Saturday, September 23, 2023

MLB Preview: Los Angeles Angels (68-77) at Seattle Mariners (79-65)


LEADING OFF: Today, the Angels play the second (1- 0) of three games on a road trip against the Seattle Mariners (Sept. 11-13)…Halos went 3-4 on last homestand against Baltimore (0-3) and Cleveland (3- 1)…LAA was 3-6 on last road trip against the Mets (2- 1), Phillies (1-2) and Athletics (0-3).

SO EXTRA: Last night was the Angels seventh extra+inning victory of the year, which matches the Halos total from last season.

HEATING UP: Over his last four games, Logan O’Hoppe is batting .438 (7/16) with one double and four home runs…Last night was his first career multi-HR game and he became the sixth rookie catcher in franchise history with a multi-HR game.

WINS AND LOSSES: The Angels have won three straight games for the first time since a four-game win streak from July 23-27.

SCHANUEL’S STREAKS: Nolan Schanuel has reached base safely in each of his first 18 MLB games, which is the longest streak to start a career in Angels history (see list below)…It’s the longest such streak since Christopher Morel reached safely in his first 22 career games for the 2022 Cubs…Schanuel also set a franchise record with a 10-game hit streak to begin his MLB career.

LATE COMEBACKS: Thursday vs. Cleveland was the Angels sixth win this season when trailing after eight innings…It’s the highest total for the Club since 2013,
when the Angels also had six wins when trailing after eight frames.

HELLO, MY NAME IS…: With the season debuts of Davis Daniel and Jhonathan Diaz on Thursday, the Angels have now used 64 different players this season… The 64 players used are second-most in the Majors in 2023 (Reds have used 65)…Halos set a franchise record last year with 66 players used.

VS. SEATTLE: Mariners lead the season series 6-5… Halos are 3-1 in Seattle this season….Halos took two of three games in each of the first two series this year
(April 3-5 at T-Mobile Park and June 9-11 at Angel Stadium), before Seattle swept a four games series from Aug. 3-6 at The Big A.

HOME RUN LEADERS: Angels lead the American League and rank third in the Majors with 209 home runs this season…Only the Braves (278) and Dodgers (224) have homered more. 45/20: With 44 home runs and 20 stolen bases on the season, Shohei Ohtani is one HR shy of his second career season with 45+ HR and 20+ SB (Ohtani had 46
HR & 26 SB in 2021)…He would join Ken Griffey Jr. and Alex Rodriguez as the only players with multiple 45 HR/20 SB seasons.

THE INJURED LIST: Angels currently have 13 players on the injured list and have used the IL a total of 34 times this year for 29 different players.

7-12, 4.31 ERA
Has surrendered two-or-fewer earned runs in seven of last 10 starts.

  • TODAY’S GAME: Making 26th start of the season and 15th on the road…Is in fifth Major League season with Angels…Made third Opening Day roster (also, 2020 & 2022).
  • LAST TIME OUT: Took loss on September 6 vs. Orioles, tossing 5.0 innings and surrendering seven runs (four earned) on seven hits, four walks, and three strikeouts.
  • LEFT IN THE PARK: Since start of 2022, is second in the Majors (min. 250 IP) with a 0.58 HR/9 innings rate… Has allowed just 10 HR this season, second-lowest in MLB…Has not allowed multiple home runs in a start since July 18, 2021…On August 1, allowed a home run to a left-handed batter (Michael Harris II, ATL) for the first time since Aug. 13, 2021 (Kyle Tucker, HOU).
  • VS. SEATTLE: In eight career starts vs. Seattle, is 0-4 with a 3.18 ERA (45.1 IP – 16 ER)…Took the loss on June 10 vs. Mariners after tossing 5.0 innings and surrendering five runs on 10 hits, no walks, and eight strikeouts… Last year, was 0-0 with a 1.10 ERA (16.1 IP – 2 ER) in three starts vs. Seattle…On June 6, 2021 at Angel Stadium (6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 10 SO); recorded 32 swings and misses in the start, which was the most for any MLB pitcher in a game that season.
  • AT T-MOBILE PARK: Today marks fourth career start at T-Mobile Park and first this season…Is 0-1 with a 1.47 ERA (18.1 IP – 3 ER) at T-Mobile Park.
  • SCORING CHANGE: Major League Baseball has made an official scoring change to Game 2 of the Angels doubleheader on July 27 at Detroit…In the bottom of the 3rd inning, Matt Vierling reached on what was originally ruled a single and a throwing error…This has been changed to a straight error on Patrick Sandoval…As a result, the two runs charged to Sandoval in that inning are now unearned.
  • THIRD AND FOURTH: This season, 27 of 79 (34%) of runs have come in the 3rd inning and 17 (22%) in the 4th inning.
  • IN THE ARSENAL: This season, has thrown changeups 26.3% of the time and is holding opponents to a .186 (31/167) average with 55 strikeouts…Throws sliders 26.4% of the time, with opponents batting .265 (39/147) against the pitch.
  • GROUND RULES: This year, ranks eighth in the American League (min. 130 IP) with a 47.8% ground ball rate… Since start of 2022, ranks fifth in A.L. (min. 250 IP) with a 47.5% ground ball rate.
  • GOOD NIGHT: This year, has a 3.86 ERA (95.2 IP – 41 ER) in night games, compared with a 5.50 ERA (36 IP – 22 ER) in day games…Last season, was 4-4 with a 2.50 ERA (72 IP – 20 ER) with 75 strikeouts in his 13 night starts, compared with a 2-5 record and 3.29 ERA (76.2 IP – 28 ER) in his 14 day games.
  • HOT SUMMER: Pitched to a 1.04 ERA (17.1 IP – 2 ER) and .136 opponent batting average (8/59) with 16 strikeouts in three starts in July…Holds a 3.40 ERA (79.1 IP – 30 ER) and .216 opponent batting average (64/296) with 93 strikeouts in the month of July in his career.
  • BACK IN THE WIN COLUMN: Earned the win on June 16 at Kansas City after tossing 7.0 scoreless innings…First scoreless start of the season and snapped streak of five straight starts with a losing decision.
  • HOME OPENER: Started Angels Home Opener on April 7 vs. Toronto…Tossed 6.0 innings and allowed one earned run…Marked second time starting Angels Home Opener (also, 2020 vs. Seattle).
  • WINNING STREAKS: Loss on April 20 at Yankees snapped streak of three straight winning decisions (dating back to last season), which was longest streak of career.


TONIGHT’S TILT…the Mariners continue a 7-day, 6-game homestand with the 2nd of 3 games against the Los Angeles Angels (0-1)…following an off day Thursday, the Mariners will host the Los Angeles Dodgers (3 G, 9/15-17) on the homestand…tonight’s game will be televised live on ROOT SPORTS with Aaron Goldsmith and Mike Blowers on the call…the game will also be broadcast live on Seattle Sports (710 AM) and with Rick Rizzs and Dave Sims on the call.

ODDS AND ENDS…the Mariners dropped last night’s game to the Angels by an 8-5 score in 11 innings… the Mariners are 16-10 over their last 26 games, 24-13 over their last 37, 26-14 over their last 40, 29-15 over their last 44, 32-17 over their last 49 and 41-23 over their last 64 games…the Mariners are 61-24 when scoring at least 4 runs and 18-41 when scoring 3-or-fewer…the Mariners are 39-30 at T-Mobile Park and 40-35 on the road this season…they are 26-25 in day games and 53-40 at night. It’s Gold, It’s Gold – Julio Rodríguez ranks T-2nd among AL outfielders in Outs Above Average (11)… Eugenio Suárez ranks 2nd among AL third basemen in OAA (7). Long Division – Of the Mariners 18 remaining regular season games, 15 are against AL West Division opponents (LAA 2, OAK 3, TEX 7, HOU 3). Getting Back on Track – Seattle looks to snap a season-high-tying 4-game losing streak tonight.

Roster Moves – C Luis Torrens was selected from Triple-A Tacoma, while C Brian O’Keefe was placed on the Paternity List…RHP Luke Weaver was claimed off waivers by the Yankees.

JULIO RODRÍGUEZ JOINS 30/30 CLUB…Julio Rodríguez went 4-for-5 last night, hitting his 30th home run of the season in the top of the 10th inning…Rodríguez has 30 homers and 36 stolen bases this season, becoming the 2nd player in Mariners history to join the 30/30 club along with Alex Rodriguez (42 HR, 46 SB) in 1998…Julio is also the 4th player age 22-or-younger to join the 30/30 club, joining Alex RodriguezSEA (1998), Mike Trout-LAA (2012) & Ronald Acuña Jr.-ATL (2019)…Julio, who wears #44, is the 44th individual to join the 30/30 club in MLB history.

CAL RALEIGH BREAKS OWN FRANCHISE RECORD…Cal Raleigh went 2-for-4 with his 28th home run of the season last night, setting a Mariners record for most home runs in a season by a catcher…Cal surpassed his own franchise record 27 home runs from last season…the Seattle backstop has 16 home runs over his last 45 games (7/22-c), sporting a .617 slugging percentage and .960 OPS during that span… with 2 more homers, #29 would become the 29th individual catcher in MLB history (min. 60% of games at catcher) with a 30+ home run season.

TEOSCAR HERNÁNDEZ EXTENDS ON-BASE STREAK TO 26…Teoscar Hernández went 0-for-3 with a walk and sacrifice fly last night, extending his on-base streak to 26 games (8/15-c), longest active on-base streak (via H, BB or HBP) in the Majors…during his active on-base streak, Teo is batting .377 (40×106) with 15 runs, 8 doubles, 8 home runs, 27 RBI and 6 walks, getting on base at a .410 clip, slugging .679 with a 1.090 OPS…since the start of August, the outfielder is batting .349 (51×146) with 11 doubles, 9 home runs, 28 RBI and a .993 OPS.

ON THE PITCH…the Mariners pitching staff leads the Majors in strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.57) and walksper-9 innings (2.54), ranking 2nd in ERA (3.75), 2nd in fWAR 19.5), 2nd in WHIP (1.19), 2nd in FIP (3.83), T-5th in opponent batting average (.237) and T-8th in strikeouts-per-9 innings (9.06).

NOW THAT’S QUALITY…the Mariners rank 2nd in the Majors with 68 quality starts this season, trailing only Minnesota (70)…Logan Gilbert (17 QS) and George Kirby (17) are tied for the team lead in going 6.0+ innings while allowing 3-or-fewer earned runs in a start, while Luis Castillo has notched 16…the Mariners have recorded 27 quality starts of 7.0+ innings, 3rd-most in MLB behind Houston (30) and Texas (29)… Kirby has 10 of those, 2nd-most in the American League behind Framber Valdez-HOU…Gilbert has 8 of those quality starts, while Castillo has 7.

YOUNG GUNS…Seattle pitchers age 26-or-younger lead the Majors in fWAR (13.5) by a wide margin, ranking ahead of Cleveland (8.7 fWAR), Los Angeles-NL (8.3) and Miami (8.1)…George Kirby (4.0) and Logan Gilbert (3.3) rank 1st and 2nd in the AL, respectively…Bryce Miller (2.1, T-8th), Matt Brash (1.9, T-11th), Andrés Muñoz (1.1, T-21st) and Bryan Woo (1.0, T-23rd) also rank in the top-25 in the AL.

BRASH APPROACHING THE CENTURY MARK…Mariners reliever Matt Brash is 9-4 with a 3.19 ERA (22 ER, 62.0 IP) with 25 walks and 97 strikeouts…he leads the Majors with his 70 appearances this season… with 3 more strikeouts, Brash would become just the 5th Mariners relief pitcher with 100+ strikeouts in a season, joining Bill Caudill (111 SO, 1982), J.J. Putz (104, 2006), Edwin Díaz (124, 2018) and Paul Sewald (104, 2021).

WELCOME TO THE J-ROD SHOW…Julio Rodríguez leads the American League in hits (168) this season, ranking ahead of Marcus Semien-TEX (167), Steven Kwan-CLE (156) and Bobby Witt Jr.-KC (156)…Julio ranks 2nd in the AL in total bases (295) behind Shohei Ohtani-LAA (325), T-5th in home runs, 3rd in RBI, 5th in runs and 3rd in stolen bases.

BUZZIN’ FOR A DOZEN…the Mariners have 12 players with 50+ plate appearances and a wRC+ of at least 100 this season, most in the Majors: Tom Murphy (139 wRC+), Julio Rodríguez (134), J.P. Crawford (130), Mike Ford (126), Cal Raleigh (119), Dylan Moore (114), Josh Rojas (112), Teoscar Hernández (112), Cade Marlowe (111), Jarred Kelenic (107), Ty France (102) and Eugenio Suárez (100).

I HAVE THE POWERRRRR…the Mariners have hit 83 home runs as a team since July 22, most home runs in the American League during that span, ranking ahead of Houston (77) and 2nd-most in the Majors behind only Atlanta (94)…Julio Rodríguez leads the AL with 17 homers in that span and Cal Raleigh ranks 2nd in the AL with 16 homers.

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS…the Mariners current homestand is highlighted by 3 Mariners Value Games from Sept. 11-13 vs. the Angels…also upcoming on the current homestand is Hispanic Heritage Day on Sept. 17, “Electric Factory” Shirt Night on Sept. 16 and a post-game drone show on Sept. 15.

AS YOU MAY KNOW…Julio Rodríguez went 4-for-5 with a double, home run and 2 RBI last night… over his last 40 games (7/25-c), Julio is batting .383 (70×183) with 37 runs, 15 doubles, 1 triple, 16 home runs, 46 RBI and 13 stolen bases with a 1.152 OPS, but…DID YOU KNOW?…that Julio is the only player in MLB history with 130+ total bases and 12+ stolen bases over a 40-game span?…the 22-year-old outfielder has tallied 135 total bases since July 25.

2023/Career MLB Breakdown:
Overall 2-4 4.50 14/14 70.0 61 38 35 22 68 9
Home 1-2 4.50 5/5 26.0 24 15 13 6 32 6
Road 1-2 4.50 9/9 44.0 37 23 22 16 36 3
vs. LAA 0-0 3.38 2/2 10.2 8 4 4 3 13 1


  • The 23-year-old right-handed pitcher is scheduled to make his 15th Major League start and 3rd career start against Los Angeles-AL. Selected by Seattle in the 6th round (174th overall) of the 2021 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Cal Poly University… signed by Mariners scout Chris Hom. Spent 3 seasons at Cal Poly before being drafted, making 31 appearances (6 GS) for the Mustangs. Did not pitch in 2021 while recovering from right elbow surgery.

LAST TIME OUT…L#4 in his 14th Major League start at Cincinnati, tossed 5.0 innings and allowed 5 runs on 4 hits (1 HR) and 3 walks.

DIVISIONAL RIVALS…is set to make his 6th start against an AL West opponent and his 3rd start against Los Angeles-AL… over his previous 5 starts Woo owns a 4.09 ERA (11 ER, 24.2 IP) with 6 walks and 26 strikeouts…he has faced each divisional rival at least once with the Angels being the only team he has faced multiple times. IN THE ZONE…has allowed 22 walks while striking out 68 batters in 14 starts…he currently has a 3.09 strikeout-towalk ratio…Woo also owns a 8.7 strikeouts-per-nine which ranks 3rd on team behind Luis Castillo (9.8) and Logan Gilbert (9.1)…Woo’s 2.8 walks-per-nine rank 5th among Mariners starters this season.

HIGH QUALITY…recorded his 3rd career quality start after pitching 6.0 innings and allowing just 3 hits and 1 walk in his outing on 8/28 against Oakland…his first career quality start came on 7/3 against San Francisco.

AUGUST REVIEW…Woo finished August with a 1.69 ERA (3 ER, 16.0 IP) and allowed just 4 walks with 14 strikeouts in 3 games started…his 1.69 ERA was the 5th best in the majors among pitchers who made at least 2 starts during the month…in those three games Woo did not give up a home run and he pitched at least 6.0 innings in two of those starts.

AMONG MARINERS GREATS…Woo’s 54 strikeouts are the 4th most in Mariners history in a pitcher’s first 10 career starts, he trails Michael Pineda (66), Félix Hernández (65) and Erik Hanson (57). IN THE WIN COLUMN…Woo earned his 1st career win on 6/22 against New York-AL…he carried a no hitter into the 6th inning before giving up a 1-out single to Gelyber Torres…he became the 5th Mariners pitcher this season to carry a no-hitter into the 6th inning (also: Bryce Miller, Logan Gilbert, Luis Castillo, Easton McGee).

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