Upcoming Probable Starting Pitchers:
|Thursday||April 19||12:40 pm||vs. HOU||Marco Gonzales (LHP)||Charlie Morton (RHP)|
|Friday||April 20||5:05 pm||at TEX||Félix Hernández (RHP)||Mike Minor (LHP)|
|Saturday||April 21||5:05 pm||at TEX||James Paxton (LHP)||Bartolo Colon (RHP)|
|Sunday||April 22||12:05 pm||at TEX||TBA||Martin Pérez (LHP)|
Today’s Game Notes
DID YOU KNOW?…that since 2014, Dee Gordon ranks 5th in batting average among leadoff hitters with an average of .304 (669×2203)?…during that span, he trails only Jose Altuve (.331/332×1002), Dustin Pedroia (.321/158×492), Charlie Blackmon (.309/747×2420) and Jean Segura (.304/432×1422)…(stats only including games when batting leadoff).
TODAY’S TILT…the Mariners conclude their second homestand of the season with the finale of 4 games against the Houston Astros (1-2)…began the homestand by taking 2-of-3 games from the Oakland Athletics…following today’s, will embark on a 10-game, 10-day, 3-city road trip to Texas (3 G), Chicago-AL (3 G) Cleveland (4 G)…today’s game will be televised on ROOT SPORTS NW and broadcast live on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network.
ODDS AND ENDS…Seattle has won 5 of its last 8 games and 6 of its last 10…team is 5-4 during the day and 4-3 at night…Seattle is 5-4 at Safeco Field and 4-3 on the road.
- The Juan Nicasio File – Juan Nicasio leads the Major Leagues with 7 holds…has earned a hold in 7 of his 8 appearances this season…over his last 5 outings (4/7-c), he has retired 17 of 21 batters faced.
- Daytime Drivers – Robinson Canó, Jean Segura and Dee Gordon are each batting at least .320 during day games this season…Canó leads the club with a .393 (11×28) mark during day games, followed by Segura (.333/11×33) and Gordon (.324/11×34).
- Gotta Earn It – the Mariners allowed their first unearned run of the season last night vs. Houston…Seattle was the last team in the Majors to allow an unearned run…the Mariners are one of four teams with only 1 unearned run so far this season (also: Boston, Pittsburgh and Toronto).
- Left vs. Right – the Mariners are 4-1 when facing a left-handed starter and 5-6 vs. right-handed starters.
- Four Square – Seattle is 8-1 when scoring 4-or-more runs, but 1-6 when scoring 3-or-fewer runs.
- Series Record – Seattle has won or tied each of its first 5 series (3-0-2) to begin the season for the 2nd time in club history, trailing only the 2001 team which began the season with 9 consecutive series without a loss.
- Milestone Tracker – Kyle Seager (156) is tied with Raúl Ibañez (156) for 6th-most home runs in club history… also, Seager (364) trails Raúl Ibañez (367) by 3 walks for 8th-most free passes in club history.
- Stranded – the Mariners relievers have stranded 19 of 25 (76%) inherited runners this season, ranking behind only the Astros (100%/14×14) and Los Angeles (33×35/94.3%) for highest percentage of stranded runners in the American League.
IT STARTS AT THE TOP…Dee Gordon has been a sparkplug at the top of the Mariners lineup…among American League leadoff hitters, Gordon ranks T2nd in hits (21), T5th in times on base (24), 6th in batting (.313)…he also is tied for the Major League lead with 8 stolen bases…overall, he is batting .313 (21×67) with 9 runs, 2 doubles, 1 home run, 5 RBI and 8 steals in 16 games this season…Gordon has hit safely in 14 of his 16 games, including 5 multi-hit games.
OFF TO THE RACES…the Mariners rank 3rd in the American League with 11 stolen bases, trailing Chicago-AL (18) and Cleveland (14)…Dee Gordon leads the club with 8 steals, while Ben Gamel, Mitch Haniger and Jean Segura each have 1…Gordon’s 8 stolen bases rank T1st in the Major Leagues (also: Tim Anderson-CWS and Trea Turner-WAS)…Seattle stole 3 bases last night against the Astros – one each from Gamel, Gordon and Haniger – marking the first time the Mariners have had at least 3 different players swipe a bag since Sept. 14, 2017 at Texas (Yonder Alonso, Segura and Mike Zunino).
FOR STARTERS…Mariners starting pitchers have worked into the 6th inning or later in 6 of their last 8 outings, dating back to April 10…during this span, Seattle starters have allowed 3 or fewer runs in 6 of their 8 starts while issuing 1 or fewer walks in 5 of those 8 starts.
CATCHING ON…David Freitas (“FRAY-tas”) has reached base safey via a hit or walk in each of his 8 starts, including 6 games with a hit…he has hit safely in 4 consecutive games with an at-bat, going 5-for-13 (.385) with 2 runs and 2 doubles…overall, he is batting .280 (7×25) with 3 runs, 3 doubles and 3 walks…the Mariners are 5-3 in his 8 starts.
ELITE AT SECOND BASE…two of the most productive second basemen over the last couple of years are sharing the field this series: Robinson Canó and Houston’s Jose Altuve…since 2012, Canó and Altuve rank among the top 5 Major League second basemen in games, at-bats, runs scored, doubles, average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS…during this stretch Canó leads all ML second basemen in games, home runs, slugging percentage and OPS, while Altuve leads in at-bats, hits, average and on-base percentage…here’s a look at some comparative numbers since 2012:
Batter G AVG AB R H 2B HR RBI BB OBP SLG OPS
Canó 961 .301 3,750 544 1,130 230 158 568 338 .363 .492 .855
Altuve 944 .319 3,805 544 1,213 235 82 395 265 .366 .457 .823
HOUSTON, YOU HAVE A PROBLEM…in 90 career games against Houston, Robinson Canó is batting .321 (112×349) with 44 runs scored, 18 doubles, 1 triple, 14 home runs, 66 RBI, 30 walks, a .375 on-base percentage and a .499 slugging mark (.874 OPS)…among active players with at least 300 career plate appearances against the Astros, Canó’s .321 average is 3rd-best, trailing only Joey Votto (.357/97×272) and Ryan Braun (.341/121×355).
DIABOLICAL DÍAZ…Edwin Díaz has retired 24-of-30 batters faced over 8.0 scoreless innings this season, including striking out 16 of those 30 batters…he has allowed only 1 hit, 2 walks and hit 2 batsmen while 1 batter has reached on a team fielding error…Díaz has successfully converted 7-of-7 save opportunities, tops in the American League and T2nd in the Majors (also: Jeurys Familia-NYM), trailing only Wade Davis-COL (8)…his 16 strikeouts lead all AL relievers, while his 18.00 strikeout-per-9.0-innings ratio is tied with Aroldis Chapman-NYY (14 K, 7.0 IP) for tops in the AL.
HOMER HAPPY…29 of the Mariners 66 runs scored (43.9%) this season have come via the home run (9 solo HR, 7 2-R HR, 2 3-R HR)…the Mariners have homered in 11 games this season, including 7 of their last 8 games and 8 of their last 10…over their last 7 games (4/11-c), the Mariners have hit 10 home runs, accounting for 16 of their 26 runs during this stretch.
Today in Mariners History (April 19):
- 1990 – Edgar Martinez goes 3×4 with two doubles in his first start of the year. Never the less, the Mariners lose 5-2 at Oakland.
- 1998 – The Mariners complete their first-ever, four-game sweep of Minnesota with a 7-4 victory in the Metrodome.
- 2001 – Kazuhiro Sasaki logs his 8th save in April, setting a new Mariners record for saves in the month of April.
- 2002 – Jeff Cirillo ties a Major League record with his 99th consecutive errorless game at third base.
- 2012 – Felix Hernandez struck out 12 in 8.0 shutout innings, but the Mariners lost 2-1 when the Cleveland Indians scored a pair of runs off closer Brandon League in the top of the 9th inning.
- 2014 – The Mariners are limited to 2 hits in a CG shutout by Miami Marlins starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez. Dustin Ackley led off the 6th inning with a single to break up the perfect game and Mike Zunino doubled in the 9th inning to account for the Mariners hits in the 7-0 loss in Miami.
- 2015 – Mariners overcome a pair of five-run deficits–the last a 10-5 hole heading into the 7th–to defeat the Texas Rangers 11-10…Nelson Cruz homered twice in the game and recorded a walk-off single with the bases loaded and 2 out in the 9th, finishing the game going 3-for-6 with 5 RBIs.
- 2017 – Ichiro Suzuki hit his first home run at Safeco Field since April 18, 2012, this time as a Miami Marlin. It was his 54th career homer at Safeco Field and the first time Ichiro homered against his former team.