Tonight’s Game Notes – Mariners

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Upcoming Probable Starting Pitchers:

 

Day Date Time (PST) Opponent Mariners Opponent
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 Mariners #3 and #4 hitters in the batting order have combined for 211 RBI this season?…that is the most by an American League team’s #3 and #4 hitters and ranks 3rd-most in the Major Leagues…the Mariners trail Arizona (242) and Washington (227) while ranking ahead of Texas (210) and Colorado (207)… Robinson Canó leads the Mariners with 90 RBI while batting 3rd this season, followed by Nelson Cruz (10) and Taylor Motter (3)…Cruz leads all Mariners with 99 RBI while batting 4th this season, followed by Kyle Seager (6), Danny Valencia (2) and Boog Powell (1).

TONIGHT’S TILT…the Mariners began the final homestand of the regular season with the first of 3 games vs. Texas…will also face Cleveland in a 3-game weekend series…went 3-4 on a recently-completed 7-game road trip to Texas (3-1) and Houston (0-3)…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 8-8 in its last 16 games and 15-15 in its last 30 games…is 33-31 in its last 64 games and have won 53-of-the-last-100…63-60 in last 123…are 13-9-2 in home series, 11-11-2 in road series…are 73-70 in 143 games after opening the season 1-6…are 39-36 at home but 35-40 on the road.

  • Seattle Sluggers – the Mariners trio of Nelson Cruz (110 RBI), Robinson Canó (90 RBI) and Kyle Seager (83 RBI) each have 80+ RBI, making the Mariners one of 2 AL teams – and one of 5 MLB teams – with at least 3 players with at least 80 RBI apiece…they join Cincinnati (4), Washington (4), Colorado (3) and New York-AL (3).
  • Rookie Trio – the Mariners (Ben Gamel, 115 GS, Guillermo Heredia, 98 GS, and Mitch Haniger, 83 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 SeptemberMitch Haniger is batting .382 (26×68) with 12 runs, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 4 home runs, 9 RBI, a .400 on-base percentage and a .647 slugging percentage in 16 games in the month of September…among American League leaders in the month of September, Haniger ranks T3rd in hits and 9th in batting.
  • Four Score – Seattle is 67-22 when scoring 4 runs-or-more, but 7-54 when scoring 3-or-fewer runs.

30-FOR-30Mike Leake is making his 30th start of the season tonight (26 GS with St. Louis and 4 GS with Seattle)…he is the only pitcher to make 30+ starts in each of the past 6 seasons (2012-c)…Madison Bumgarner, Cole Hamels, Ian Kennedy, Jon Lester, Max Scherzer, James Shields and Edinson Volquez join Leake as the only pitchers to make at least 30 starts from 2012-16.

RANGER DANGER…in 120 career games vs. the Rangers, Kyle Seager is batting .316 (145×459) with 85 runs, 36 doubles, 23 home runs, 82 RBI, 45 walks, a .384 on-base percentage, a .545 slugging mark and a .929 OPS…among players with at least 500 career plate appearances against Texas, Seager’s .316 average ranks 9th-best all-time while his .545 slugging mark is 10th-best and his .929 OPS is 12th-best…among active players, Seager ranks T1st in home runs (23) along with Mike Trout while also ranking 2nd in doubles (36) and extra-base hits (59), 3rd in runs (85) and hits (145), T3rd in RBI (82) and T5th in walks (45).

HOME IS WHERE THE HITS AREJean Segura is batting .319 (73×229) with 36 runs, 13 doubles, 1 triple, 7 home runs, 26 RBI, 17 walks, a .371 on-base percentage and a .476 slugging mark (.847 OPS) in 56 games at Safeco Field this season…his .319 home average is the 4th-best home average by an American Leaguer this season, trailing only Houston’s Josh Reddick (.346/73×211), Chicago-AL’s Avisail Garcia (.338/75×222) and Minnesota’s Eddie Rosario (.335/89×266)…Segura has hit safely in 20-his-last-22 games at Safeco Field (7/24-c), batting .344 (31×90) with 15 runs, 8 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs, 8 RBI, 7 walks, a .398 OBP and a .556 sluggin mark (.954 OPS) during that span.

WE MESS WITH TEXAS…the Mariners are 11-5 (.688) vs. the Rangers this season with 3 games remaining in the season series…the Mariners have won the season series vs. the Rangers for the 2nd time in the last 3 seasons (also: 2015, 12-7/.632)…Seattle’s 11 wins against Texas this season are T4th-most by the Mariners vs. the Rangers in a single season (also: 2007, 11-8/.579), trailing only the Mariners clubs of 2001 (15-5/.750), 2002 (13-7/.650) and 2015 (12-7/.632).

8 x 10Ben Gamel hit his 10th home run of the season Sunday at Houston, becoming the 8th player with at least 10 home runs with the Mariners this season…he joins Nelson Cruz (33 HR), Kyle Seager (25), Mike Zunino (23), Robinson Canó (21), Danny Valencia (14), Mitch Haniger (13) and Jean Segura (11)…marks the 7th time in club history to have at least 8 players with 10 home runs each and the first time since the Mariners equaled the club record with 9 players with 10-or-more homers apiece last season.

LEFT IS RIGHT…since 2012, Kyle Seager leads all left-handed batters in home runs vs. left-handed pitchers with 52…during that span, he ranks ahead of Chris Davis (51), Jay Bruce (45), Anthony Rizzo (43), David Ortiz (40), Joey Votto (40) and teammate Robinson Canó (39)…since 2012, Nelson Cruz leads all players in home runs off lefties with 58, ranking ahead of Mark Trumbo (57), Giancarlo Stanton (56), Todd Frazier (54), Josh Donaldson (52) and Seager (52).

FAVORABLE MATCH-UP…among players with at least 15 career at-bats vs. Rangers starter Martin Perez, Guillermo Heredia ranks T3rd (also: Justin Smoak) with a .438 (7×16) average while Kyle Seager ranks 6th with a .390 (16×41) mark and Nelson Cruz is 7th with a .368 (7×12) average…Seager leads all players with 4 home runs off of Perez while Cruz ranks 2nd with 3 home runs… Guillermo Heredia (.438/ 7×16) and Danny Valencia (.320/ 8×25) have also had success vs. the Rangers lefty.

SOLVING SOUTHPAWSGuillermo Heredia is batting .320 (39×122) with 7 doubles, 3 home runs, 13 RBI and 8 walks vs. left-handed pitchers this season, including batting .372 (16×43) with 6 doubles, 1 home run, 7 RBI and 2 walks vs. lefties dating back to July 23…his .320 average this season vs. left-handed opponents is the 11th-highest in the American League this season.

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 .280 (44×157) with 22 runs, 12 doubles, 11 home runs, 23 RBI, 21 walks, a .379 on-base percentage, a .567 slugging percentage and a .946 OPS in 51 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), T4th in runs (22) and hits (42), 5th in RBI (23) and OBP (.385) and 8th in batting (.288).

 

Today in Mariners History (September 19):                      

  • 1982 – With Edwin Nunez, 19, pitching, and Orlando Mercado, 20, behind the plate, the Mariners fielded the youngest battery in the club’s history. Mercado’s first Major League hit, a grand slam, powered Nunez to his first ML victory in a 9-7 win vs. Texas.
  • 1984 – Alvin Davis collected his American League rookie-record 13th game-winning RBI, as the Mariners defeated the Cleveland Indians, 4-3, completing their first-ever three game sweep of the Tribe.
  • 1988 – Named the AL Player of the Week for Sept. 12-18, Mike Moore was 2-0 in two starts with an ERA of .50. He recorded two complete games (a 2-hitter and a 5-hitter), a shutout, with 14 strikeouts and a walk.
  • 1995 – Doug Strange stung his former team with a game-tying, pinch-hit, two run HR in the ninth inning. Griffey’s single in the 11th scored Strange with the game winner, 5-4 vs. Texas.
  • 1997 – Jay Buhner hits 37th HR and 250th career.  Ken Griffey Jr. sets new mark in AL for an African-American with his 53rd HR on the season.
  • 2001 – Jamie Moyer sets a career-high with his 18th victory of the season in a 5-0 win vs. Anaheim.
  • 2001 – With the 5-0 victory, Seattle clinches its third AL West Championship. The Mariners post-game celebration of a short prayer and a parade in front of the fans with the American Flag is deemed the mix of respect and celebration in the post 9/11 climate.
  • 2011 – Alex Liddi hit his first career home run, the first homer by an Italian born Major Leaguer since 1961, in a Mariners 12-6 win over the Indians in a rain-shortened 7-inning game. Mike Carp went 2-for-4 with a double, grand slam and 5 RBI.
  • 2014 – The Mariners pulled to within ½ game of the 2nd AL Wild Card with a 10-5 drubbing of Houston. Dustin Ackley recorded his second career multi-HR game and Kyle Seager and Mike Zunino each hit 3-run homers in the win.

 

Tomorrow in Mariners History (September 20):

  • 1986 – Mike Trujillo, in his second start, threw the second one-hitter in Mariners history, topping Kansas City, 3-0. Trujillo allowed only a first inning single to Jamie Quirk, and retired 25 of the final 27 batters.
  • 1988 – Seattle topped the Kansas City Royals, 11-10, in a game in which the Mariners used a club-record eight pitchers. Seattle and KC combined for 31 hits, 19 LOBs, 7 errors, 4 home runs, 3 balks, 12 pitchers, 2 wild pitches and one passed ball.
  • 1995 – Andy Benes completes the three game sweep vs. Texas 11-2. Benes’ sixth win as a Mariner after being acquired at the July 31 trade deadline.
  • 1996 – The Mariners set a new club mark with their tenth straight win, 9-2 vs. Oakland. Seattle hit five HRs in the game including back-to-back-to-back homers by Alex Rodriguez, Ken Griffey Jr. and Edgar Martinez.
  • 2000 – Team completes first ever-perfect road trip; going 6-0 against Baltimore & TB…wins season-high 8th game.   Kazuhiro Sasaki gets his 34th save, setting a new team record.
  • 2011 – Mike Carp ties a club rookie record going 5-for-5 and Alex Liddi hit his 2nd career home run (game-tying 2-run HR) to lead Seattle to a 5-4 win at Minnesota. Brandon League recorded his 35th save, escaping a self-induced bases loaded, no-out jam.
  • 2015 – Felix Hernandez picked up his 18th win of the season and Robinson Canó and Franklin Gutierrez each homered as the Mariners took the series at Texas with a 9-2 win…Canó belted a 3-run home run in the 5th after an intentional walk to Nelson Cruz, his 17th of the season…Gutierrez went back-to-back with Canó, hitting home run number 15 of the season…Kyle Seager collected 3 hits, finishing the series going 6-for-13 (.462) and improving his career average at Globe Life Park to .353 (60×170).

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