Mid-Season Report Notes
THE RECORD…the Mariners reached the All-Star break with a 43-47 (.478) record…are 4th in the AL West, 17.5 games back of first-place Houston and 1.0 game back of second-place Texas and Los Angeles-AL…went 27-22 (.551) at home…were 16-25 (.390) on the road.
CAN’T TELL THE PLAYERS WITHOUT A SCORECARD…the Mariners used 47 different players, most in the Majors …Toronto, Oakland and Los Angeles-AL have used the 2nd-most players (45)….the 47 players used is already T10th-most in club history…Seattle set a club record with 54 players used last season.
TRANSACTIONS IN BULK…since setting their Opening Day roster, Seattle has made 122 transactions involving the 40-man roster this season in just 97 days…Seattle is averaging one transaction every 19 hours and 5 minutes…the longest stretch this season without a roster move was April 15-20, a stretch of 6 days…in a 15 day span (May 9-23) Seattle made 32 roster moves, including 2 moves per day May 13-17.
RUN, RUN, RUN…Seattle scored 431 runs in the first half, T4th-most in the American League behind Houston (527), New York-AL (477), Texas (444) and tied with Boston (431)…overall, the club hit .263 (806×3063) with 152 doubles, 9 triples, 101 home runs, 408 RBI and a .332 on-base percentage…in the American League, ranked 4th in batting average and 5th in on-base percentage.
PITCHING IN…Seattle’s 31 pitchers combined to post a 4.56 ERA (405 ER, 800.0 IP) with 657 strikeouts in 90 games…the starters were 29-32 with a 4.76 ERA (262 ER, 495.2 IP) with 374 strikeouts…the starters opened the season with a 3.97 ERA (103 ER, 233.1 IP) in its first 43 games through May 19, but in the final 47 games had a 5.45 ERA (159 ER, 262.1 IP) with 189 strikeouts.
STREAKY…Seattle has posted 6 winning streaks of at least 3 games this season, including a season high 6-game win streak June 18-23 and a 5-game streak June 2-7…have also posted nine losing streaks of at least 3 games…have not won more than 6 straight, but have limited 5 of the 9 losing streak to just three games…have 5 winning streaks of at least 4 games this season…this season, the Mariners have posted 5 winning streaks of at least 4 games (one 6-G streak, one 5-G streak and three 4-G streaks) and 4 losing streaks of at least 4 games (one 5-G streak and three 4-G streaks)…32 of the club’s 90 (35.6%) games have come during a winning or losing streak of at least 4 games
CALL THE MEDIC…Seattle has had 16 placements on the disabled list during the first half, including 7 players on the DL at the conclusion of the first half…three players missed the entire first half: Shawn O’Malley (recovering from surgery to remove appendix and shoulder surgery), Shae Simmons (right elbow strain) and Drew Smyly (left arm flexor strain/Tommy John surgery)…Seattle has had four members of the expected starting rotation miss time on the DL: Felix Hernandez (54 games), Hisashi Iwakuma (57-still on DL), Drew Smyly (90-still on DL), James Paxton (24)…Seattle also had three members of the starting lineup spend a total of four stints on the DL: Jean Segura (12 & 18 games), Robinson Canó (9) and Mitch Haniger (42)…in all, the club has lost 735 player games to the disabled list in the first half…last season, the Mariners placed a club-record 19 different players on the DL (20 total DL stints), besting the previous club-record of 16 different players on the DL (2000, 2005 & 2009).
BULLPEN REVIVAL…over the last 45 games, Seattle’s bullpen has posted a 2.79 ERA (46 ER, 148.1 IP) with 142 strikeouts while limiting opponents to a .220 batting average…in the first 45 games of the season, the pen posted a 5.60 ERA (97 ER, 156.0 IP) with 141 strikeouts.
SPREADING WINS…Seattle had 16 different pitchers record a win in the first half, T3rd-most in the Majors behind Chicago-AL (17) and Cincinnati (17) and tied with Baltimore, Houston and Texas…Ariel Miranda and James Paxton were tied for the team lead with seven wins, while Christian Bergman and Felix Hernandez were T3rd with four…seven pitchers recorded a win as a starter, and 9 pitchers recorded a win as a reliever.
LOOKING FOR FOUR…Seattle was 40-15 when scoring at least four runs in a game, including 32-7 in the last 39 games with 4+ runs since May 3…when scoring three runs or less, the Mariners are 3-32, including 0-25 in the last 25 games when scoring three runs or less.
SHUTOUTS…Seattle collected 8 shutouts in the first half, 3rd-most in the Majors behind Cleveland (9) and Los Angeles-NL (9)…the club recorded shutouts on April 10 vs. Houston, April 15 vs. Texas, April 26 at Detroit, May 17 vs. Oakland, May 28 at Boston, May 31 vs. Colorado, June 30 at Los Angeles-AL and July 9 vs. Oakland…Seattle did not have any individual shutouts in the first half…Seattle had 8 shutouts all of last season.
A TALE OF THREE SEASONS…Seattle opened the season 1-6 and 21-29 in the first 50 games of the season…from May 28-June 23, Seattle was 18-8 over a span of 26 games…closed out the first half by going 4-10 in the final 14 games before the break.
HOME SWEET HOME…began the season 25-13 (.658) in the first 38 home games of the season…were 2-9 (.182) in the final 11 home games before the break…the 25-13 home mark through June 23 was the 3rd-best in the American League and 5th-best in the majors behind Los Angeles-NL (30-10/.750), Arizona (26-10/.722), New York-AL (24-11/.686) and Boston (22-11/.667).
ROAD WOES…began the season with just one win in its first 10 road games and were 8-20 on the road through 28 games…rebounded to go 8-5 over the final 13 road games before the break…finished 15-26 on the road in the first half, the 5th worst road mark in the American League.
GETTING OFFENSIVE…over the last 40 games before the break, Seattle averaged 5.48 runs per game while hitting .284 (392×1378) with 219 runs, 73 doubles, 3 triples, 52 home runs, 205 RBI, a .345 on-base percentage and an .800 OPS while going 22-18…in first 50 games, averaged 4.24 runs per game while hitting .246 (414×1685) with 212 runs, 79 doubles, 6 triples, 49 home runs, 203 RBI and .323 OBP while going 21-29
JOIN THE LIST…Seattle used 31 different pitchers during the first half of the season, the most in the Majors (Minnesota, 27)…Seattle also used 13 different starting pitchers (T1st in MLB)…Seattle used 12 rookie pitchers, the most in the Majors…also used 5 rookie starters (2nd in Majors behind Cincinnati)…Seattle rookie starters include Sam Gaviglio (10), Chase De Jong (4), Andrew Moore (3), Dillon Overton (1) & Rob Whalen (1).
WELCOME TO THE SHOW…six Mariners made their MLB debut during the first half: Pitchers Sam Gaviglio (May 11 at TOR), Emilio Pagan (May 3 vs. LAA), Andrew Moore (June 22 vs. DET), Chase De Jong (April 5 at HOU) and Max Povse (June 22 vs. DET) as well as infielder Tyler Smith (June 2 vs. TB) made their Major League debuts this season.
300…Nelson Cruz hit his 300th career home run on July 7 vs. Oakland…he’s the 10th active player with 300 career homers…the current list is: 1. Albert Pujols-LAA, 604; 2. Miguel Cabrera-DET, 457; 3. Adrian Beltre-TEX, 452; 4. Carlos Beltran-HOU, 432; 5. Edwin Encarnacion-CLE, 328; 6. Jose Bautista-TOR, 322; 7. Matt Holiday-NYY, 310; 8. Adrian Gonzalez-LAD, 309; 9. Curtis Granderson-NYM, 306…Robinson Canó is next up with 295.
IT STARTS AT THE TOP…Among all teams’ leadoff hitters this season, Mariners leadoff hitters lead the Major Leagues in batting (.346/132×382), hits (132) and on-base percentage (.390) while ranking 3rd in runs (72), 4th in OPS (.856), 5th in slugging (.466), T7th in doubles (22), 9th in stolen bases (13) and T13th in RBI (39)…Jean Segura leads the club in starts in the leadoff spot in the lineup with 60, followed by Ben Gamel (15), Jarrod Dyson (8) and Guillermo Heredia (7)…among all clubs’ No. 2 hitters, Mariners No. 2 hitters rank 4th in MLB in runs (68), T7th in RBI (49), 8th in walks (46), T10th in OBP (.360), 11th in doubles (19), T11th in hits (96), 12th in batting (.270/96×356) and OPS (.787), 14th in slugging (.427) and T14th in extra-base hits (32)…Gamel leads the club in starts in the No. 2 spot in the order with 34, followed by Mitch Haniger (32), Heredia (13), Danny Valencia (7), Tyler Smith (1), Kyle Seager (1), Boog Powell (1) and Taylor Motter (1).
JEAN, JEAN THE HITTING MACHINE…Jean Segura hit safely in 17 consecutive games April 30-May 18, tied for the 2nd-longest streak in the Majors behind (Kansas City’s Whit Merrifield, 19)…during the streak he hit .387 (29×75) with 16 runs, 6 doubles, 2 home runs, 11 RBI, 7 walks, 2 stolen bases and a .446 on-base percentage…only two others have had longer streak by a Mariners shortstop than Segura’s streak, as Yuniesky Betancourt (5/20-6/9/07) and Alex Rodriguez (8/16-9/4/96) share the club record with respective 20-game streaks.
DYNAMIC DUO…Seattle is one of two American League teams and six Major League teams (also: Colorado-3, Washington-3, Arizona, Cincinnati & Houston), to have multiple players with at least 60 RBI apiece in the first half…marks the 8th season in franchise history that the Mariners have had 2-or-more players with 60 RBI each prior to the All-Star Break and the first since 2003…the Mariners duo of Nelson Cruz (70 RBI) and Robinson Canó (60 RBI) joins the clubs from 1979 (Bruce Bochte and Willie Horton), 1996 (Jay Buhner, Ken Griffey Jr., Edgar Martinez and Alex Rodriguez), 1997 (Buhner, Griffey and Martinez), 1998 (Griffey, Rodriguez and David Segui), 2000 (Martinez, John Olerud and Rodriguez), 2001 (Bret Boone and Martinez) and 2003 (Boone and Martinez).
HIT AFTER HIT…Ben Gamel is 5th in the American League in hitting, batting .323 (82×254) with 42 runs, 16 doubles, 2 triples, 4 home runs and 29 RBI in 66 games…teammate Jean Segura, 6 plate appearances short of qualifying, would lead the Majors with a .349 (89×255) with 41 runs, 16 doubles, 6 home runs and 29 RBI…the last time a Mariner led the AL in batting at the All-Star Break was Ichiro Suzuki (.352/137×389) in 2003.
HE’LL PICK YOU UP…Nelson Cruz finished the 1st half with 70 RBI…is the 7th different Mariner in club history (done 12x) to reach 70 RBI by the All-Star Break, joining Ken Griffey Jr. (3x), Bret Boone (2x), Edgar Martinez (2x), Alex Rodriguez (2x), Jay Buhner and Raul Ibañez…the last to do so was Ibañez with 70 RBI prior to the break in 2006…Cruz’s 70 RBI are 2nd-most in his career prior to the All-Star Break, trailing only his 74 RBI before the break in 2014 with Baltimore.
HE’S THE REAL MVP…with a go-ahead solo home run in the top of the 10th inning Tuesday night in Miami, Robinson Canó propelled the AL to a 2–1 win over the NL in the 88th All-Star Game…Canó earned the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award, the 3rd Mariners player to do so, joining Ken Griffey Jr. (1992 in San Diego) and Ichiro Suzuki (2007 in San Francisco).
YOU’RE AN ALL-STAR…Robinson Canó (8th appearance) and Nelson Cruz (5th appearance) were named to the American League All-Star Team for the 88th Major League Baseball All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 11 at Marlins Park in Miami…this marks the 10th time in club history that Seattle has had multiple position players selected to Midsummer Classic (last: 2014, Canó & Kyle Seager).
THIEF…Jarrod Dyson stole 20 bases in the first half…he now has 6 straight seasons with 20+ steals…since 2012, Dyson is joined only by Texas’ Elvis Andrus as players who have stolen 20+bases in each of those seasons…Houston’s Jose Altuve (18 this season) has a chance to join them.
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE…the Mariners outfield leads MLB in Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) with 25, ranking ahead of Boston (23), Tampa Bay (17), Minnesota (16) and New York-AL (15)…individually, Jarrod Dyson ranks 4th in the Majors in DRS with 11 while Guillermo Heredia is T6th (10)… Seattle’s outfield is 2nd in MLB in Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR) with a mark of 14.5, behind just Boston (14.8) and ahead of Kansas City (12.6), Cincinnati (9.0) and Texas (8.4) …per Fangraphs, UZR attempts to quantify “how many runs a player saved or gave up through their fielding prowess (or lack thereof)”…in 2016, Seattle finished the year at negative-27 defensive runs saved; that was 27th in baseball…rankings according to Fangraphs.
THIS IS 40+…Ben Gamel hit .393 (42×107) with 22 runs scored, 8 doubles, 2 home runs, 11 RBI and 6 walks in 26 games in June…he led the Majors in June in hits, while ranking 2nd in average:
- Was the 13th player in franchise history to record 40+ hits in a month (done 40x)…joins Jean Segura (43 H in May) as the only Mariners to accomplish this feat in 2017.
- 2nd Mariners rookie with 40+ hits in a month (also: Ichiro, 47 H, May 2001 & 51 H, Aug. 2001).
- Was the 6th Mariner in club history to hit .390 in a month (min. 100 AB), joining Alex Rodriguez, Edgar Martinez (3x), Ichiro (7x), Joey Cora & Raul Ibanez.
- 2nd Mariner rookie to hit .390 in a month (min. 100 AB), joining Ichiro (May & Aug., 2001).
ROOKIE LEADERS…Ben Gamel hit .323 (82×254) with 42 runs, 16 doubles, 2 triples, 4 home runs and 29 RBI with a .379 on-base percentage and a .449 slugging mark…ranked among Major League rookies in average (2nd), on-base percentage (2nd), doubles (T3rd), hits (4th), runs (5th) and walks (T6th)…Gamel had a 15-game hitting streak June 9-23, the longest by a rookie in the American League.
JUNINO…Mike Zunino recorded 31 RBI in June…just the 11th time that a Mariners player has recorded 30+ RBI in a calendar month…Mike Blowers and Edgar Martinez share the record with 33 in Aug. 1995…the rest of the list: 32-Edgar Martinez (June 1995) & Jay Buhner (Sept. 1995…had 1 more in Oct. that year); 31-Raul Ibanez (Aug. 2008); 30-Ken Griffey Jr., twice (April 1997 & July 1996), Adrian Beltre (July 2007), Alex Rodriguez (July 1999) and Edgar Martinez (Aug. 2001).
MORE ABOUT JUNINO…Mike Zunino hit .304 (24×79) with 14 runs scored, 3 doubles, 10 home runs and 31 RBI in 24 games in June…his 31 RBI during the month led the Majors in June and were T2nd-most by an AL catcher, dating back to 1920 …he was the 5th Mariners player in franchise history to hit at least 10 home run and drive in 30 or more RBI in a month, joining Ken Griffey Jr. (3x: July of 1996, April of 1997 & May of 2000), Edgar Martinez (2x: May of 2000 & May of 2003), Alex Rodriguez (July of 1999) and Jay Buhner (Sept. of 1995).
NO APRIL FOOL…James Paxton, who was named the American League Player of the Week for April 10-16, went 3-0 with a 1.39 ERA (5 ER, 32.2 IP) in 5 starts in April to open the 2017 season…he limited opponents to a .179 (21×117) average…among American League pitchers during April, he ranked 4th in ERA (1.39) and in strikeouts/walks (6.50), 5th in WHIP (0.84), T5th in strikeouts (39), 6th in strikeouts per 9.0 innings (10.86) and in opponent batting average (.179), T7th in wins (3) and T8th in quality starts…Paxton had a 23.0 inning scoreless streak to open the season (through 2nd inning on April 20)…the streak was the longest to start the season in Mariners history, besting the previous mark to start the season by Mark Lowe (17.2 innings) in 2006…Paxton was also the 10th pitcher in ML history since 1900 to begin the season with 3 consecutive starts of at least 6.0 scoreless innings…Paxton’s 1.39 ERA in April was the 3rd-lowest all-time in Mariners franchise history, trailing only Floyd Bannister (1.21 in 1980) and Felix Hernandez (1.39 in 2016).
ON A ROLL… James Paxton tossed at least 6.0 scoreless innings in each of his first 3 starts this season…he is the fourth pitcher in American League history to throw at least six innings without allowing a run in each of his first three games of a season, joining Ray Caldwell of the 1914 Yankees, Luis Tiant of the 1966 Indians, and Jordan Zimmermann of the 2016 Tigers.
STREAKING…James Paxton won 5 consecutive decisions to begin the 2017 season…Paxton is 1 of 13 Mariners starting pitchers to win at least 5 straight decisions to begin a season (last: Felix Hernandez, 6 consecutive wins, 4/6–5/10/15)…the club record is held by Aaron Sele, who won 8 straight decisions to start the 2001 season (4/4–5/3/01)…teammate Ariel Miranda also had 5-game winning streak from April 28-June 4.
RUN WITH IT, KID…Mitch Haniger scored a run in 8 consecutive games April 4-11, equaling the Mariners rookie club record (also: Danny Tartabull, 6/21-29/86)…Haniger is the 7th different Mariners player (done 10x) to score a run in 8 consecutive games (last: Franklin Gutierrez, 5/24-6/4/16)…he scored 32 runs in his first 33 games through June 23…scored just 3 runs in his final 14 games.
BULLPEN STALWARTS…Seattle finished the first half with Nick Vincent, Edwin Díaz, James Pazos, Marc Rzepczynski, Tony Zych, Steve Cishek and Emilio Pagan in the bullpen…if you take the first 6 (Pagan has only appeared in 4 games), they have combined to post a 2.91 ERA (53 ER, 164.0 IP) with 167 strikeouts in 185 combined relief appearances…they have combined to strike out 9.16 batters per 9.0 innings…the rest of the relievers this season have combined to post a 5.77 ERA (90 ER, 140.1 IP).
IS THAT GOOD? YEAH, VERY GOOD…Jean Segura is averaging 1.48 hits per game played this season (89 H, 60 G), the 4th-best mark in club history behind Ichiro Suzuki in 2004 (1.63/262 H, 161 G), 2001 (1.5414/242 H, 157 G) and 2009 (1.5411/225 H, 146 G)…despite missing 30 games due to injury, he is on pace 195 hits (if you assume he plays in 130 games this season).
SAVE IT…Edwin Díaz recorded the 1,500th save in club history on May 3 vs. Los Angeles-AL…at the time of the save, 126 different pitchers had tallied at least 1 save with Seattle, including 4 active Mariners: Steve Cishek (25), Díaz (23), Nick Vincent (3) and Hisashi Iwakuma (2)…Kazuhiro Sasaki holds all-time club record with 129 saves.
DAYTIME DRIVERS…the Mariners boast 4 of the top-25 of the American League leaders in daytime batting average, including 2 of the top-10 (min. 75 PA in day games)…Robinson Canó ranks 5th with a mark of .346 (36×104) in day games while Jean Segura’s .321 (26×81) average is 9th, Ben Gamel’s .307 (23×75) clip is 18th-best, and Nelson Cruz’s .299 (29×97) mark ranks T22nd…as a team, the Mariners rank 4th in the AL in daytime batting (.267/260×975).
INTERLEAGUE PLAY…Seattle was 8-6 during Interleague Play during the first half of the season, winning 3 of the first 4 series, going 8-3 in the first 11 games before losing three straight…four Mariners hit at least .350: Robinson Canó (.411/23×56) with 11 runs, 3 doubles, 5 home runs and 13 RBI, Ben Gamel (.405/15×37) with 10 runs, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run and 6 RBI, Jean Segura (.370/17×46) with 7 runs, 1 home run and 2 RBI and Guillermo Heredia (.353/12×34) with 4 runs, 1 home run and 2 RBI…Kyle Seager was tied for the club lead with 13 Interleague RBI in the first half.
OPENING DAY ROSTER TIDBITS…Carlos Ruiz was the oldest player on the Mariners Opening Day roster at 38 years, 71 days…Edwin Díaz was the youngest at 23 years, 12 days…Dan Altavilla (RHP), Edwin Díaz (RHP), Mitch Haniger (OF), Guillermo Heredia (OF), Ariel Miranda (LHP), Taylor Motter (INF), Dillon Overton (LHP) and James Pazos (LHP) were on their first Opening Day rosters…this is 12th Opening Day for Felix Hernandez and Robinson Canó… Seattle opened season with three players with at least 10 years of Major League service time, led by Robinson Canó (11.153), Felix Hernandez (11.060) and Carlos Ruiz (10.069).
VENEZUELAN PRIDE…Felix Hernandez won his 157th career game on June 23 vs. Houston, becoming the all-time winningest Venezuelan-born pitcher in Major League history…he passed former Mariner Freddy Garcia for the most career wins by a Venezuelan-born pitcher…he already holds several MLB records by a Venezuelan-born pitcher, including starts (368), most innings pitched (2466.1) and most strikeouts (2310).
KING FELIX MAKES TENTH OPENING DAY START…Felix Hernandez made his 10th career Opening Day start (2007 vs. OAK, 2009 at MIN, 2010 at OAK, 2011 at OAK, 2012 at OAK-Tokyo, 2013 at OAK, 2014 at LAA, 2015 vs. LAA, 2016 at TEX & 2017 at HOU), and his 9th consecutive OD start, the longest active streak in MLB…the start extended his club record for most career Opening Day nods (previous: Randy Johnson, 6, 1992-96, ‘98)…Felix is 6-2, 1.64 ERA (13 ER, 71.1 IP) with 74 strikeouts in 10 career Opening Day starts…Felix became the 9th pitcher in Major League history to make at least 10 Opening Day starts with one franchise…joined Steve Carlton-PHI, Bob Gibson-STL, Walter Johnson-WSH, Juan Marichal-SFG, Jack Morris-DET, Robin Roberts-PHI, Tom Seaver-NYM and Warren Spahn-BSN/MLN.
DRAFT RECAP…the club selected 40 players in the 2017 Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft, highlighted by their first pick, infielder Evan White, who was the 17th overall selection in the draft. The Mariners selected 23 pitchers, including 8 left-handers, 3 catchers, 9 infielders (2 1B, 5 SS, 2 3B), and 5 outfielders. Seattle selected 32 college players and 8 high school players. Seattle drafted 3 catchers, 9 infielders (2 1B, 5 SS, 2 3B), and 5 outfielders…infielder Evan White from the University of Kentucky was the Mariners first position player selected in the 1st round (17th overall)…of the 17 position players selected, 6 are right-handed hitters, 9 are left-handed hitters and 2 are switch hitters.
THE FUTURE IS NOW…Mariners minor league right-handed pitcher Thyago Vieira (Brazil) represented the World team in the 19th annual SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on July 9 at Marlins Park in Miami, striking out 1, walking 1 and allowing 1 hit in 0.2 scoreless innings pitched …the Mariners have had 38 selections (including Vieira) to the Futures Game since its first began in 1999…7 players on the current 25-man roster (+DL) have played in the Futures Game in the past: Robinson Canó (2003-04), Nelson Cruz (2005), Edwin Díaz (2015), Yovani Gallardo (2006), Felix Hernandez (2004), James Paxton (2011) and Jean Segura (2012)…Canó (All-Star: 2006, 2010-14, Futures Game: 2003 & 2004), Cruz (All-Star: 2009, 2013-14, Futures Game: 2005), Hernandez (All-Star: 2009, 2011-14; Futures Game: 2004) and Segura (All-Star: 2013; Futures Game: 2012) have competed in both the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
INTERNATIONALLY KNOWN…259 players on 2017 Opening Day 25-man rosters and inactive lists were born outside the 50 United States…the Mariners had the 2nd-most foreign-born players with a total of 12 on an Opening Day roster that spanned eight different countries and territories outside the U.S.: Canada (James Paxton), Cuba (Guillermo Heredia, Leonys Martin, Guillermo Heredia), Dominican Republic (Robinson Canó, Nelson Cruz, Jean Segura), Japan (Hisashi Iwakuma), Mexico (Yovani Gallardo), Panama (Carlos Ruiz), Puerto Rico (Edwin Diaz), Venezuela (Felix Hernandez).
BEAVER NATION…with right-hander Andrew Moore (2013-15), joining the Mariners on June 21, Seattle briefly boasted three players on the active roster who played at Oregon State…Moore joined infielder Tyler Smith (2010-13) and right-hander Sam Gaviglio (2009-11)…Moore was the 28th OSU Beaver to play in the Major Leagues.
GET OUT THE RYE BREAD AND THE MUSTARD, GRANDMA…the Mariners hit grand slam home runs in back-to-back games, June 2-3…Taylor Motter hit his 2nd grand salami of the season June 2 vs. Tampa Bay, and Mike Zunino hit his first career grand slam June 3 vs. the Rays…marks the 5th time in club history that Seattle has hit grand slam home runs in back-to-back games (last: 8/7/00 at NYY – Carlos Guillen and 8/8/00, game 1 of doubleheader, – Jay Buhner and Edgar Martinez)…two Mariners have hit grand slams in consecutive games (Ken Griffey Jr., 4/29/99 vs. DET and 4/30/99 vs. TOR & Mike Blowers, 5/16/93 at OAK and 5/17/93 at TEX).
DUCKS ON THE POND…the Mariners lead the Major Leagues in doubles (8) and extra-base hits (12) with the bases loaded while also ranking 2nd in hits (28), RBI (81), walks (12) and on-base percentage (.394), T2nd in grand slam home runs (4), 3rd in OPS (.946), 5th in slugging (.552) and 8th in batting (.322/28×87).
HITS JUST KEEP ON COMING…Danny Valencia hit safely in his first 2 at-bats June 4, tying the club record with hits in 9 consecutive at-bats (also: Raul Ibañez, 9/22/04 – 9/24/04)…he reached base safely in 10 consecutive plate appearances, becoming the 5th Mariners player to reach base safely in 10 straight plate appearances (last: Mike Cameron, 4/26-28/01)…the club record is shared by Raul Ibanez (9/22-24/04) and Ken Griffey Jr. (4/23-27/89), who each reached base safely in 11 consecutive plate appearances.
PUNCH THEM OUT…Casey Lawrence recorded a career-best 9 strikeouts on June 1 vs. Colorado (previous: 4, 4/22/17 at LAA w/TOR)…his 9 strikeouts set the Mariners single-game club record for strikeouts by a reliever…his 9 punchouts rank ahead of 8 Mariners relievers who each struck out 8 (last: Julio Mateo, 8/1/03 vs. CWS)…Lawrence became the first reliever to tally 9 strikeouts since David Phelps-NYY (4/26/13 vs. TOR).
AT LAST…Carlos Ruiz made his first MLB pitching appearance in his 1,110th career game June 13 at Minnesota…according to the Elias Sports Bureau, in the last three seasons (2015-17) Ruiz is the 8th player with at least 1,000 career games to make his pitching debut…on April 18 this season Erick Aybar debuted for SD in career game #1,359…among the 8 veteran players to make pitching debuts since the start of 2015, Ruiz is actually 7th in career games.
NOTHING SHORT ABOUT THEM…Mariners shortstops have combined to bat .316 (116×367) with 57 runs, 23 doubles, 13 home runs, 49 RBI, 22 walks, a .359 on-base percentage and a .485 slugging percentage in 90 games…among all teams’ shortstops, the Mariners lead the Major Leagues in batting (.316) and hits (116), while ranking 3rd in doubles (23), slugging (.485) and OPS (.845), 4th in OBP (.359), T4th in runs (57), 5th in extra-base hits (36), T5th in home runs (13) and 7th in RBI (49)…Jean Segura leads the club with 60, followed by Taylor Motter (26) and Tyler Smith (4).
TURNAROUND…after ranking 23rd in the Major Leagues in runs/game in the month of May at a 4.25 clip (119 R, 28 G), the club ranked 2nd in MLB in runs/game for the month of June (160 R, 27 G)…as a club, the Mariners hit .267 (257×961) with 119 runs, 42 doubles, 4 triples, 25 home runs, 112 RBI, 97 walks, a .338 OBP and a .398 slugging mark in 28 games in May while going 14-14…the club scored 9 runs over an 8-game span, May 19-27…in June, the Mariners hit .288 (270×939) with 160 runs, 49 doubles, 1 triple, 39 home runs, 151 RBI, 77 walks, a .350 OBP and a .466 slugging mark in 27 games while posting a record of 15-12.