Upcoming Probable Starting Pitchers:
|Sunday||Sept. 17||11:10 a.m.||at HOU||Andrew Moore (RHP)||Justin Verlander (RHP)|
|Monday||Sept. 18||OFF DAY|
|Tuesday||Sept. 19||7:10 p.m.||vs. TEX||Mike Leake (RHP)||Martin Perez (LHP)|
|Wednesday||Sept. 20||7:10 p.m.||vs. TEX||Felix Hernandez (RHP)||Andrew Cashner (RHP)|
|Thursday||Sept. 21||7:10 p.m.||vs. TEX||James Paxton (LHP)||Cole Hamels (LHP)|
Tonight’s Game Notes
DID YOU KNOW?…that Nelson Cruz (33 HR, 110 RBI) is the 10th designated hitter (primary position) in Major League history to collect at least 30 home runs and 110 RBI in a season?…Cruz’s 2017 season marks the 15th such season by a DH in MLB history and the first since Los Angeles-AL’s Albert Pujols and Boston’s David Ortiz each did so last season…Cruz joins Edgar Martinez (2000), Travis Hafner-CLE (2006), John Jaha-OAK (1999), Dave Kingman-OAK (1984), Ortiz (2004-07, 2016), Rafael Palmeiro-TEX (1999), Pujols-LAA (2016), Frank Thomas-CWS (2000)/OAK (2006) and Andre Thornton-CLE (1982) as the only designated hitters to reach those criteria in a season.
TODAY’S TILT…the Mariners conclude the penultimate road trip of the season – a 7-day, 7-game, 2-city trip – with the finale (0-2) of 3 games at the Astros…began the trip by going 3-1 at the Rangers…following today’s game, will return to Safeco Field for the final homestand of the regular season, beginning Tuesday with 3 games vs. Texas followed by a 3-game weekend series vs. Cleveland…today’s game will be televised live in HD on ROOT SPORTS NW and broadcast live on 770 AM, 94.5 FM and the Mariners Radio Network.
ODDS AND ENDS…Seattle is 8-7 in its last 15 games and 15-14 in its last 29 games…is 33-29 in its last 62 games and have won 53-of-the-last-99…63-59 in the last 122…are 13-9-2 in home series, 11-11-2 in road series…are 73-69 in 142 games after opening the season 1-6…are 38-36 at home but 35-39 on the road.
- Making Juice – since the Astros joined the American League West Division in 2013, the Mariners are averaging 4.79 runs-per-game (230 R, 48 G) at Minute Maid Park…among teams with at least 10 games played at MMP during that span, Seattle ranks 3rd-best in runs/game, trailing Boston (5.13/ 77 R, 15 G) and Tampa Bay (5.11/ 92 R, 18 G).
- Seattle Sluggers – the Mariners trio of Nelson Cruz (110 RBI), Robinson Canó (90 RBI) and Kyle Seager (83 RBI) each have 80+ RBI, making Seattle one of 2 AL teams – and one of 5 MLB teams – with at least 3 players with at least 80 RBI apiece…they join Washington (4), Cincinnati (3), Colorado (3) and New York-AL (3).
- Goodbye Baseball – Kyle Seager has homered in 6-of-his-last-12 games (9/4-c)…his 6 home runs during that span are T3rd-most in the Majors, 2nd-most in the American League…only J.D. Martinez-ARI (9) and Matt Olson-OAK (8) have hit more home runs during that span, while Seager is tied with Rhys Hoskins-PHI (6).
- Rookie Trio – the Mariners (Ben Gamel, 114 GS, Guillermo Heredia, 97 GS, and Mitch Haniger, 82 GS) are one 3 teams in Major League history since 1913 to have 3 rookies make 80+ starts in the outfield…they join the 1969 Kansas City Royals (Lou Piniella, 125 GS, Pat Kelly, 106 GS, and Bob Oliver, 89 GS) and the 1954 Philadelphia Athletics (Bill Renna, 113 GS, Vic Power, 97 GS, and Bill Wilson, 91 GS)…STATS LLC.
- Strong September – Mitch Haniger is batting .391 (25×64) with 12 runs, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 4 home runs, 9 RBI, a .409 on-base percentage and a .672 slugging percentage in 15 games in the month of September…among American League leaders in the month of September, Haniger ranks 3rd in hits and 8th in batting.
- Four Score – Seattle is 67-22 when scoring 4 runs-or-more, but 7-53 when scoring 3-or-fewer runs.
MOORE IS MORE…in 9 appearances this season, Andrew Moore has recorded 5 outings (4 starts, 1 relief appearance) of at least 6.0 innings pitched and 3-or-fewer runs allowed…despite not making his Major League debut until June 22, Moore’s 5 such outings rank T7th among American League rookie pitchers…he is tied with Oakland’s Paul Blackburn and Kansas City’s Jake Junis while trailing Los Angeles-AL’s Parker Bridwell (10), Tampa Bay’s Jake Faria (9), New York-AL’s Jordon Montgomery (8), Oakland’s Daniel Gossett (7), Oakland’s Jharel Cotton (6) and Los Angeles-AL’s Alex Myer (6)…STATS LCC.
ROOKIE DUO…Ben Gamel (.278/128×461) and Mitch Haniger (.277/87×314) are each batting at least .270 this season…they are the 8th and 9th players in club history to bat .270 or better in their rookie season (min. 340 PA)…Gamel and Haniger are just the 2nd duo of rookies in club history to bat at least .270, joining Alvin Davis (.284/161×567) and Phil Bradley (.301/97×322) in 1984.
THEY CAN RUN IT DOWN…Statcast has introduced a new metric for outfield defense: Outs Above Average (OAA)…it rates outfielders’ defense using a plus-minus system based on catch probability of every ball hit to them (plus for plays made and minus for plays that were not made)…Guillermo Heredia ranks T9th among Major League outfielders with an OAA of 8 (also: Billy Hamilton-CIN and Odubel Herrera-PHI)…Minnesota’s Byron Buxton leads MLB with 23 OAA…as a team, the Mariners rank T4th in the Major Leagues with an OAA of 15 (also: Cincinnati), trailing only Minnesota (29), Tampa Bay (19) and Boston (19).
ON A ROLL…Mike Zunino is one of 11 players in MLB batting at least .280 with at least 22 home runs since May 29…he joins Nolan Arenado-COL, Charlie Blackmon-COL, Paul Goldschmidt-ARI, Manny Machado-BAL, J.D. Martinez-ARI, Mike Moustakas-KC, Gary Sanchez-NYY, Jonathan Schoop-BAL, Justin Upton-DET/LAA and Joey Votto-CIN as the only players to meet those criteria during that span…Zunino is batting .284 (76×268) with 38 runs, 18 doubles, 22 home runs, 56 RBI, 29 walks, a .365 on-base percentage, a .597 slugging percentage and a .962 OPS in 85 games since May 29, raising his average from .148 to .250.
STAY HOT…the Mariners are 31-28 (.525) since the All-Star Break, the 6th-best winning percentage in the AL during that span, trailing Cleveland (.726/45-17), New York (.597/37-25), Boston (.593/35-24), Los Angeles (.554/31`-25) and Minnesota (.533/32-28)…the Mariners are 15-3 (.833) in 1-run games since the Break.
CATCHING ON…Mike Zunino ranks among the top American League catchers (primary position) in several offensive categories since the All-Star Break…he is batting .286 (44×154) with 22 runs, 12 doubles, 11 home runs, 23 RBI, 21 walks, a .385 on-base percentage, a .578 slugging percentage and a .963 OPS in 50 games since the Break…Zunino’s 11 home runs are 3rd-most among AL catchers during that span while he also ranks 2nd in doubles (12) and extra-base hits (23), T2nd in walks (21), 3rd in slugging (.578) and OPS (.963), T3rd in runs (22), T4th in hits (42), 5th in RBI (23) and OBP (.385) and 8th in batting (.288).
EXCLUSIVE COMPANY…Robinson Canó is one home run shy of reaching 300 home runs for his career…when Canó reaches the 300-home run plateau, he will become the 16th player in Major League history to record a career batting average of .300 or better while collecting at least 1,000 runs, 2,000 hits, 500 doubles, 300 home runs and 1,000 RBI…he would join Edgar Martinez, Hank Aaron, George Brett, Miguel Cabrera, Lou Gehrig, Todd Helton, Rogers Hornsby, Chipper Jones, Willie Mays, Stan Musial, Albert Pujols, Manny Ramirez, Babe Ruth, Al Simmons and Ted Williams.
Today in Mariners History (September 17):
- 1984 – Darnell Coles drove home the Mariners’ Jack Perconte with one out in the 11th inning to give the Mariners a 3-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians.
- 1985 – Matt Young threw his 2nd consecutive shutout of the year, as the Mariners blanked the Kansas City Royals, 7-0, at Kansas City. Phil Bradley collected the game-winner in the 1st inning with his 20th home run of the season.
- 1997– Ken Griffey Jr. collects his 140th RBI, setting career and team records, with a 1st inning double. Edgar Martinez notches 3rd consecutive 100 RBI, 100 R, & 100 BB season.
- 1999 – David Bell ends game, 4-3, vs. Minnesota with a solo HR in the 9th inning.
- 2000 – Kazuhiro Sasaki ties club mark with his 33rd save.
- 2008 – Ichiro records 200th hit of the season at Kansas City, marking 8th consecutive 200-hit season (ties record set by Willie Keeler).
- 2009 – Ichiro Suzuki recorded his 2nd-career walk-off base hit (previous: 7/28/09 vs. TOR) while the Mariners recorded their 12th walk-off win of the season, tying the club record set in 1986.
- 2014 – James Paxton did not allow an extra-base hit in his 5th consecutive start to tie a Mariners club record, but Seattle lost 5-0 in a key game in the playoff push. The Angels scored all 5 of their runs in the 7th inning.
Tomorrow in Mariners History (September 18):
- 1985 – The Mariners recorded back-to-back shutouts for only the second time in the clubs nine year history, defeating the Kansas City Royals for the 7th consecutive time, 6-0, at Kansas City. Bill Swift, Roy Thomas and Edwin Nunez combined for the three-hit effort, while Dave Henderson drove in 3 runs with a 3-for-4 effort.
- 1992 – The Mariners unveil a new logo (the nautical compass rose) and new colors (Northwest green, silver and navy) and announce that new uniforms will be worn during the 1993 season.
- 2001 – Seattle returns to the field for the first time since the Sept. 11 tragedy, beating Anaheim at home, 4-0.
- 2009 – Ichiro hits a 2-out, 2-run walk-off home run off Mariano Rivera to give the Mariners a 2-1 win… Seattle snapped a streak of 27 consecutive saves against them by Mariano Rivera…Rivera had not blown a save against the Mariners since August 23, 1997… It was Ichiro’s 3rd walk-off hit of the season (last: 9/17 vs. CWS) and the 1st walk-off home run of his career…it was the 3rd walk-off home run by the Mariners this season (Ryan Langerhans (8/7 vs. TB; 8/25 vs. OAK).
- 2012 – The Mariners played the longest game in Safeco Field history (by time) losing 4-2 to the Orioles in 18 innings in a time of 5:44.
- 2013 – Hisashi Iwakuma threw 8.0 scoreless innings in the Mariners 8-0 win at Detroit. Iwakuma extended his road scoreless innings streak to 25.0 innings, tying the club record held by Brian Holman (1989) and Randy Johnson (1994).
- 2014 – The Mariners defeated the Angels 3-1 to earn a split in a four-game series in Anaheim. Fernando Rodney recorded his 46th save of the season, setting a single-season club record. Felix Hernandez allowed 3 hits in 7.0 scoreless innings while recording 11 strikeouts. Tied 0-0 in the 9th inning, Logan Morrison delivered a 2-out, 3-run home run for the game-winner.
- 2015 – Danny Farquhar picked up the win in relief, his first win since Sept. 8, 2014, as the Mariners won 3-1 in Texas…Mariners bullpen tossed 4.2 scoreless (and hitless) innings, extending its streak to 21.1 scoreless innings spanning 6 games.