Today’s Game Notes
AS YOU KNOW…Dee Gordon is batting .500 (3×6) with 2 runs scored when leading off the first inning…AND AS YOU MIGHT KNOW…since 2017, Gordon has a .353 (49×139) average with 39 runs scored, 5 doubles, 3 triples, 1 home run, 1 RBI and 7 walks from the lead off spot in the first…BUT, DID YOU KNOW?…that since 2017, Gordon’s .353 average batting leadoff in the first inning is the highest in the Majors?…he ranks ahead of leadoff hitters Brett Gardner-NYY (.323/41×127), Jean Segura-SEA (.315/35×111), Billy Hamilton-CIN (.302/39×129) and Brian Dozier-MIN (.301/44×146).
TODAY’S TILT…the Mariners continue on their first road trip of the season, a 5,200-mile, 10-day, 8-game odyssey with the 2nd of 3 games vs. Minnesota (0-1)…opened the trip splitting a 2-game series with San Francisco (1-1) and will face Kansas City (3 games) before returning home to Seattle…opened the season at Safeco Field taking 2-of-3 game vs. the Cleveland Indians…today’s game will be televised on ROOT SPORTS NW and broadcast live on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network.
Upcoming Probable Starting Pitchers
|Saturday||April 7||11:10 am||at MIN||Mike Leake (RHP)||Jose Berrios (RHP)|
|Sunday||April 8||11:10 am||at MIN||Marco Gonzales (LHP)||Lance Lynn (RHP)|
|Monday||April 9||5:15 pm||at KC||Félix Hernández (RHP)||Jakob Junis (RHP)|
|Tuesday||April 10||5:15 pm||at KC||James Paxton (LHP)||Eric Skoglund (LHP)|
|Wednesday||April 11||11:15 am||at KC||TBA||Danny Duffy (LHP)|
ODDS AND ENDS…have lost 2 straight after winning 3 of the first 4 games…team is 2-3 during the day and 1-0 at night…10 of the Mariners first 18 games will be played at Safeco Field.
- Milestone Tracker – Mike Leake (989) is 11 strikeouts away from recording his 1,000th career strikeout.
- OBP – Robinson Canó and Mitch Haniger are currently T3rd in the AL in OBP (.480).
- AL Central – the Mariners face an AL Central opponent in 12 of their first 24 game of the season (2-2)…Seattle went 18-16 vs. the Central in 2017, their first winning season since going 19-14 in 2014.
- Streaking – Robinson Canó and Dee Gordon have each hit safely in 6 straight games to open the season…their 6-game hitting streaks are currently T4th-longest active hitting streak in the American League, trailing only Matt Chapman-OAK (8 G), Andrelton Simmons-LAA (8 G) and Jose Altuve-HOU (7 G).
- Seeing Double – Robinson Canó is tied for 2nd with Rogers Hornsby for most home runs by a second baseman in Major League history, trailing only Jeff Kent’s 377 career home runs.
- MISPing – the Mariners are batting .182 (10×55) with RISP in the first 6 games of the season, including going 3-for-29 (.103) over the last 2 games…have also left 45 batters on base this season, 21 in the last 2 games.
BRRRRRRRR…Thursday’s game time temperature was 38° and the first pitch today is forecasted to be in the low 30’s here in Minneapolis…according to available data from Baseball-Reference.com, the Mariners have played only 12 games, including Thursday, since 1988 where the first pitch temp was below 40°…prior to this season the last time with a temperature below 40° was in Chicago-AL on April 5, 2013 with first-pitch temperature for the game registering 34°…the 34° game time temp is tied for the coldest first pitch in since 1988 (also: April 9, 1996 at Detroit).
ICE ICE BABY…two of the most productive second baseman over the last couple of years are sharing the field this series: Robinson Canó and Twins 2B Brian Dozier…since 2013, Canó and Dozier rank among the top 5 Major League second baseman in games, at-bats, runs, doubles, home runs, RBI, walks and slugging percentage…here’s a look at some comparative numbers since 2013:
Batter G AVG AB R H 2B HR RBI BB OBP SLG OPS
Canó 790 .300 3,094 432 927 181 124 470 267 .358 .482 .840
Dozier 773 .253 3,042 503 769 171 149 410 343 .333 .468 .801
DO YOU WANT TO BUILD A SNOWMAN…8 of the Mariners 21 runs scored this season have been scored in the first inning…the Mariners are batting .400 (12×30) with 8 run scored, 1 double, 1 home run and 2 walks in the first…the team is batting .249 (42×169) with 9 doubles, 4 home runs in innings 2-9…the Mariners .400 average in the 1st inning is the 2nd-highest in the first inning, trailing only the Royals (.450/9×20), while also ranking T1st in hits (12), 5th in OBP (.438) and T5th in runs scored (8).
SOME LIKE IT HOT…Robinson Canó (.435/10×23, 6 R, 3 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB) and Dee Gordon (.400/10×25, 4 R, HR, RBI, 2 BB, 3 SB) have each hit safely in each of the first 6 games this season…marks the 3rd time in Canó’s career to hit safely at least 6 straight games to open a season (10 G: 4/4-16/10, 6 G: 3/31-4/6/14)…Gordon’s 6-game hitting streak to open the season is a career-high.
WALKING ON SUNSHINE…Robinson Canó and Dee Gordon have each recorded 10 hits in the first 6 Mariners games this season…the 10 hits rank T8th-most in club history for hits through the first 6 games of the season (done 12x), trailing only the club record of 11 hits in the first 6 games (done 7x, last: Ichiro Suzuki in 2005)…the Mariners franchise record for most hits through 7 games is 13 (done 4x, last: Ichiro in 2005)…Gordon’s 10 hits are the 2nd-most in his career through 6 games, trailing his 11 hits in 2016…Canó’s 10 hits are a career-high (previous: 9 in 2009, 2010 & 2014).
HEAT WAVE…after going 0-for-4 in the first game of the season, Jean Segura has recorded a hit in each of the last 5 games, batting .450 (9×20) with 4 runs scored, 2 doubles, 2 RBI, 3 walks and 1 stolen base…overall this season he is batting .375 (9×24) with 4 runs scored, 2 doubles, 2 RBI, 3 walks and 1 stolen base.
TWINNING…since 2013, Robinson Canó has hit safely in 28 of his last 33 games vs. the Twins, including 15 multi-hit contests…during this stretch he is batting .375 (51×136) with 20 runs scored, 6 doubles, 1 triple, 5 home runs, 24 RBI and 11 walks…his .375 average vs. Minnesota is the 5th-highest in the Majors during this stretch (min. 90 PA), trailing only Jose Altuve (.422/54×128), Josh Donaldson (.399/55×38), Xander Bogaerts (.389/44×113) and Dustin Pedroia (.385/55×143).
YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE…the Mariners 1-4 batters in the lineup have combined to hit .362 (34×94) with 18 runs scored, 5 doubles, 4 home runs, 14 RBI and 10 walks over the first 6 games of the season…the rest of the lineup is batting a combined .190 (20×105) average with 3 runs scored, 5 doubles, 1 home run, 7 RBI and 9 walks.
THE HEAT IS ON…Edwin Díaz has struck out 8 of the 11 batters he has faced this season (0 H, 2 HB), averaging 24.00 strikeouts per 9.0 innings over his first 3 appearances this season…in his career, Díaz has recorded strikeout rate of 13.80 per 9.0 innings, the 4th-highest since making his debut in 2016…trails only Craig Kimbrel-BOS (15.36), Dellin Betances-NYY (15.30) and Andrew Miller-CLE (14.43).
Today in Mariners History
- 1984 – Mark Langston makes his Mariners and Major League debut, downing the Detroit Tigers 4-1 in Detroit.
- 1999 – Freddy Garcia strikes out five and allows only two runs in his Major League debut. Ken Griffey Jr. goes 4×4 with a home run against Chicago.
- 2000 – New centerfielder Mike Cameron goes over the centerfield wall to rob New York’s Derek Jeter of a home run in the 8th inning, preserving a 6-3 lead. Seattle goes on to win the game, 7-5.
- 2001 – Brett Boone goes 3×4 with three RBI and collects his 1,000th career hit in the 9th inning in a game at Texas.
- 2001 – Ryan Franklin hurls three innings of scoreless relief to pick up his first Major League victory – a 6-5 win over Texas.
- 2015 – LHP Tyler Olson makes Major League debut, inducing an inning-ending double play on his first pitch.