Upcoming Probable Starting Pitchers:
|Saturday||Aug. 19||3:10 p.m.||at TB||Ariel Miranda (LHP)||Jake Odorizzi (RHP)|
|Sunday||Aug. 20||10:10 a.m.||at TB||Yovani Gallardo (RHP)||Blake Snell (LHP)|
Today’s Game Notes:
AS YOU KNOW…Nelson Cruz recorded 30th home run of the season last night with a solo blast with 2 outs in the 9th, his 4th consecutive season (3rd with Seattle) and 5th time in his career with at least 30 home runs…AND AS YOU MIGHT KNOW…Cruz is first Major League player to reach 30 home runs in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 (Edwin Encarnacion is 2 HR away from 6 straight seasons of 30 HR and Anthony Rizzo is 2 HR away from his 4th straight season)…BUT DID YOU KNOW?…Cruz is 1 of 4 Mariners players to record at least 3 seasons with at least 30 home runs?…he joins only Ken Griffey Jr. (6x: 1993-94, 1996-99), Alex Rodriguez (4x: 1996-2000) and Jay Buhner (3: 1995-97).
TONIGHT’S TILT…the Mariners continue a 7,500-mile, 14-day, 12-game odyssey that includes trips to Tampa Bay (1-0), Atlanta (3 games), New York-AL (3 games) and Baltimore (3 games) before returning home to Seattle…Seattle went 2-5 on just concluded 2-team homestand vs. Los Angeles-AL (0-4) and Baltimore (2-1)…tonight’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…Seattle is 21-15 in its last 36 games, 31-30 in last 61 and have won 41-of-the-last-73… 45-40 in last 85 and 51-45 in the last 96…are 11-8-2 in home series, 8-8-2 in road series…are 61-55 in 116 games after opening the season 1-6…are 34-32 at home, but 27-29 on the road.
- Road Homers – Since 2015, Nelson Cruz leads the Majors with 69 road home runs, ranking ahead of Edwin Encarnacion (62) & Anthony Rizzo (55)…Cruz has 9 HR in his last 14 road game (7/15-current).
- Homer Happy – Nelson Cruz has hit 6 home runs in his last 9 games, 8 in his last 12 games and 10 in his last 17 games (7/30-c)…since July 30, Cruz’s 10 home runs are 2nd-most in the Majors, trailing only Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton (11) and tied with Toronto’s Josh Donaldson (10) and Texas’ Joey Gallo (10).
- RBI Duo – Nelson Cruz leads the AL in RBI with 98 while Robinson Canó ranks T8th with 77 RBI…Seattle is 1 of 2 American League teams – and 1 of 7 Major League teams (also: Washington-4, Colorado-3, Arizona-2, Baltimore-2, Cincinnati-2 and Miami-2) – to have multiple players with at least 75 RBI each.
- Four Square – Seattle is 56-19 when scoring 4 runs-or-more, but 5-42 when scoring 3-or-fewer runs.
- Frequent Flier Miles – the flight mileage on this road trip from Seattle to Tampa Bay to Atlanta to New York to Baltimore and back to Seattle will cover approximately 7,500 miles…the Mariners will fly 45,687 miles this season, the 3rd-highest in the Majors, trailing only Oakland (49,252) and Los Angeles Angels (46,069).
- Road Trippin – the current 14-day, 12-game road trip marks the 24th time in club history the Mariners have had a road trip of at least 12 games, but only the 6th time dating back to 1994…also marks the first 12+-game road trip since a 4-city, 12-game road trip August 13-25, 2010 (CLE, BAL, NYY, BOS).
HE’S A 10…Nelson Cruz has an active 10-game hitting streak (8/8-current), batting .432 (16×37) with 11 runs scored 5 doubles, 6 home runs, 14 RBI, 1 HBP and 3 walks…his 10-game hitting streak is T3rd-longest active streak in the Majors (also: Tommy Pham-StL-10), trailing only Philadelphia’s Odubel Herrera (17) and Boston’s Andrew Benintendi (11)…marks his 9th career double digit hitting streak, including his 2nd this season (15 G, 4/19-5/6/17).
ROAD TEAM ADVANTAGE…tonight is game #18 (9-8) in a stretch of 21 of 28 games away from Safeco Field…after starting the season 8-20 in their first 28 road games (4/3-5/27), the Mariners are 20-9 (.690) in their last 29 road contests since May 28…during this span, the Mariners .690 road winning percentage ranks 2nd in the Major Leagues, trailing only Los Angeles-NL (25-8/.758)…dating back to June 18, the Mariners are 15-5 (.750) in their last 20 games away from Safeco.
MATCH-UPS TO WATCH…Leonys Martin (.364/4×11, 2B, 2 RBI), Robinson Canó (.333/4×12, 2B, RBI, BB), Jarrod Dyson (.333/1×3) and Danny Valencia (.300/3×10, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB) are all batting at least .300 in their career vs. Tampa Bay starts Jake Odorizzi.
CATCHING SOME RAYS…dating back to June 29, 2014, Nelson Cruz has hit safely 21 of his last 25 games vs. Tampa Bay, including an active 9-game hitting streak (5/10/16-current)…during this 25-game stretch he is batting .386 (39×101) with 22 runs scored, 8 doubles, 1 triple, 8 home runs, 24 RBI, 8 walks and 1 stolen base.
GOING FISHING…Robinson Canó (205) is one of 4 players with 200 career hits vs. the Tampa Bay Rays …ranks 4th all-time behind Derek Jeter (317), Alex Rodriguez (245) and David Ortiz (234).
ROLLING IN ST. PETE…the Mariners have won 8 of the last 10 games and 11 of the last 16 games in St. Petersburg (since July 21, 2012)…the 16-game stretch followed an 8-game losing streak at Tropicana Field…Seattle swept a 3-game set in Seattle earlier this season (June 2-4) and overall (home & road), are 15-5 in the last 20 games against the Rays (since June 7, 2014), including winning 5 straight.
BRINGING THE BOOM…Nelson Cruz leads the American League this season with 98 RBI while ranking 6th in the AL with 30 home runs…Cruz is 2 RBI shy of becoming the 5th player in club history to hit at least 30 home runs and collect at least 100 RBI in back-to-back seasons…Cruz would join Jay Buhner (1995-97), Ken Griffey Jr. (1996-99), Alex Rodriguez (1998-2000) and Richie Sexson (2005-06)…Cruz collected 43 home runs and 105 RBI with Seattle last season.
SPREADING WINS…Erasmo Ramirez earned his first win of the season with Seattle, becoming the 21st pitcher to record at least 1 win with the Mariners this season…the 21 pitchers recording a win ties a club record, which was previously set in 2016…Seattle’s 21 different pitchers to record a win this season are also the most in the Majors, ahead of Chicago-AL (20) and Toronto (19)…James Paxton leads the team with 12 wins…9 different pitchers have recorded a win as a starter, and 12 pitchers recorded a win as a reliever.
GOOD RUN…the Mariners are 19-14 (.576) since the All-Star Break, the 3rd-best winning percentage in the AL during that time span…trailing only Boston (20-12/.625) and Cleveland (20-13/.606) and ahead of New York-AL (20-15/.571) and Los Angeles-AL (17-13/.567)…since falling a season-high 8 games under .500 (21-29) after losing on May 27 at Boston, Seattle has the 4th-best record in the AL…since May 28, Seattle is 41-32 (.562)…only Boston (43-30/.589), Cleveland (43-30/.589) and Houston (41-31/.569) rank ahead of the Mariners during that time.
SIMPLY SEAGER…with a RBI last night, Kyle Seager became the 10th player in club history to collect at least 500 RBI with the Mariners…he joins Edgar Martinez (1,261), Ken Griffey Jr. (1,216), Jay Buhner (951), Alvin Davis (667), Ichiro Suzuki (633), Raul Ibanez (612), Alex Rodriguez (595), Bret Boone (535) and Dan Wilson (508)…since Seager’s debut on July 7, 2011, he ranks 3rd among Major League 3rd baseman in RBI…during that span, he trails only Adrian Beltre-TEX (548) and Evan Longoria-TB (531).
Today in Mariners History:
· 1984 – Rookie lefthander Mark Langston paced the Mariners to a 4-1 win at Detroit by fanning 11 Tigers in 8.1 innings of work.
· 1988 – Jay Buhner became just the fourth player, and first right-handed batter, to hit a ball into the center field seats at Yankee Stadium. This two-run shot was estimated to have been hit 450 feet.
· 1988 – In the second game of the doubleheader, Mike Moore tossed 16 strikeouts, tying Mark Langston’s record of May 10.
· 1992 – Bret Boone makes his Major League debut at Baltimore, becoming the first three generation player in Major League history. He singles in his first at-bat driving in a run.
· 2001 – Mike Cameron ties a club record and sets a career-high 8 RBI at New York. He tied his career-high with 4 hits, and belted two HR’s in a game for the 5th time. He also belted his 2nd career GSHR.
· 2015 – Mike Montgomery recorded a quality start but the Rangers hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in the 7th to roll to a 7-2 win…Nelson Cruz extended his on-base streak to 30 games with a single in the 6th…3 consecutive home runs in an inning allowed by Mariners for the first time since April 25, 2004 at Texas.