2017 Seattle Mariners Season Review

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THE RECORD…completed the 2017 season 78-84 (.481), finishing in a tied for 3rd place in the American League West along with Texas (23.0 games behind division winner Houston)…finished 7.0 games back of the American League Wild Card…went 40-41 (.494) at home and 38-43 (.469) on the road…were 43-47 (.478) prior to the All-Star break and 35-37 (.486) following the break…posted a 25-23-4 record in series, including 8 sweeps…went 10-7 in rubber games to decide the outcome of a 3-game series…were 56-53 (.514) in night games and 22-31 (.415) during the day…when scoring first went 49-32 (.605)…were 62-5 (.925) when leading after 7 innings and 63-3 (.955) when leading after 8 innings…recorded 37 come-from-behind wins and suffered a loss in 43 games after holding a lead…season high winning streak was 6 games, June 18-23…had a season-high 6-game losing streak, September 15-21.

 

AWARD SEASON…the following Mariners earned awards during the 2017 season (postseason awards will be announced in the coming months):

  • Seattle BBWAA Pitcher of the Year – James Paxton
  • Seattle BBWAA Player of the Year – Nelson Cruz
  • Seattle BBWAA Unsung Hero – Nick Vincent
  • American League All-Star – Nelson Cruz, Robinson Canó
  • All-Star Game Ted Williams Most Valuable Player – Robinson Canó
  • AL Player of the Week – James Paxton (April 10-16)
  • AL Co-Player of the Week – James Paxton (July 24-30)
  • AL Pitcher of the Month – James Paxton (July)
  • AL Reliever of the Month – Edwin Díaz (July)
  • Heart and Hustle Award (nominee) – Nelson Cruz
  • Hank Aaron Award (nominee) – Nelson Cruz
  • Roberto Clemente Award (nominee) – Robinson Canó
  • Marvin Miller Man of the Year (finalist) – Nelson Cruz

ROLLERCOASTER SEASON…Seattle began the season 1-6 in the first 7 games of the season…Seattle was 16-11 (.593) from April 10 – May 10 to reach .500 for the first time in 2017 at 17-17…went 4-12 (.250) from May 11-27…bounced back to win 10-of-the-next-12 games (5/28-6/9) to reach .500 for the 3rd time in 2017 (31-31)…with 8 wins in their next 14 games (6/10-23), reached 2 games over .500 for the first time in 2017 at 39-37…went 4-10 (.286) from June 24 – July 9 to enter the All-Star Break with a record of 43-47 (.478)…began the 2nd half by going 16-9 (.640) from July 14 – August 9 to reach 3 games over .500 for the first time in 2017 (59-56)…went 7-7 from August 10-25 to reach 3 games over .500 for the 2nd and final time in 2017 (66-63)…went 12-21 (.364) over the final 33 games of the season (8/26-10/1).

 

STREAKY…the Mariners had 8 winning streaks of at least 4 games this season, led by a season-high 6-game winning streak as well as two 5-game winning streak…Seattle also had 7 losing streaks of 4-or-more games, including a season-high 6-game losing streak and three 5-game losing streaks…in sum, 69-of-the-club’s-162 games (42.6%) came during a winning streak or a losing streak of 4+ games.

 

SERIES STUFF…the Mariners went 25-23-4 in series this season, including 8 sweeps and 9 times being swept…in 26 series at Safeco Field, Seattle went 13-11-2, claiming 4 sweeps while being swept 5 times…in 26 series on the road, the Mariners went 12-12-2 with 4 sweeps and 4 times being swept…Seattle won 4 of their first 5 home series, April 14 – May 17…the Mariners went 5-8-1 in their last 14 home series, June 23 – September 24…the Mariners did not lose 8 consecutive road series, June 30 – August 23, claiming 7 series wins and 1 split…Seattle lost 7 of their first 9 road series, April 3 – May 28.

 

CALLING FOR REINFORCEMENTS…the Mariners used 61 players this season, most in club history (previous: 54, 2016), most in the Majors this season (Toronto, 60) and 2nd-most in Major League history since 1901 (Texas, 64, 2014)…40 different pitchers made at least 1 appearance for Seattle this season, including 2 position players (Mike Freeman, 5/20 vs. CWS, and Carlos Ruiz, 6/13 at MIN)…40 pitchers is a Mariners club record (previous: 32, 2016), most in the Majors this season (Minnesota, 36) and tied with the 2014 Texas Rangers for the most in MLB history since 1901.

 

FOR STARTERS…the Mariners used 17 different starting pitchers in 2017, most in the Majors this season (Cincinnati, 16 and Minnesota, 16) and tied with the inaugural Mariners club of 1977 for the most in club history…here is a chronological (first start) list of Mariners starters this season: Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, James Paxton, Ariel Miranda, Yovani Gallardo, Chase De Jong, Dillon Overton, Christian Bergman, Ryan Weber, Sam Gaviglio, Chris Heston, Rob Whalen, Andrew Moore, Erasmo Ramirez, Marco Gonzales, Andrew Albers and Mike Leake.

 

M*A*S*H*…the Mariners placed 16 different players on the disabled list (22 total DL stints, resulting in 1,121 games missed)…16 different players on the DL is tied for 2nd-most in club history (also: 2000, 2005 and 2009)…the single-season club record for players on the DL is 19 (20 total DL stints) set in 2016…this season, six Mariners made two trips to the DL (Jean Segura, Mitch Haniger, Felix Hernandez, David Phelps, James Paxton and Tony Zych)…four of the five members of the Mariners projected Opening Day rotation (Hernandez, Iwakuma, Paxton, Drew Smyly) spent time on the DL, combining to miss 438 games…the Mariners placed at least 1 player on the DL in each of the 6 months of the season.

 

TRANSACTIONS IN BULK…after setting their Opening Day roster, the Mariners made 219 transactions involving the 40-man roster this season in 182 days…Seattle averaged one transaction every 19 hours and 56 minutes…excluding the All-Star Break and the span of September 15 – end of the season, the longest stretch this season without a roster moves was April 15-20, a span of 6 days.

 

FOUR SCORE…the Mariners went 70-26 (.729) when scoring 4-or-more runs…their .729 winning percentage when plating at least 4 runs ranked 14th-best in the Major Leagues and 8th-best in the American League…when scoring 3-or-fewer runs, Seattle was 8-58 (.121)…their .121 winning percentage when held to 3-or-fewer runs was 4th-worst in the Majors ahead of Detroit (.072/5-64), New York-NL (.098/6-55) and Miami (.119/8-59).

 

WINNING CLOSE…the Mariners led the Major Leagues in winning percentage in one-run games, posting a .634 (26-15) mark, ahead of Kansas City (.610/25-16), Chicago-NL (.605/26-17), Colorado (.600/21-14) and Houston (.594/19-13)…Seattle’s 26 wins in one-run games ranked T4th-most in the Majors and T2nd-most in the American League, tied with Chicago-NL and Toronto while trailing Washington (30), Arizona (29) and Los Angeles-AL (27)…dating back to the start of 2016, the Mariners have played 101 one-run games, 3rd-most in the Majors, trailing Philadelphia (108) and San Francisco (102).

 

GET IN THERE, ROOK…22 different rookies saw action for the Mariners, T2nd-most in the Majors in 2017 (also: San Diego), trailing only Cincinnati (24)…22 rookies are 2nd-most in club history (2006, 23)…here is a list of rookies to appear in at least 1 game with Seattle this season: Dan Altavilla, Chase De Jong, Mike Freeman, Ben Gamel, Sam Gaviglio, Marco Gonzales, Mitch Haniger, Jacob Hannemann, Guillermo Heredia, Casey Lawrence, Mike Marjama, Andrew Moore, Dillon Overton, Emilio Pagan, James Pazos, Max Povse, Boog Powell, Tyler Smith, Thyago Vieira, Daniel Vogelbach, Robert Whalen and Tony Zych.

 

PITCHING IN…23 different pitchers recorded a win for the Mariners, 2nd-most in the Majors in 2017 (Chicago-AL, 25) and most in club history (previous: 21, 2016)…James Paxton led the club with 12 wins…11 different pitchers recorded a win as a starter while 14 different relievers earned a win…Andrew Albers and Yovani Gallardo were the only pitchers to earn a win out of the bullpen and in a starting role…here is a list of pitchers to record a win for Seattle this season: Albers, Dan Altavilla, Christian Bergman, Steve Cishek, Tyler Cloyd, Edwin Díaz, Gallardo, Sam Gaviglio, Marco Gonzales, Felix Hernandez, Casey Lawrence, Mike Leake, Jean Machi, Ariel Miranda, Andrew Moore, Emilio Pagan, Paxton, James Pazos, David Phelps, Erasmo Ramirez, Marc Rzepczynski, Nick Vincent and Tony Zych.

 

HERE TODAY…of the 61 players who appeared in a game with the Mariners, 15 were not in the organization when the club opened Spring Training camp: Andrew Albers, Yonder Alonso, Gordon Beckham, Tyler Cloyd, Chase De Jong, Danny Espinosa, Ryan Garton, Marco Gonzales, Jacob Hannemann, Casey Lawrence, Mike Leake, Mike Marjama, Evan Marshall, David Phelps and Erasmo Ramirez…13 of the 61 players were no longer in the Mariners organization at the end of the regular season: Steve Cishek, Zac Curtis, Danny Espinosa, Casey Fien, Mike Freeman, Sam Gaviglio, Chris Heston, Jean Machi, Leonys Martin, Dillon Overton, Boog Powell, Evan Scribner and Tyler Smith.

 

WELCOME TO THE SHOW…10 players made their Major League debuts with Seattle during the 2017 season: Chase De Jong (April 5 at HOU), Boog Powell (April 29 at CLE), Emilio Pagan (May 3 vs. LAA), Sam Gaviglio (May 11 at TOR), Tyler Smith (June 2 vs. TB), Andrew Moore (June 22 vs. DET), Max Povse (June 22 vs. DET), Thyago Vieira (Aug. 14 vs. BAL), Mike Marjama (Sept. 3 vs. OAK) and Jacob Hannemann (Sept. 9 vs. LAA)…a total of 22 rookies saw action on the field this season, 2nd-most in club history (2006, 23).

 

THE HURLERS…Seattle’s pitching staff posted a 4.46 ERA (713 ER, 1440.1 IP) with 1,244 strikeouts during the 162-game season…the starters were 47-53 with a 4.70 ERA (455 ER, 970.2 IP) with 697 strikeouts, while the relievers were 31-31 with a 4.08 ERA (258 ER, 569.2 IP) with 547 strikeouts.

 

THE FIELDING…Seattle finished 11th in the American League/23rd in the Major Leagues in fielding percentage (.982), making 103 errors in 5,846 total chances…the 103 errors are the most by Seattle since 2011 when the Mariners committed 108 errors…Guillermo Heredia led the club with a .993 fielding percentage (2 E, 278 TC), followed by Mike Zunino (.993/7 E, 957 TC), Danny Valencia (.989/11 E, 990 TC).

 

LEADER IN THE CLUBHOUSENelson Cruz led the American League in RBI with 119…at the age of 36, Cruz is tied with Kansas City’s Hal McRae, who led the AL with 133 RBI in 1982, as the 2nd-oldest player to lead the AL outright in RBI…only Edgar Martinez, who was 37 when he collected a league-leading 145 RBI in 2000, has been older when leading the Junior Circuit in RBI (David Ortiz-BOS was 40 in 2016 when he shared the AL lead with Edwin Encarnacion-TOR with 127 RBI)…Cruz is the 4th Mariner to lead the AL in RBI, joining Ken Griffey Jr. (147 RBI, 1997), Martinez (145 RBI, 2000) and Bret Boone (141 RBI, 2001)…Cruz is the 6th Mariner (done 13x) to lead the American League in a Triple Crown category, joing Alex Rodriguez (batting), Boone (RBI), Martinez (batting, RBI), Ichiro Suzuki (batting) and Griffey Jr. (home runs, RBI); he is the first to do so since Ichiro led the AL in batting with a .372 mark in 2004.

 

ROOKIE TRIO…the Mariners (Ben Gamel, 127 GS, Guillermo Heredia, 104 GS, and Mitch Haniger, 95 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).

 

WHAT A RELIEF…34 different relievers combined for a record of 31-31 with 39 saves and a 4.08 ERA (258 ER, 569.2 IP)…Mariners relievers recorded 547 strikeouts and 211 walks while limiting opponents to a .244 (525×2152) average against…their 569.2 innings pitched are 2nd-most by a relief corps in club history, trailing only the inagural club of 1977, which combined for 599.1 innings out of the bullpen.

 

ROAD WARRIORS…from May 28 through the end of the season, the Mariners went 30-23 (.566) on the road, which was the 7th-best road winning percentage in the Majors during that span (ranked 4th-best in the American League)…among Major League leaders in road winning percentage during that span (5/28-10/1) trailed only Cleveland (.673/37-18), Houston (.633/38-22), Washington (.632/36-21), Los Angeles-NL (.627/37-22), Boston (.593/35-24) and Chicago-NL (.569/33-25).

 

HEART OF THE ORDER…Mariners #3 and #4 hitters combined for 227 RBI this season, tops in the American League and 3rd-most in the Major Leagues…among all teams’ #3 and #4 hitters combined, Seattle trailed only Arizona (270) and Washington (245)…Robinson Canó led Mariners #3 hitters with 97 RBI, followed by Nelson Cruz (10) and Taylor Motter (3)…Cruz paced all Mariners with 108 RBI while batting cleanup, ahead of Kyle Seager (6), Danny Valencia (2) and Boog Powell (1).

 

GOODBYE BASEBALL…the Mariners hit 200 home runs this season, 6th-most in single-season club history…marks the 6th time in franchise history that a club has clubbed at least 200 home runs…Seattle’s 200 home runs ranked 17th in the Major Leagues this season.

 

THE ROOKIES…several rookies played important roles for the Mariners this season:

  • Three players collected their first Major League hit as a Mariner this season: Boog Powell (5/16 vs. OAK), Tyler Smith (6/2 vs. TB) and Jacob Hannemann (9/16 at HOU).
  • Among Major League rookie leaders this season, Gamel ranked 2nd in doubles (27), 4th in batting (.275), T5th in hits (140), 6th in runs (68) and 7th in on-base percentage (.322).
  • Among Mariners rookie single-season leaders, Gamel ranked 4th in batting (.275), 5th in runs (68), hits (140) and doubles (27) and 7th in on-base percentage (.322).
  • Gamel made 127 outfield starts, 4th-most by a rookie in club history.
  • Among Major League rookies with at least 400 plate appearances this season, Haniger ranked 3rd in on-base percentage (.352), 4th in OPS (.843) and 5th in batting (.282) and slugging (.491)…among all American League rookies, was 5th in doubles (25), T5th in extra-base hits (43), 6th in runs (58) and hits (104), 7th in RBI (47) and 8th in home runs (16).
  • Haniger recorded a 13-game hitting streak, April 6-19, batting .380 (19x50) with 13 runs, 4 doubles, 4 home runs and 15 RBI…his 13-game hitting streak is tied for the 6th-longest hitting streak by a rookie in club history (also: Ichiro Suzuki, 9/21 – 10/7/01).
  • Haniger made 95 starts in the outfield, 8th-most in club history by a rookie.
  • Heredia made 104 outfield starts, 6th-most in club history by a rookie.
  • Lawrence set the Mariners single-game club record for strikeouts in relief, striking out 9 in 5.0 innings of work on June 1 vs. Colorado (previous: 8, 8x, last: Julio Mateo, 8/1/03 vs. CWS).
  • Moore recorded 5 games (4 starts, 1 relief appearance) of 6.0+ innings pitched and 3-or-fewer earned runs allowed.
  • Moore earned the win in his Major League debut, June 22 vs. Detroit…he allowed 3 runs over 7.0 innings pitched, becoming the 4th Mariner to earn the win his MLB debut after working 7.0+ innings while allowing 3-or-fewer earned runs (last: Blake Beavan, 7/3/11 vs. SD).
  • Pagan’s 7.00 strikeout-to-walk ratio (56 K, 8 BB) was 2nd among all rookie relievers this season and tops among Mariners rookie relievers in club history, ahead of Edwin Diaz in 2016 (5.87/88 K, 15 BB).
  • Pagan recorded 5 outings of at least 2.0 scoreless innings pitched in relief with at least 4 strikeouts…despite not making his Major League debut until May 3, this total ranked 2nd in the Majors (Chad Green-NYY, 8).
  • Pazos’ 65 strikeouts ranked 5th among all rookie relievers and 2nd among American League rookie relievers.
  • Pazos limited opposing lefties to a .269 slugging percentage against, 6th-best among left-handed relievers in the Majors (min. 80 left-handed batters faced).
  • Zych led Mariners relievers with 6 wins.
  • Zych’s 12 holds ranked T4th among all rookies and T1st among American League rookies…his 12 holds rank T6th-most in single-season club history by a rookie (also: Lucas Luetge, 2012).
  • Zych did not allow a run in 35-of-his-45 outings…allowed 1 run in 9 games…allowed more than 1 run one just one occasion (3 R, 8/12 vs. LAA).

YOUTH IS SERVED…of the Mariners 6,166 plate appearances as a club this season, nearly one-third (31.4%) were taken by players age-26 or younger…Ben Gamel (550 PA), Mike Zunino (435 PA), Guillermo Heredia (426 PA), Mitch Haniger (410 PA), Boog Powell (43 PA), Daniel Vogelbach (31 PA), Jacob Hannemann (20 PA), Tyler Smith (19 PA), Marco Gonzales (2 PA), Emilio Pagan (2 PA) and Edwin Díaz (1 PA) combined for 1,939 of the Mariners 6,166 total plate appearances…last season, Mariners age-26 or younger combined for just 14.5 percent (906×6227) of the club’s plate appearances…Mariners pitchers age-26 or younger totaled 29.8 percent (429.2×1440.1) of the club’s cumulative innings this season…Edwin Díaz (66.0 IP), Andrew Moore (59.0 IP), James Pazos (53.2 IP), Emilio Pagan (50.1 IP), Dan Altavilla (46.2 IP), Tony Zych (40.2 IP), Marco Gonzales (36.2 IP), Chase De Jong (28.1 IP), Dillon Overton (18.1 IP), Shae Simmons (7.2 IP), Rob Whalen (7.1 IP), Zac Curtis (4.2 IP), Max Povse (3.2 IP), Ryan Weber (3.2 IP) and Thyago Vieira (1.0 IP) combined to toss 429.2 innings…in 2016, Mariners pitchers totaled just 23 percent (335.2×1457.0).

 

INTERLEAGUE PLAY…Seattle was 12-8 (.600) during Interleague Play, tied with Arizona and Chicago for the 7th-best Interleague winning percentage this season…trailed only Boston (.800/16-4), Los Angeles-NL (.800/16-4), Houston (.750/15-5), New York-AL (.750/15-5), Texas (.700/14-6) and Minnesota (.650/13-7)…the Mariners hit .286 (197×690) as a team in Interleague Play, 3rd-best in the Majors behind Houston (.307/220×716) and Miami (.287/201×701)…Seattle faced Atlanta (2-1), Colorado (3-1), Miami (2-1), New York-NL (2-1), Philadelphia (2-2) and Washington (1-2) during Interleague Play.

 

WALK IT OFF…the Mariners had eight walk-off wins in 2017: Nelson Cruz (RBI-single, April 16 vs. TEX), Guillermo Heredia (RBI-single, May 18 vs. CWS), Mike Zunino (2-run home run, June 7 vs. Minnesota), Kyle Seager (RBI-double, June 20 vs. Detroit), Cruz (RBI-single, July 22 vs. NYY), Jean Segura (RBI-single, July 25 vs. BOS), Segura scores on wild pitch (Sept. 2 vs. OAK) and Cruz (2-run home run, Sept. 22 vs. CLE)…Cruz equaled the Mariners single-season club record with 3 walk-off hits, joining Bruce Bochte (1980), Tom Paciorek (1981), Todd Cruz (1982), Al Cowens (1984), Jim Presley (1986), Russ Davis (1997), Jose Lopez (2009) and Ichiro Suzuki (2009).

 

GOING YARD…the Mariners had 6 players record at least 15 home runs this season: Nelson Cruz (39), Kyle Seager (27), Mike Zunino (25), Robinson Canó (23), Mitch Haniger (16) and Danny Valencia (15)…marks the 6th single-season in club history that Seattle has had 6-or-more players hit 15+ home runs and the 2nd consecutive season (also: 1997 – 7 players with 15+ home runs, 2016 – 6 players, 1999 – 6 players, 1998 – 6 players and  1996 – 6 players)…Ben Gamel and Jean Segura were the closest to joining this group, each finishing with 11 home runs.

 

MAKE IT A DOUBLE…seven different Mariners collected at least 25 doubles this season: Robinson Canó (33), Kyle Seager (33), Jean Segura (30), Nelson Cruz (28), Ben Gamel (27), Mitch Haniger (25) and Mike Zunino (25)…seven Mariners with 25+ doubles are the most in single-season club history, ahead of the clubs from 2007 (6 players), 2006 (6), 2003 (6), 2001 (6), 1997 (6) and 1996 (6)…the Mariners joined the Astros (8 such players) as the only teams in the Majors this season with at least 7 players with 25+ doubles apiece.

 

GOTTA EARN ITJames Paxton posted a 2.98 ERA (45 ER, 136.0 IP) in 24 starts this season, becoming the 4th pitcher in club history (done 7x) to record an ERA of 3.00 or better (min. 135.0 IP)…he is the first to do so since Felix Hernandez posted a 2.14 ERA (56 ER, 236.0 IP) in 2014 and the first left-hander since Randy Johnson recorded a 2.28 ERA (54 ER, 213.0 IP) in 1997.

 

SKY FULL OF STARSRobinson Canó (1×2, R, HR, RBI) earned his 8th career trip to the Midsummer Classic while Nelson Cruz (0x2) was named to his 5th career All-Star Game…marked the 10th time in club history to have multiple position players selected to the All-Star Game (last: 2014, Canó and Kyle Seager)…Canó’s 8 career All-Star Games were tied for the most among 2017 All-Stars (also: Yadier Molina-STL)…Cruz was appearing in his 4th Midsummer Classic in the last 5 seasons…Canó became the 7th Mariner in club history to make at least 3 All-Star Game appearances with the club, joining Ken Griffey Jr. (10), Ichiro Suzuki (10), Edgar Martinez (7), Felix Hernandez (6), Randy Johnson (5) and Alex Rodriguez (4).

 

STEALING THE SHOW…with a go-ahead home run in the top of the 10th inning, Robinson Canó propelled the American League to a 2-1 win over the National League in the 88th All-Star Game on July 11 in Miami… Canó earned the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award, joining Ken Griffey Jr. (1992 at San Diego) and Ichiro Suzuki (2007 at San Francisco) as the only Mariners to be named MVP of the Midsummer Classic…became the 5th Mariner to homer in the All-Star Game (also: Ken Griffey Jr., 1992 at SD; Edgar Martinez, 1997 at CLE; Alex Rodriguez, 1998 at COL and Ichiro Suzuki, 2007 at SF)…Canó was the first American Leaguer in the history of the All-Star Game to homer in extra innings and just the 4th player to do so from either league.

 

THROWING GAS…four Mariners ranked among the top-12 American League rookie relievers in strikeouts this season…James Pazos ranked 2nd among AL rookie relievers with 65 strikeouts while Emilio Pagan was 7th with 56 strikeouts, Dan Altavilla was 8th with 52 strikeouts and Casey Lawrence was 12th with 45 strikeouts (52 total strikeouts with TOR and SEA)…three Mariners rookie relievers posted at least 10.00 strikeouts-per-9.0-innings: Pazos (10.90/65 K, 53.2 IP), Altavilla (10.03/52 K, 46.2 IP) and Pagan (10.01/56 K, 50.1 IP)…among all rookie relievers this season, Pazos ranked 6th in K/9.0 IP while Altavilla was 10th and Pagan ranked 11th…they each share the same rankings among Mariners rookie relievers in single-season club history…Pazos, Altavilla and Pagan are join 8 other Mariners relievers to post at least 10.00 K/9.0 IP in their rookie seasons.

 

OFF AND RUNNINGJames Paxton became the 10th pitcher in Major League history since 1900 to begin the season with 3 consecutive starts of at least 6.0 scoreless innings…he joined George McQuillan-PHI (1907), Lefty Leifield-PIT (1907), Ray Caldwell-NYY (1914), George Mogridge-NYY (1916), Harry Brecheen-STL (1948), Luis Tiant-CLE (1966), Tommy Greene-PHI (1991), Woody Williams-STL (2003) & Jordan Zimmerman-DET (2016)…Paxton began the season with 6.0 scoreless frames on April 5 at Houston, followed by 7.0 scoreless innings on April 10 vs. Houston and 8.0 scoreless innings on April 15 vs. Texas…Elias Sports Bureau.

 

DUCKS ON THE POND…the Mariners hit .273 (362×1326) with runners in scoring position, the 4th-best average in the American League, trailing Houston (.294/425×1447), Baltimore (.287/336×1169) and Boston (.277/383×1383)…Seattle hit 53 home runs with runners in scoring position, 4th-most in the AL…the Mariners posted a .449 slugging percentage with runners in scoring position, 4th-best in the AL, behind Houston (.481), Baltimore (.477) and New York-AL (.465)…Robinson Canó (51) and Nelson Cruz (50) ranked 1st and 2nd in hits with runners in scoring position among AL leaders.

 

PAXTON NAMED AL PLAYER OF THE WEEKJames Paxton was named American League Player of the Week for April 10-16 after going 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA (0 ER, 15.0 IP) with 17 strikeouts and 3 walks in 2 starts against Houston (April 10) and Texas (April 15)…during the week, Paxton led the Major Leagues in ERA (0.00) and innings (15.0), while tying for the lead in wins (2) and tying for 2nd in strikeouts (17)…it was his first career Player of the Week honor and the first by a Mariners pitcher since Hisashi Iwakuma (Aug. 17, 2015)…the last Mariners left-hander to earn a Player of the Week honor was Randy Johnson (June 9, 1997).

 

PAXTON EARNS 2ND PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORSJames Paxton was selected as the co-American League Player of the Week for the July 24-30…he went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA (0 ER, 13.0 IP) with 18 strikeouts and 0 walks in 2 starts vs. Boston (July 24) and New York-NL (July 30)…among Major League leaders during the week, he ranked T1st in wins (2) and ERA (0.00), T2nd in strikeouts (18) and T8th innings (13.0)…among pitchers with at least 10.0 innings pitched, his 0 walks were tied for the fewest while his 10 hits allowed were tied for 8th-fewest…he was also named AL Player of the Week for April 10-16 earlier this season…Paxton became the first pitcher in club history to earn 2 AL Player of the Week honors in a single season and the first Mariner to do so since Kyle Seager was named AL Player of the Week twice in 2014 (April 27 and June 29)…Paxton shared the weekly honors with Texas’ Adrian Beltre.

 

THE LEFTY FROM LADNERJames Paxton earned American League Pitcher of the Month honors for July…he went 6-0 with a 1.37 ERA (6 ER, 39.1 IP) with 46 strikeouts and 6 walks in 6 starts in the month of July, becoming the first pitcher in club history to earn 6 wins in any single calendar month…among Major League leaders in the month of July, Paxton ranked 1st in wins (6), T3rd in innings pitched (39.1), 4th in ERA (1.37) and T4th in strikeouts (46)…it was Paxton’s first career monthly honor and the first by a Mariners pitcher since Felix Hernandez (June, 2014).

 

BUENOS DÍAZEdwin Díaz was named American League Reliever of the Month for July…he went 0-1 with 8 saves and a 1.98 ERA (3 ER, 13.2 IP) with 21 strikeouts and 5 walks in 13 relief appearances in July…he limited opponents to a .163 (8×49) batting average against while striking out 13.83 batters-per-9.0-innings (21 K, 13.2 IP)…Díaz’s 8 saves in the month of July ranked 2nd in the American League, trailing Tampa Bay’s Alex Colome (9)…marked Díaz’s first career monthly honor.

 

LEADING OFF…Mariners leadoff hitters combined to bat .301 (209×694), the 3rd-highest average among all team’s leadoff hitters, trailing Colorado (.331/223×674) and Miami (.305/219×718)…in 118 starts in the leadoff spot in the batting order, Jean Segura hit .304 (152×500)…Ben Gamel hit .319 (37×116) in 27 starts batting leadoff…Jarrod Dyson made 10 starts in the leadoff spot in the order, batting .205 (8×39)…Guillermo Heredia hit .308 (8×26) in 7 starts batting leadoff.

 

ARMS RACE…Mariners outfielders recorded 12 double plays, most in the Major Leagues, ahead of Philadelphia (11), Cincinnati (8) and Oakland (8)…Seattle outfielders also combined for 34 assists, 4th-most in MLB, trailing Chicago-AL (40), Cincinnati (40) and Texas (35)…individually, Jarrod Dyson led the Majors with 6 doubles plays turned as an outfielder…Dyson ranked T6th in the Majors (also: Andrew Benintendi-BOS) with 11 outfield assists.

 

SEVEN-UPJames Paxton equaled the Mariners club-record with wins in 7 consecutive starts, July 2August 4…he became the 3rd Mariners pitcher in club history to accomplish this feat, joining Jamie Moyer (5/6 – 6/8/03) and Scott Bankhead (6/18 – 7/20/89)…during the streak (7/2 – 8/4), Paxton went 7-0 with a 1.59 ERA (8 ER, 45.1 IP) with 53 strikeouts and 7 walks in 7 starts…he worked at least 6.0 innings while allowing 2-or-fewer earned runs in each of those 7 starts, tied for the 4th-longest streak matching those criteria by a Mariners starter in club history and the longest since Felix Hernandez recorded a Major League-record 16 consecutive such starts, May 18 – August 11, 2014.

 

HOLD IT RIGHT THERENick Vincent recorded 29 holds this season, 2nd-most in the Major Leagues, trailing only Taylor Rogers-MIN (30) while ranking ahead of Andrew Miller-CLE (27), Jose Ramirez-ATL (27) and Anthony Swarzak-CWS/MIL…Vincent’s 29 holds are also 2nd-most in single-season club history, behind only Arthur Rhodes’ 32 holds in 2001…Vincent ranks ahead of Rhodes in 2002 (27), Mark Lowe in 2009 (26) and Jeff Nelson in 2001 (26).

 

ROAD WRAP…Seattle went 38-43 (.469) on the road despite opening the season 1-9 (.100) in their first 10 road games (4/3-22) and 8-20 (.286) in their first 28 contests away from Safeco (4/3 – 5/27)…from May 28 through the end of the regular season, the Mariners were one of the best road teams in the Major Leagues, going 30-23 (.566)…Seattle’s .566 road winning percentage during that span (5/28-10/1) was 7th-best in the Majors…overall, Seattle hit .255 (728×2858) on the road, the 9th-highest average in MLB while averaging 4.69 runs-per-game (380 R, 81 G), 12th-most in the Majors…on the pitching side, the Mariners posted a 4.94 road ERA (383 ER, 697.1 IP), which ranked 21st in MLB.

 

AT HOME ON THE ROAD…in 35 relief appearances on the road, Edwin Díaz sucessfully converted 25-of-27 (92.6%) save opportunities while posting a 1.24 ERA (5 ER, 36.1 IP)…he struck out 54 and walked 14 while limiting opponents to a .106 (13×123) average against…his 1.24 road ERA is the lowest by a Mariners reliever with at least 30.0 innings pitched on the road…his 25 saves on the road rank T2nd-most in single-season club history (also: Fernando Rodney, 2014), trailing Kazuhiro Sasaki in 2001 (29)…his 25 saves on the road led the Major Leagues this season…after allowing 3 earned runs in 0.2 innings pitched on April 9, he converted 24-of-25 (96%) save opportunities while posting a 0.55 ERA (2 ER, 32.2 IP) and holding opposing batters to a .083 (9×108) average against.

 

WEAR IT…the Mariners drew a single-season club-record 78 HBP, surpassing the previous mark of 75 HBP by the 1996 Mariners…Seattle’s 78 HBP ranked 2nd-most in the American League, trailing only Texas (81), and 4th-most in the Major Leagues behind Pittsburgh (88), Chicago-NL (82) and Texas (81)…three Mariners ranked in the top-10 among American League leaders in HBP: Nelson Cruz ranked 6th with 12 HBP, followed by Guillermo Heredia, who was T7th (also: Jonathan Schoop-BAL and George Springer-HOU) with 11 HBP, and Jarrod Dyson, who ranked T10th (also: Robinson Chirinos-TEX and Gary Sanchez-NYY) with 10 HBP.

 

VENEZUELAN PRIDEFelix 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 (375), innings pitched (2,502.1) and strikeouts (2,342).

 

JUNINOMike 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 JUNINOMike 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 FOOLJames 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).

 

STREAKINGJames 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.

 

KING FELIX MADE TENTH OPENING DAY STARTFelix Hernandez made his 10th career Opening Day start on April 3 at Houston (also: 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)…became the the 9th pitcher in Major League history to make at least 10 Opening Day starts with one franchise (also: 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)…also marked his 9th consecutive OD start, the longest active streak in MLB…the start extended his club record for most career Opening Day nods, with previous record being held by Randy Johnson (6, 1992-96, ‘98).

 

CANÓ MILESTONESRobinson Canó reached several career milestones in 2017:

  • Recorded his 500th career double on August 4 vs. Kansas City, making him one of 63 players in Major League history with at least 500 doubles…became the 7th 2nd baseman (primary position) in MLB history to collect 500 doubles, joining Craig Biggio (668), Nap Lajoie (657), Charlie Gehringer (574), Jeff Kent (560), Rogers Hornsby (541) and Roberto Alomar (504)…entered the season with 479 doubles; totaled 33 doubles in 2017 to bring his career total to 512, 54th-most in MLB history…during the 2017 season, surpassed 30 players on the all-time doubles list, including Hall of Famers Rickey Henderson (510), Babe Ruth (506), Tony Perez (505), Roberto Alomar (504), Andre Dawson (503), Goose Goslin (500), Al Kaline (498), Sam Rice (497), Frank Thomas (495), Heinie Manush (491), Jeff Bagwell (488), Mel Ott (488), Lou Brock (486), Bill Herman (486) and Brooks Robinson (482).
  • Belted his 20th home run of the season on September 2 vs. Oakland, becoming the first American League 2nd baseman (primary position) with 8 seasons of at least 20 home runs…surpassed Joe Gordon, who had 7 such seasons for New York-AL and Cleveland…among all 2nd basemen, trails only Jeff Kent, who had 12 such season, all in the NL.
  • Collected his 30th and 31st doubles of the season on September 9 vs. the Angels…marks his 13th consecutive season with 30+ doubles, joining Stan Musial as the only players in Major League history to collect that many doubles in 13+ straight seasons…the only players who had as many as 12 are Hall of Famers Musial (16, 1942-58, DNP in 1945), Tris Speaker (12, 1916-27) and Honus Wagner (12, 1899-1910)…Canó is the only player to do so in the first 13 seasons of his career.
  • Hit his 300th career home run on September 21 vs. Texas…became the 3rd primary 2nd baseman with 300 career home runs (Rogers Hornsby, 301, and Jeff Kent, 377)…became the 8th player to hit his 300th career home run as a Mariner (Willie Horton, 1979; Ken Griffey Jr., 1998; Jay Buhner, 2000; Edgar Martinez, 2004; Richie Sexson, 2008; Raul Ibanez, 2013; and Nelson Cruz, 2017).
  • With his 300th career home run, became 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…joins 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 as the only players to meet each of those criteria.
  • With 300 career home runs and 500 career doubles, is one of 5 players in Major League history to reach those milestones by the end of their age-34 season, joining Hall of Famers Lou Gehrig and Stan Musial and active players Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera.

EFFICIENT ZMike Zunino tallied 25 doubled and 25 home runs in 387 at-bats…he is one of 3 catchers (primary position) since 1901 to record at least 25 doubles and 25 home runs in 400 at-bats or fewer, joining Cincinnati’s Devin Mesoraco in 2014 (384 AB, 25 2B, 25 HR) and Texas’ Ivan Rodriguez in 2000 (363 AB, 27 2B, 27 HR).

 

IN THE ZONE…in 34 relief appearances this season, Emilio Pagán recorded 56 strikeouts and just 8 walks over 50.1 innings pitched…his 7.00 strikeout-to-walk ratio (56 K, 8 BB) was 9th-best among all relievers this season and 6th-best among AL relievers…Pagán’s 7.00 K/BB ratio is the best single-season mark by a rookie reliever in club history while ranking 3rd-best among all Mariners relievers…trails J.J. Putz in 2006 (8.00/104 K, 13 BB) and Brandon Maurer in 2014 (7.60/38 K, 5 BB).

 

CLIMBING THE LADDERFelix Hernandez entered the 2016 season with 2,264 career strikeouts…he tallied 78 strikeouts during an injury-shortened 2017 season, bringing his career total to 2,342 career strikeouts, 48th-most in MLB history…during the 2017 season, he surpassed the strikeout totals of Hall of Famers Lefty Grove (2,266), Juan Marichal (2,303), Rube Waddell (2,316) and Early Wynn (2,334) as well as Dwight Gooden (2,293).

 

SIMPLY SEAGERKyle Seager recorded his 500th career RBI on August 18 at Tampa Bay, becoming 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 Ibañez (612), Alex Rodriguez (595), Bret Boone (535) and Dan Wilson (508)…Seager finished the 2017 campaign with 525 career RBI, 9th-most in club history.

 

NEW FACES…of the 25 players active for Opening Day on April 3 at Houston, 18 were not on the Mariners Opening Day roster in 2016, including 12 players who were not in the Mariners organization when the 2016 season began.

OPENING DAY TIDBITS…Carlos Ruiz was the oldest player on the Mariners Opening Day roster at 38 years, 71 days, while Edwin Díaz was the youngest at 23 years, 12 days…Díaz (RHP), Dan Altavilla (RHP), Mitch Haniger (OF), Guillermo Heredia (OF), Ariel Miranda (LHP), Taylor Motter (INF), Dillon Overton (LHP) and James Pazos (LHP) each appeared on their first Opening Day rosters…it was the 12th Opening Day for Felix Hernandez and Robinson Canó…three Mariners began 2017 with at least 10 years of Major League service time, led by Canó (11.153), Hernandez (11.060) and Ruiz (10.069).

 

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, Ariel Miranda), Dominican Republic (Robinson Canó, Nelson Cruz, Jean Segura), Japan (Hisashi Iwakuma), Mexico (Yovani Gallardo), Panama (Carlos Ruiz), Puerto Rico (Edwin Diaz), Venezuela (Felix Hernandez).

 

CUBAN CONNECTION…when the Mariners added Yonder Alonso to the active roster on August 8, he became the 4th Cuban-born player on Seattle’s active roster, joining Guillermo Heredia, Leonys Martin and Ariel Miranda…according to ESPN Stats & Info, the Mariners were just the 2nd Major League team since 1970 to feature a quartet of Cuban-born players, joining the 2014 Chicago White Sox (Jose Abreu, Dayan Viciedo, Alexei Ramirez and Adrian Nieto).

 

THANK YOU, FANS…the Mariners drew 2,132,396 fans to Safeco Field, eclipsing the two-million mark for fourth straight season…had three sold out games on the season: June 10 vs. Toronto (45,484), July 22 vs. New York-AL and August 12 vs. Los Angeles-AL, which was the day of the Edgar Martinez Number Retirement Ceremony.

 

TOUGH TRAVEL SCHEDULE…the Mariners logged 45,687 flight miles this season, 3rd-most in the Majors behind only Oakland (49,252) and Los Angeles-AL (46,069)…the Mariners flew an MLB-high 48,811 in 2016 and 43,254 miles in 2015…the club will once again be among the Major League leaders in flight miles during the 2018 season.

 

UNDER REVIEW…in the fourth year of Major League Baseball’s expanded instant replay, the Mariners challenged 35 plays, with 17 being overturned…the 48.6% overturn rate ranked 20th in the Major Leagues; New York-AL led MLB with a 75.0% (30×40) success rate on challenges…there were 1,395 reviews; there were 1,502 reviews in 2016 and 1,338 reviews in 2015…660 calls were overturned in 2017 (47.3%)…the average time of review was 1:28; it was 1:36 in 2016 and 1:51 in 2015.

 

#EXCE11ENCEEdgar Martinez‘s number 11 was retired by the Seattle Mariners in a pre-game ceremony on August 12 at Safeco Field…Edgar became the 2nd player in club history to have his number retired by the Mariners, joining his former teammate Ken Griffey Jr. (number 24).

 

#24EVER…on April 13, the Seattle Mariners unveiled a statue of Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. in front of the home plate gate at Safeco Field…the statue of Griffey resides at a street corner named for two other baseball legends – Dave Niehaus Way and Edgar Martinez Drive – in front of the ballpark often referred to as “The House that Griffey Built.”

 

DRAFT RECAP…the club selected 40 players in the 2017 MLB’s First-Year Player Draft, highlighted by their first pick, infielder Evan White (Kentucky), who was the 17th overall selection in the draft…the Mariners selected 23 pitchers, including 8 left-handers, 3 catchers, 9 infielders (2 2B, 5 SS, 2 3B), and 5 outfielders…Seattle selected 32 college players and 8 high school players.

 

ALL-STAR FUTURES GAME…the Mariners had one player selected for the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game that took place on July 9 at Marlins Park…RHP Thyago Vieira (Brazil) represented the World Team…Vieira pitched 0.2 innings, allowing 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 1.

 

MINOR LEAGUE AWARDS…the Mariners announced the organizations Minor League Awards for the 2017 season: OF Ian Miller (AA Arkansas/AAA Tacoma) received the Ken Griffey Jr. Minor League Hitter of the Year, RH Nick Neirdert (High-A Modesto/AA Arkansas) received the Jamie Moyer Minor League Pitcher of the Year, INF Chris Mariscal (High-A Modesto/AA Arkansas) received the Alvin Davis “Mr. Mariner” Award, INF Jordan Cowan (High-A Modesto) received the Edgar Martinez PTPA Award, RHP Ljay Newsome (A Clinton) received the “60 ft., 6 in. Club” Award, OF Dimas Ojeda  (A Clinton) received the Dan Wilson Minor League Community Service Award and manager Cesar Nicholas (DSL Mariners) received the Dave Henderson Minor League Staff Member of the Year Award.

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