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MLB Preview: Kansas City Royals (41-89) at Seattle Mariners (72-56)


JUST SHORT IN SEATTLE: The Royals lost another close game last night, this one by a 7-5 score to begin a 3-game series in Seattle…the offense jumped on Mariners starter Bryce Miller in their 3-run 2nd inning, which included a go-ahead RBI single by Kyle Isbel, who later hit a 2-run homer in the 7th to make it a 1-run game…with 1 out in the 9th, Isbel drew a walk to reach base for the third time, as the Royals loaded the bases vs. Andrés Muñoz, before Freddy Fermin struck out with the tying run in scoring position…Isbel drove in 3 of the Royals 5 runs as the bottom third of the order went 6-for-10, but the rest of the lineup went 4-for-26.

IZZY ANSWERS THE BELL: Royals center fielder Kyle Isbel had an impressive showing last night, going 2-for3 with a go-ahead RBI single, a 2-run HR and a walk…he also made two impressive catches in the 2nd inning, including one on the warning track in left-center field that had a 5% catch probability, according to Statcast.

Isbel missed 46 games with a hamstring injury in the 1st half, while batting .210 (26-for-124) with a .612 OPS in 37 games…but in 34 games since the All-Star break, he’s batting .286 (32-for-112) with a .737 OPS.

Despite playing in only 71 of the Royals 130 games (54.6%), Isbel ranks tied for 3rd among all center fielders with 11 Defensive Runs Saved, trailing only Daulton Varsho and Kevin Kiermaier (14 each)…his 7 Outs Above Average rank tied for 8th among center fielders on a list that’s led by Seattle’s Julio Rodríguez (12).

REHABBING ROYALS: Brad Keller pitched a scoreless inning with 1 strikeout last night in his 5th appearance on his current rehab assignment and 3rd with Double-A Northwest Arkansas…he began this assignment with 2 outings in the Arizona Complex League and has been on the IL since May 19 with a right shoulder impingement.

The Royals announced yesterday that infielder Nick Pratto and left hander Jake Brentz have been returned—but not reinstated—from their rehab assignments…Pratto was placed on the 10-day IL on July 28 with a left groin strain, and played in 5 rehab games with Triple-A Omaha, most recently on Tuesday… Brentz suffered a strained lat muscle on his rehab assignment with Double-A Northwest Arkansas…he last pitched in the Majors 16 months ago in April 2022, after which he underwent Tommy John Surgery.

CLOSE CALLS: Last night’s 7-5 loss marked Kansas City’s 11th game in the last 12 that was decided by 2 runs or fewer, including a stretch of 10 consecutive games from Aug. 12-22 that set a franchise record while matching the 2nd-longest such streak in the Majors this season…the Royals are 21-39 (.350) in games decided by 2 runs or fewer, which is the 2nd-worst record in the Majors, ahead of the Padres (19-36)…they are 5-21 in games decided by exactly 2 runs, and their 21 such losses are 4 more than the Padres for the most in the Majors.

The Royals haven’t lost a game decided by more than 2 runs since Aug. 7 at Boston, a 6-2 defeat…they’re 5-11 in 16 games since, despite being outscored by a total of 1 run during that time…it’s the 2nd-longest active streak in the Majors, trailing the Mariners, who’ve gone 33 games without losing by more than 2 runs.

VS. SEATTLE: The Royals are nearing the end of this 9-game, 10-day road trip, which is the last of a trio of three-city trips on their 2023 schedule…after playing 119 games to begin the season without facing the Mariners once, the Royals are playing them seven times over a 14-day span, including a 4-game set last week at Kauffman Stadium, where they lost 3 of 4 games…dating back to last September, each of the last 7 games between the Royals and Mariners have been decided by 2 runs or fewer…last night’s close call clinched the season series loss, marking their fourth in the last five seasons vs. Seattle since 2018, a stretch in which they’re 10-21.

The Royals are 6-17 vs. the American League West this season and have lost all seven completed series.

BOBBY BASEBALL: Bobby Witt Jr. hit his Major League-leading 8th triple of the season last night, as he attempts to become the first Royal to lead the league in three-base hits since Whit Merrifield, Adalberto Mondesi and Hunter Dozier tied for the Majors lead with 10 in 2019…he now has 14 career triples, which are the most by a Royal through two big league seasons, and are the most by any player through two seasons since Eddie Rosario had 17 triples from 2015-16…only three players in Major League history have more triples (16) and home runs (46) through two seasons than Witt Jr.: Wally Berger, Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams.

Witt Jr. has homered in seven of the Royals last eight completed series, a stretch that began with his walk-off grand slam vs. Minnesota on July 28…in 25 games since, he ranks among the top 3 in the Majors in total bases (83, 1st), RBI (30, tied for 1st), hits (42, 2nd), extra-base hits (19, 2nd), batting average (.396, 2nd), slugging percentage (.783, 3rd) and OPS (1.222, 3rd)…he also ranks tied for 3rd with 10 home runs—1 behind Pete Alonso and Matt Olson (11)—and ranks tied for 5th with 9 stolen bases.

Bobby is the second player in American League history to record at least 10 home runs, 30 RBI and 9 steals over a 25-game span, following Ken Williams, who did it for the 1922 St. Louis Browns…aside from Williams, only five others—all National League players—have accomplished the feat: Fernando Tatis Jr. in 2021, Ryan Klesko in 2001, Larry Walker in 1997, Barry Bonds in 1996 and Eric Davis in 1987.

Witt Jr. is the fifth shortstop in history to record at least 25 HR and 35 steals in a single season, following Hanley Ramírez (2007-08), Jimmy Rollins (2006-07), A. Rodríguez (1998) and Barry Larkin (1996).

Of his 26 homers, 24 have come as a shortstop, which are 3 more than Jay Bell (1997) for the Royals record and are tied with Francisco Lindor for the most in the Majors this season, 1 ahead of Corey Seager.

Bobby is 4 HR shy of becoming the first player in Royals history with a 30-HR, 30-steal season, and would be the Majors’ first primary shortstop to do it since Florida’s Ramírez had 33 HR and 35 steals in 2008.

He ranks 4th in the Majors with 37 steals behind Ronald Acuña Jr. (58), Esteury Ruiz (49) and Corbin Carroll (39) and his pace of 46 steals would be the most by a Royal since Johnny Damon had 46 in 2000.

Through 130 team games—and with 32 games remaining—Witt Jr. is on pace for 32 homers and 46 stolen bases, a combination that has been matched only three times in Major League history, by Davis in 1987 (37 HR/50 SB), Barry Bonds in 1990 (33 HR/52 SB) and Álex Rodríguez in 1998 (42 HR/46 SB).

Bobby ranks 4th in the American League with 145 hits, trailing Bo Bichette (150), Marcus Semien (147) and Julio Rodríguez (146)…in 72 games since June 1, Witt Jr. leads the American League with 93 hits—2 more than Rodríguez (91)—a stretch in which he’s batting .321 with 16 home runs, 54 RBI and a .932 OPS.

His 13 Outs Above Average rank 2nd among players at all positions, trailing only Dansby Swanson (14).

Witt Jr. ranks 3rd in the American League in fWAR (5.1), trailing Shohei Ohtani (8.7) and Seager (5.2).

THE RUNNING ROYALS: In 39 games since the All-Star break, the Royals lead the Majors with 51 stolen bases (1.3 SB/game), which are 9 more than the Cubs (42), who rank 2nd, and 14 more than the Mariners (37) for the American League lead…after stealing only 40 bags in 56 games through the end of May, the Royals rank 2nd in the Majors and lead the American League with 87 steals in 74 games since June 1…for the season, the Royals rank 4th in the Majors with 127 stolen bases, trailing only Cincinnati (150), Tampa Bay (133) and Arizona (130)

JORDAN LYLES is making his 25th start of the season and 239th start (346th appearance) of his career today vs. the Mariners…he was originally selected by Houston in the 1st round (38th overall) of the 2008 Draft out of Hartsville High School (S.C.), and signed a two-year contract with the Royals on Dec. 28, 2022.

LAST TIME OUT: Lyles suffered a 4-3 loss Sunday at Wrigley Field, in which he allowed 4 runs on 5 hits (2 home runs) and 1 walk with 2 strikeouts, while covering all 8.0 innings…he surrendered 2 runs in the 1st inning on an RBI triple from Ian Happ and a sacrifice fly from Cody Bellinger…he retired 11 of the next 12 batters before he yielded a solo homer to Seiya Suzuki in the 5th and retired 10 of the last 12 Cubs he faced, but allowed another solo home run to Miguel Amaya in the 8th frame.

YOU COMPLETE ME: Lyles’ last start marked his 5th career complete game, following Aug. 9 at Boston, May 9 vs. the White Sox, Sept. 21, 2022 vs. Detroit (with Baltimore) and Sept. 30, 2012 at Milwaukee (with Houston)…his 3 complete games this season lead the American League and are tied for most in the Majors with Miami’s Sandy Alcantara…Lyles is the first Royal with 3 complete games in a season since Jeremy Guthrie also had 3 in 2013…his 4 complete games since 2022 rank tied for 3rd in the Majors, trailing Alcantara (9) and Framber Valdez (5).

EIGHT AND OUT: Jordan has pitched 4 games this season in which he has thrown at least 8.0 innings and received a losing decision, and is the lone pitcher in the
Majors with more than 1 such outing…he’s the first pitcher with 4 such games in a season since David Price (4) in 2013, is the first Royal with 4 such games since Jose Rosado (4) in 1999 and is the first Royals right hander since Kevin Appier (4) in 1996.

I GOT 5 ON IT: Lyles has completed at least 5.0 innings in 22 of his 24 starts this season, including each of his last 15 starts, which is the longest such streak by a Royals pitcher since Brad Keller pitched 5.0 innings in 15 consecutive starts from May 7-July 21, 2021…with another 5.0-inning start today, Lyles’ streak would mark the longest by a Royal since Keller had a run of 27 straight starts from July 22, 2018-June 14, 2019…Lyles is one of four AL pitchers with an active streak of at least 15 starts with 5.0 innings, along with Luis Castillo (26), Nathan Eovaldi (19) and Pablo López (17).

TROUBLE WITH THE LONG BALL: He has allowed at least 1 home run in 17 of his 24 starts this season for a total of 30 HR in 139.1 innings, which leads the American League and ranks 2nd most in the Majors behind Lance Lynn (32)…his 30 home runs allowed are the most by a Royal since Jakob Junis (31) in 2019…Lyles has allowed multiple home runs in 10 of his 24 starts, which is the most such games in the Majors.

THE ONE BAD INNING: Lyles avoided the “one bad inning” trend in his last start vs. the Cubs at Wrigley Field, despite allowing 4 runs…he has allowed at least 3 runs in a single frame in 13 of his 24 starts (14 instances)…Lyles has been charged with 54 runs (51 ER) in those 14 frames for a 32.79 ERA, which accounts for more
than half of the 96 earned runs he’s allowed this year…if you set aside those 14 frames, Jordan has recorded a 3.23 ERA in his remaining 125.1 innings.

IRON MAN: The Royals are the eighth club Lyles has pitched for during his 13- year career that has included stops with Houston (2011-13), Colorado (2014-17), San Diego (2017-18), Milwaukee (2018-19), Pittsburgh (2019), Texas (2020-21), Baltimore (2022) and Kansas City (2023)…since the start of the 2021, his 498.1 innings pitched ranks 4th in the AL behind Gerrit Cole (542.1 IP) and José Berríos (516.0 IP)…Lyles’ 86 starts since the start of 2021 ranks 5th among AL pitchers.

During his 13 seasons, he has only been placed on the IL five times: June 10-29, 2019 (left hamstring tightness), March 28-April 4, 2019 (right side discomfort), June 24-July 29, 2018 (right elbow inflammation), June 1-end of season, 2015 (sprained left big toe) and June 5-Aug. 6, 2014 (fractured left hand).

THE EMERALD CITY: Jordan has gone 2-5 with a 6.36 ERA (45 ER in 63.2 IP) in 13 career appearances (11 starts) against the Mariners in his career…he made his last start against them 11 days ago on Aug. 15 at Kauffman Stadium and did not factor in the decision after he allowed 7 runs (6 ER) on a season-high-tying 9 hits.

DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS: Lyles committed his 1st error since Sept. 22, 2020 2 starts ago on Aug. 15 vs. these Mariners, ending his errorless streak at 87 appearances (84 starts)…he’s made just 13 errors in 1465.2 frames across his 13-year Major League career, and is one of five pitchers since 2021 to have thrown at least 490.0 innings and have 1 error or fewer.


TODAY’S TILT…the Mariners continue a 6-game homestand tonight with the 2nd of 3 games against the Kansas City Royals (1-0)…Seattle will also welcome the Oakland A’s (3 G, 8/28-8/30) to T-Mobile Park on the homestand…the Mariners are coming off an 8-2 road trip in which they took 3 of 4 at Kansas City, swept a 3-game series at Houston and took 2 of 3 at the Chicago White Sox…today’s game vs. the Royals will be televised live on ROOT SPORTS with Dave Sims and Mike Blowers on the call…the game will be broadcast live on 770 KTTH and Mariners.com with Rick Rizzs and Aaron Goldsmith on the call.

ODDS AND ENDS…the Mariners won last night’s series opener against the Kansas City Royals by a 7-5 score…the Mariners are 9-1 in their last 10 games, 17-4 over their last 21, 19-5 over their last 24, 22-6 over their last 28, 25-8 over their last 33 and 34-14 over their last 48 games…the Mariners are 56-20 when scoring at least 4 runs and 16-36 when scoring 3-or-fewer…the Mariners are 35-28 at T-Mobile Park and 37-28 on the road this season…they are 23-21 in day games and 49-35 at night.

  • Programming Notes – Today’s radio broadcast will be on 770 KTTH.
  • It’s Series Stuff – With a win today, the Mariners will secure their 10th series win in their last 11 series…Seattle holds a 12-2-1 series record over its last 15 series dating back to June 30.
  • Justin Topa Enjoyer – Justin Topa has not allowed an earned run in his last 14.1 IP over 16 games since July 24.
  • Winner – Eugenio Suárez recorded his team-leading 12th game-winning RBI in yesterday’s game.
  • I Speier – Gabe Speier has a 1.72 ERA (3 ER, 15.2 IP) with 2 walks and 23 strikeouts over his last 19 appearances since July 14.

ATOP THE AL WEST…the Mariners are tied for 1st place in the AL West with the Texas Rangers at 72-56 (.563)…the Mariners have gained 7.5 games on the Rangers since Aug. 15 and have trailed Texas for the division lead by as many as 10.5 games on June 28 and trailed by 10 games as recently as July 19…the last time the Mariners held a division lead this late into a season was on Aug. 26, 2003 (game #132)… the 7.5 games gained is the largest deficit erased by any MLB team in fewer than 10 games to reach first (alone or tied) since the Dodgers made up a 7.5-game deficit in 8 games in August 1982 (H/T OptaSTATS).

BEST IN THE BIG LEAGUES…the Mariners are 25-8 (.758) since July 20, best record in the Majors in that span and ranking ahead of the Dodgers (.750/24-8)…since July 1, Seattle is 34-14 (.708), best record in the American League and 2nd-best in MLB to the Dodgers (.717/33-13).

JULIO RODRÍGUEZ: AL PLAYER OF THE MONTH?…since Aug. 1, Julio Rodríguez is batting .409 (38×93) with 14 runs, 9 doubles, 4 home runs, 23 RBI and 11 stolen bases, getting on base at a .455 clip and slugging .634 (1.090 OPS)…he ranks among the qualified AL leaders in August in hits (1st), doubles (T-1st), RBI (T-1st), stolen bases (1st), batting average (1st), on base percentage (1st), slugging percentage (6th) and OPS (5th)…he has recorded 11 multi-hit games during the month and 5 3+ hit games.

LOOKING TO MAKE HISTORY IN AUGUST…Seattle is 17-5 (.762) during the month of August…the Mariners are scheduled to play 5 more games during the month and have a chance to break their franchise-record 20 wins in a month (done 6x: Sept/Oct 1995, June 1997, March/April 2001, May 2001, Aug. 2001 and Sept/Oct. 2001)…Seattle’s best winning percentage during a month is .800/20-5 in March/April 2001.

CAL RALEIGH: SILVER IN HIS FUTURE?…Cal Raleigh leads Major League catchers with 24 home runs this season…over his last 30 games since July 22, Raleigh is batting .259 (29×112) with 21 runs, 7 doubles, 12 home runs and 27 RBI, getting on base at a .317 clip and slugging .643 (.960 OPS)…during that span, he leads the AL in home runs, trailing only Pete Alonso-NYM (13) for the MLB lead, while ranking 3rd in the AL in slugging percentage, trailing Bobby Witt Jr.-KC (.714) and Julio Rodríguez (.649)

WAKE AND RAKE…the Mariners are batting .289 (229×793) in 22 August games with 128 runs scored, 47 doubles, 34 home runs and an .853 OPS…the Mariners lead the AL in average, slugging percentage (.482), OPS, runs and stolen bases (27) while leading the Majors in on base percentage (.372) and wRC+ (141) in August…the Mariners last hit at least .280 as a team in a full calendar month in June 2017, when they batted .288 (270×939) as a team.

ACE OF STAFFS…the Mariners pitching staff ranks 2nd in fWAR (18.4) to Philadelphia (18.9) this season… Seattle pitchers rank 2nd in ERA (3.70) behind Toronto (3.69) and 2nd in quality starts (61) behind Minnesota (64)…the Mariners lead the Majors in strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.64), WHIP (1.18), walks-per-9 innings (2.51) and FIP (3.71). 50/50…Julio Rodríguez has 49 career home runs in 255 games played…if Julio homers over his next 13 games, he would become the fastest player in Mariners history to reach 50 career home runs, surpassing Alex Rodriguez (269th career game)…Julio can also become just the 2nd player in MLB history W With 50+ home runs and 50+ stolen bases through their first 2 Major League seasons…the 22-year-old outfielder would join Ronald Acuña Jr.-ATL, who totaled 67 HR and 53 SB through his first 2 MLB seasons (2018-19).

EVERYONE CHIPPING IN…Teoscar Hernández is batting .368 (25×68) with 9 runs, 7 doubles, 3 home runs, and 10 RBI with a 1.008 OPS since Aug. 6…Josh Rojas over his last 12 games (8/11-c) is batting .381 (16×42) with 13 runs, 2 doubles, 2 home runs, 9 RBI and 3 walks with a .994 OPS…Dylan Moore over his last 24 games (7/14-c) is batting .323 (21×65) with 11 runs, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 6 homers, 15 RBI and 6 walks with a 1.113 OPS…José Caballero is batting .333 (10×30) with 6 runs, 3 doubles, 3 RBI, 7 stolen bases and a .908 OPS in his last 17 games (8/4-c)…Ty France is batting .279 (22×79) with 11 runs, 6 doubles, 3 home runs, 11 walks, 7 HBP and a .881 OPS in 22 games in August.

WE GO WITH GENO…Eugenio Suárez went 3-for-5 with 1 double and 3 RBI in last night’s game, extending his hitting streak to a season-high tying 7 games (also: April 2-9)…in 22 games in August, Geno is batting .289 (26×90) with 9 runs, 3 doubles, 4 home runs and 18 RBI, getting on base at a .373 clip and slugging .456 (.828 OPS)…he has recorded at least 1 RBI in 12 of his 22 games this month.

HOME SWEET HOMESTAND…the Mariners homestand is highlighted by Native American Heritage Night on Monday, August 28, Julio Rodríguez Funko Pop! Collectible Night on Tuesday, August 29 and Death Cabby for Cutie Day on Wednesday, Aug. 30…tickets are available at Mariners.com/Tickets.

AS YOU MAY KNOW…J.P. Crawford hit his 11th home run of the season in last night’s game, his 4thleadoff home run and his 3rd on the first pitch, but…DID YOU KNOW?…that his 4 leadoff home runs are a career high (previous: 3 in 2021) and are tied of the 4th-most in a single season in franchise history?… he trails only Julio Rodríguez (6 in 2022) and Ichiro Suzuki (2x, 2002 and 2005) while matching Ichiro’s 4 in 2006, 2007 and 2011…his 4 leadoff home runs are also tied for 6th-most in the Majors and tied for 2nd-most in the AL trailing only Marcus Semien-TEX who has 6 leadoff homers this season.


2023 MLB Breakdown:
Overall 11-5 3.77 25/25 148.0 132 65 62 27 146 21
Home 3-4 4.15 11/11 65.0 57 32 30 13 69 11
Road 8-1 3.47 14/14 83.0 75 33 32 14 77 10
vs. KCR 0-0 8.31 1/1 4.1 7 4 4 2 5 2

Career MLB Breakdown:
Overall 30-16 3.77 81/81 453.0 414199 190 104 448 57
Home 9-12 3.94 38/38 212.1 202 97 93 38 213 29
Road 21-4 3.63 43/43 240.2 212102 97 66 235 28
vs. KCR 1-0 6.64 4/4 20.1 26 15 15 5 18 4


  • The 26-year-old right-handed pitcher is scheduled to make his 26th start of the season and 2nd against Kansas City…he will also make the 82nd start of his MLB career and 5th career start against the Royals.
  • Selected by Seattle in the 1st round (14th overall) of the 2018 MLB First-Year Player Draft; signed by Mariners scout Rob Mummau.
  • Spent 3 seasons at Stetson (FL) University, 2016-18…in 2017, was ASUN Pitcher of the Year and ASUN 1st-Team All-Conference.
  • Was named the 2022 Mariners Most Valuable Pitcher by the Seattle Chapter of the BBWAA.

LAST TIME OUT…W#11 in 25th start of the season against Houston on 8/19, tossing 6.0 innings and allowing 2 runs on 8 hits (2 HR) and 1 walk with 3 strikeouts.

AGAINST AL CENTRAL…is set to make his 21st career start against an AL Central opponent…Logan currently owns a 3.47 ERA (37 ER, 96.0 IP) with 19 walks and 96 strikeouts against the AL Central…through 6 starts againsT the AL Central this season Logan has a 4.49 ERA (15 ER, 30.1IP).

ALL I DO IS WIN…his 11 wins this season are the most in his career through the first 25 starts to a season…he is currently only two wins away from tying his career-high in wins for a single season (13) which he achieved in 2022…his 11 wins are tied for the 11th most in the Major Leagues and the 5th most in the American League.

GOING THE DISTANCE…pitched his first career complete game shutout on 7/4 against San Francisco…this was the Mariners second complete game thrown this year…George Kirby threw his first career complete game on 4/27 at Philadelphia.

7 STRAIGHT STRIKEOUTS…he struck out 7 consecutive batters from the 2nd4th innings on 5/8 against Texas…the streak of strikeouts tied a franchise record shared by Mark Langston (6/15/84) and Luis Castillo (9/7/22)…Logan finished the game with a season-high 10 strikeouts which is 1 off from his career-high.

K MORE WALK LESS…his 5.41 strikeout-to-walk ratio ranks 7th in the Major Leagues and 2nd on the Mariners among qualified pitchers…he trails only George Kirby who has a 10.14 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

QUALITY AND QUANTITY…has recorded 14 quality starts this season which ranks tied 2nd on the team with Luis Castillo and ranks behind George Kirby (17)…had 16 quality starts in 2022 were the 3rd most among Mariners starting pitchers and tied 16th in the AL with Dylan Cease-CHW and Shohei Ohtani-LAA …he trailed only Marco Gonzales and Robbie Ray who each had 18.

FOURTH TIME AROUND…had a perfect game through 6.0 innings during his outing on 5/8 at Texas before allowing a leadoff single in the 7th…became the 4th Mariners pitcher this season to carry a no-hitter into the 6th inning…he joined Luis Castillo, Bryce Miller, and Easton McGee.

KEEPING THE BASES CLEAN…has allowed 164 baserunners through his first 25 starts this season which is the fewest in the Major Leagues among pitchers ho have made at least 25 starts this season…his 164 baserunners allowed are tied for the 2nd fewest through a pitcher’s first 25 starts in a season in franchise history…he is tied with James Paxton (2018).

ON A ROLL…Logan’s 146 strikeouts so far this season ranks second among Mariners starting pitchers…he trails only Luis Castillo (175)…he recorded 39 strikeouts in May which is a new career-high for the month…his 34 strikeouts in March/ April were also a career high to start the season.

AMONG MARINERS GREATS…in Logan’s first 80 starts in his career he has recorded 445 strikeouts…this is the 4th most strikeouts in franchise history in a player’s first 80 career starts…he ranks behind Erik Hanson (448).

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