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Aug 27,2014(ISN) – Upcoming Probable Starting Pitchers:




Time (PT)






12:40 pm


RHP Erasmo Ramirez (1-5, 4.06)

RHP Colby Lewis (8-11, 5.54)



Off Day




7:10 pm


RHP Felix Hernandez (13-4, 2.07)

RHP Jordan Zimmerman (9-5, 2.93)



6:10 pm


RHP Chris Young (12-6, 3.17)

RHP Stephen Strasburg (10-10, 3.59)



1:10 pm


RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (12-6, 2.83)

RHP Tanner Roark (12-8, 2.81)

Today’s Game Notes (also attached as PDF):

TODAY’S TILT…the Mariners continue a six-game homestand with the rubber game (1-1) of three vs. Texas and will also face Washington (Fri-Sun) following an off day on tomorrow…were 8-1 on last homestand and just finished a 3-city, 9-game road trip (6-3) that began in Detroit (2-1), continued in Philadelphia (1-2) and concluded in Boston (3-0)…today’s game will be televised on ROOT SPORTS in HD in the Northwest and broadcast live on ESPN 710 Seattle & the Mariners Radio Network.

YOU MAY ALREADY KNOW…that James Paxton is 7-1 with a 1.71 ERA in his first 11 career MLB starts (4-1, 1.83 ERA this season)…BUT DID YOU KNOW…that among pitchers to debut in the last 70 years (since 1944), only two others have had at least 7 wins and an ERA as low as Paxton’s over their first 11 career starts? Steve Rogers in 1973 (7-3, 1.28 ERA) and Phil Niekro (8-3, 1.20) are the others to join Paxton according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

ODDS AND ENDS…have won 4 of last 5 and are 6-4 in last 10 games; have won 11 of last 15 and are 17-7 over last 24 games and 21-15 since the All-Star break…have not lost back-to-back games since a 4-game losing streak July 22-25…14-23 in one-run games & 3-6 in extra innings…35-33 at Safeco Field (20-13 since 6/15) & 37-26 on the road.

  •           Dominating – Felix Hernandez is 2nd in the AL in ERA (2.07), 4th in strikeouts (204), T6th in wins (13), 1st in quality starts (23), 2nd in innings pitched (191.0) and 1st in WHIP (0.88).
  •           Save It – Fernando Rodney is 2nd in the AL with 38 saves (38-for-41 in save opps).
  •           Hit Parade – Robinson Cano is 4th in the AL in batting average (.326) and 3rd in hits (157).
  •           Run Differential – Mariners have the 2nd-best run differential (+109, 524-415) in MLB.
  •           The Big 3 – The Mariners top 3 starters (Felix, Iwakuma, Young) have combined to go 37-16 with a 2.64 ERA (144 ER, 490.2 IP) in 75 G/74 GS…lowest ERA by a starting trio in the American League.
  •           Mix and Match – Mariners have used 116 different starting lineups (batting) this season.
  •           Looking for the Slam – Mariners and the Dodgers are the only teams without a grand slam…Mariners are batting .286 (22×77) with 5 bases-clearing hits this season with the bases loaded.
  •           Backstop HR – Mike Zunino is 3rd in MLB amongst catchers with 18 home runs (leads all AL catchers)…the club record for HR by a catcher is 19 by Miguel Olivo in 2011.
  •           High-Water Mark – Seattle is 72-59 and is 13 games over .500 for 2nd time this season.
  •           Offensive – Seattle ranks 2nd in MLB averaging 4.78 runs per game since the trade deadline.

RUBBER-MATCH RECORD…the Mariners are 6-8 in rubber games to decide the fate of a three-game series this season…are 2-2 in last 4 rubber games after dropping three straight…overall are 21-17-5 in series this season, including 6-2 in last 8 series (7-3 in last 10 series at Safeco Field).

CANO GOING DEEPRobinson Cano hit his 5th home run this month last night, tied for 5th-most in the American League…most home runs he has hit in a month this season (12 total; March/April: 1 HR, May: 1 HR, June: 4 HR, July: 1 HR).

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE…Seattle has allowed 3 or fewer runs in each of its last 14 home games…since 1960, only 2 teams have had a longer streak, the Dodgers (16 in 1965-66) and White Sox (15 in 1966-67); Red Sox (14 in 2014), Braves (14 in 2010) and Mets (14 in 1968) are tied…since July 25, Seattle has a 1.60 ERA (23 ER in 129.0 IP) in its past 14 home games (10-4 record)…the current 14-game streak is the longest in franchise history; previous record was 10 games, June 23-July 21, 2000.

SPREADING THE WORKLOAD…Seattle has four relievers that have appeared in 50+ games this season (Rodney, Furbush, Farquhar & Medina) and three who have appeared in 45+ (Leone, Wilhelmsen & Beimel) that are on pace to appear in 50+ games…since 1901, only the 2002 Atlanta Braves have had 7 relievers each appear in 50+ games in the same season.

LATELY…the Mariners are 16-6 over their last 21 games (8/2-current), going from 3 games over .500 (56-53) to 13 games over (72-59)…during this stretch the club is batting .264 (190×721) with 54 extra-base hits (2B-30, 3B-6, HR-118) and averaging 4.95 runs per game (outscored opponent 109-52).

ACK ATTACKDustin Ackley has driven in 18 runs in his last 19 games (Aug. 6 – current) on the strength of 4 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs and a .479 slugger percentage…since July 1, Ack is hitting .314 (55×175) with 14 doubles, 1 triple, 5 home runs, 28 RBI and a .491 slugging percentage.

LO-MO A GO-GOLogan Morrison is batting .333 (28×84) with 13 runs scored, 6 doubles, a homer and 10 RBI in his last 24 games (July 29-current)…he’s had at least one hit in 22 of the 24 games…ranks 6th in the American League with a .338 (25×74) batting average in August.

3 (OR 4) IS THE MAGIC NUMBER…when scoring 3 or more runs, the Mariners are 66-18 (.786), the best win pct in the Majors when scoring 3+ (WAS is 2nd at 71-20/.780)…when scoring 4 or more runs, the Mariners are 55-10 (.846)…including last night, Seattle has won 19 consecutive games when scoring 4 or more runs, and 23 of its last 24…since June 1, Seattle is 34-2 when scoring 4+ runs…on the flip side, the Mariners have scored 2 or fewer runs in 47 of 131 games (6-41).

HISTORIC PITCHING…the Mariners pitching staff leads the Majors with a 2.92 ERA (374 ER, 1161.0 IP)…club is on pace to shatter the club record of 3.54 set in 2001…the last AL team to finish a full season with a sub 3.00 ERA was the 1974 World Series Champion Oakland A’s…Mariners relief pitchers lead AL with a 2.36 ERA (1st in MLB) and starters lead the AL with a 3.20 ERA (3rd in MLB).

THIS MEANS W.A.R.…the Mariners have three of the top 7 players in the American League in Wins Above Replacement (WAR) according to Felix Hernandez (1st, 6.1), Robinson Cano (6th, 5.2) and Kyle Seager (7th, 5.0).

THE BOYS OF SUMMER…the Mariners were 34-34 through the first 68 games of the season…since June 15 the club is 38-25 while batting .259 and maintaining a 2.41 team ERA…winning percentage (.603) is tied for 3rd-best in the AL during this span behind LAA (41-23/.641) and BAL (40-23/.635).



Mariners bullpen has allowed 2 runs over the last 25.2 innings (since 8/20).


Kyle Seager is a .332 hitter in 61 career games vs. the Rangers (79×238, 23 2B, 11 HR, 38 RBI).


Kyle Seager is a HR shy of being  3rd Mariners player w/ 20+ HR in 3 of first 4 MLB season (Griffey Jr. & Jim Presley).


Seattle has generated 21 wins from rookie pitchers this season: Elias-9, Leone-7, Paxton-4 & Walker-1.


Seattle has 32 comeback wins this season, most since having 36 in 2009.


Seattle has passed its 2013 season win total (71-91) with 31 games remaining.


  •           1985 – Matt Young threw his second straight complete game, allowing one run on five hits, as the Mariners defeated the Detroit Tigers, 3-1, in the Kingdome.  Donnie Scott was 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs, including the game-winner for the Mariners.
  •           1986 – In Seattle’s 4 – 1 win over Baltimore, the Harold Reynolds ties the MLB mark with 12 assists at 2B.
  •           1993 – The Mariners erase a 6-0, 6th inning deficit vs. Toronto, on their way to a 7-6 win.
  •           2012 – Felix Hernandez tossed another 1-0 shutout, his fourth of the season, leading the Mariners to the victory over the Twins at Target Field. Eric Thames hit a leadoff home run in the 8th inning for the only run of the game, clinching the Mariners club-record fifth 1-0 victory of the season. Felix became just the third pitcher during the divisional era (since 1969) to record four 1-0 wins in a season, joining Fergie Jenkins (1974) and Bert Blyleven (1976).


  •           1997 – Omar Olivares becomes the first Mariners pitcher to drive in a run in a 9-5 loss at Colorado.
  •           1998 – The Mariners clout three home runs in a 10 – 3 loss to the Yankees, making them the first team in history to reach the 200-home run mark for a season in three consecutive years. Shane Monahan, Russ Davis, and Rob Ducey each belts a solo round-tripper for Seattle.
  •           2001 – Ichiro collected his 200th in the team’s 132 game of the year; matching Darrin Erstad (2000) as fastest in the Majors to 200 hits since Joe Medwick in 1935 (131 games), & fastest in AL since Al Simmons in 1925 (125 games). He also becomes only the third American League rookie to reach 200 hits since 1964.