on their first Opening Day rosters…this is the 12th Opening Day roster for Felix Hernandez & Robinson Canó.
THE BEAR VS. THE ANGELS…Hisashi Iwakuma has worked at least 6.0 innings in each of his last 10 starts vs. the Angels (9/26/14-c), posting a record of 4-4 with a 2.90 ERA (22 ER, 68.1 IP) with 37 strikeouts and 9 walks…overall, his 9 career wins vs. the Halos are tied for the most in his career vs. any single opponent (also: Oakland and Texas).
HEADING HOME…the Mariners will depart for Seattle following today’s game, ending a streak of 55 consecutive days on the road…pitchers and catchers reported to the Peoria Sports Complex on Feb. 14, and position players reported on Feb. 18…including a 36-game Cactus League schedule, the Mariners will have played 43 games away from Safeco Field before tomorrow’s home opener vs. Houston at 2:10 p.m.
‘TABLE-SETTERS…Jean Segura and Mitch Haniger have batted first and second, respectively, in the lineup in each of the Mariners 6 games this season…the duo is batting a combined .275 (14×51) with 9 runs, 1 double, 3 home runs, 6 RBI, 5 walks, 3 steals, a .339 on-base percentage and a .471 slugging percentage.
LET THERE BE LIGHT…two Mariners ranked in the top-7 American League leaders in batting average during day games last season…among AL players with 150-or-more plate appearances in day games, Nelson Cruz ranked 4th with a .331 (59×178) average while Leonys Martin was 7th with a mark of .325 (53×163)…overall, Cruz hit .331 (59×178) with 28 runs, 9 doubles, 11 home runs and 35 RBI in 48 day games last season while Martin hit .325 (53×163) with 30 runs, 8 doubles, 2 triples, 9 home runs and 17 RBI in 44 day games.
THE HOME OPENER…the Mariners will open their 2017 home schedule vs. the Houston tomorrow at 2:10 p.m. at Safeco Field…the gates will open to the general public at 11:40 a.m.…pre-game festivities will begin at approximately 1:30 p.m.…Ruppert Jones, Harold Reynolds, Mark McLemore and Willie Bloomquist will throw out ceremonial first pitches…catching the pitches will be Mariners Hall of Famers Alvin Davis, Edgar Martinez, Jamie Moyer and Dan Wilson.
BOOMSTICK BABY!…Nelson Cruz has hit 38 career home runs vs. the Angels, most in his career vs. any single opponent…among active players, he trails only Adrian Beltre (40) in home runs vs. the Angels…his 17 career home runs at Angel Stadium are 2nd-most among active visiting players, trailing Beltre (22)…Cruz also has 94 career RBI against the Halos, most in his career vs. any single opponent…he trails Beltre (147) for the most RBI vs. the Angels among active players.
FOR STARTERS… Mariners starters have combined for a 3.27 ERA (12 ER, 33.0 IP), 9th-best among starting staffs in the Majors…they have allowed 2 runs-or-fewer in four of the club’s six games this season…Mariners starters have also given up 5 hits-or-fewer in four of their six outings…eight of the 12 runs allowed by Mariners starting pitchers have come via solo home runs.
KEEPING IT IN THE DIVISION…today is the Mariners 7th (1-5) of 13 straight games vs. AL West opponents to open the season…17 of the club’s first 20 games this year will be played against divisonal foes…the Mariners are 14-10 (.583) in their last 24 match-ups against AL West opponents (9/7/16-c)…with Thursday’s win at Houston, Seattle snapped a five-game losing streak against AL West teams (10/1/16 – 4/5/17)…from Sept. 7-14, 2016, the Mariners won 8 consecutive games vs. AL West opponents.
OPENING HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS…the Mariners first homestand of the 2017 season begins with Opening Day vs. the Houston Astros tomorrow at 2:10 p.m.…the homestand also features Ken Griffey Jr. Replica Statue Night on Friday, April 14 at 7:10 p.m. vs. the Texas Rangers and Ichiro Dual Bobblehead Day on Wednesday, April 19 at 12:40 p.m. vs. the Miami Marlins.
MISP-ING IN ACTION…the Mariners are batting .102 (5×49) with runners in scoring postion in 6 games this season…their 49 at-bats with runners in scoring postion are 5th-most in the Major Leagues (Tampa Bay, 60, Arizona, 58, Los Angeles-AL, 52 and Miami, 50)…the club’s .102 batting average with runners in scoring position is the lowest such average in the Majors this season.
Today in Mariners History (April 9):
· 1980 – Dave Heaverlo is acquired from Oakland just hours before the opening night contest vs. Toronto. He arrives during the game and then tosses 1.1 innings of hitless relief to earn the save in the 8-6 win.
· 1985 – Al Cowens and Phil Bradley pace the Mariners to a 6-3 win over Oakland with three hits each before a Kingdome crowd of 37,161, the Mariners fourth consecutive Opening Night victory.
· 1990 – Ken Griffey Jr. goes 4×5 with a home run and three RBI in a season-opening, 7-4 victory at California.
· 1999 – Butch Henry allows two hits over 7.0 innings in his Mariners debut for a 6-1 win over Oakland.
· 2013 – The Mariners and Astros combined for 22 hits, 8 home runs and 25 runs scored in a slugfest at Safeco Field. The Astros won 16-9 behind 5 home runs. The 25 runs scored were the most in a single-game at Safeco Field, and the home runs were tied for third-most.
· 2014 – The Mariners were limited to one hit in a 2-0 loss against the Los Angeles Angels. Albert Pujols hit his 594th career home run, passing Lou Gehrig and Fred McGriff on the all-time home run list.