Saturday, June 22, 2024
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MLB Preview: Oakland Athletics (10-38) at Seattle Mariners (22-24)

OAKLAND ATHLETICS NOTES:

ABOUT THE A’S: Were swept by Houston in a three-game series to start the road trip and have been swept seven times this year…have lost four straight, seven of the last eight and 12 of the last 14 games…are 4-15 (.211) in May after going 5-23 (.179) in April…are 10-38 (.208) overall, which is the worst record in the majors (Royals, 14-34/.292)…it is the worst record in Athletics history after 48 games and is tied for third worst by an AL, NL or FL team since 1901…it is the worst since the 1988 Orioles also started the year 10-38…the only AL or modern NL teams to have a winning percentage below .250 are the 1916 Philadelphia A’s (36-117, .235) and 1935 Boston Braves (38-115, .248)… are 1-14-0 in series play…lost each of the first 10 series, won two of three at Kansas City from May 5-7, and have lost each of the last four series.

OFFENSE: The A’s were shut out for the third time in the last 10 games yesterday and the seventh time this year, which is tied with the Mets for second most in the majors (Royals, 8)…are batting .207 (69-for-334) with 29 runs scored over the last 10 games (2.9 runs per game)…overall, have the fourth lowest OPS (.680), batting average (.227) and slugging percentage (.374) in the majors and the seventh lowest on-base percentage (.307)…have the second most strikeouts (452), the fourth fewest runs (176) and doubles (65) and are tied for the eighth fewest extra base hits (124)…are tied for the most sacrifice hits (11), tied for third in hit by pitches (27) and tied for fifth in intentional walks (7)…the seven intentional walks match the A’s season total from last year…A’s pinch hitters are tied for the most walks in the majors (8) and are tied for third in hits (10).

PITCHING: The A’s have compiled a 5.70 ERA (107 er in 169.0 ip) in May after posting a 7.97 ERA in April…have a 6.91 ERA for the season, which is the highest in the majors (Royals, 5.20)…according to the Elias Sports Bureau, the highest ERA by an AL or NL team since the earned run became an official stat is 6.70 by the 1930 Philadelphia Phillies…the A’s have allowed 344 runs, which is an average of 7.2 per game…are on pace to allow 1161 runs and the modern Major League record is 1199 by the 1930 Phillies…also have the highest opponents OPS (.876), batting average (.283), on-base percentage (.377) and slugging percentage (.499) in the majors this year…lead the majors in most walks (236), hit batters (33) and wild pitches (27) and have the sixth fewest strikeouts (362).

THE LONG BALL: The A’s pitching staff did not allow a home run yesterday for the first time since April 25, snapping a streak of 23 consecutive games with one or more home runs…that was the longest streak in Athletics history (previous: 17, July 26-Aug. 14, 1964) and tied for fourth longest in Major League history…surrendered 38 home runs during the streak and have allowed 81 for the season, which is the most in the majors (White Sox, 69)…have allowed six grand slams, which are the most in the majors (three teams with 3) and tied for fifth most in a season in Athletics history (8 in 1993 and 1999, 7 in 1954 and 1997).

STARTING PITCHING: A’s starting pitchers are 0-9 with a 5.89 ERA (48 er in 73.1 ip) in the 14 games since recording their only two wins of the season on May 5 and 6 at Kansas City…are 2-25 with a 7.26 ERA for the season…the ERA is the highest in the majors (Reds, 6.14) and no other team has fewer than six wins from its starters…have the seventh fewest innings pitched (235.2)… went 0-16 over the first 32 games.

THE BULLPEN: The A’s bullpen has compiled a 2.96 ERA (8 er in 24.1 ip) over the last six games but has a 6.49 ERA overall, which is the highest in the majors (White Sox, 5.30)…has a streak of 14 consecutive games without a save or blown save and is 4-for-13 (30.8%) in save opportunities overall…has the lowest save percentage and fewest saves in the majors and the nine blown saves are tied for eighth most…has allowed 41-of-97 (42.3%) inherited runners to score, which is the sixth highest percentage…is tied for the second most inherited runners (Reds, 100)…has 187.1 innings pitched, which is fourth most.

ON THE BASES: The A’s stole five bases in the three-game series at Houston and are 47-for-58 (81.0%) in stolen bases for the season…rank third in the majors in stolen bases and attempts and 10th in stolen base percentage…the 47 steals are the most by an A’s team over the first 48 games since 1992 (54)…A’s opponents are 40-for-56 (71.4%) in stolen base attempts, which is the sixth lowest success rate in the majors…the 16 caught stealings are second most (Rockies, 18) but the A’s are tied for the sixth most stolen bases allowed…A’s pitchers have four pickoffs, which is tied for fifth most in the majors.

HOME AND AWAY: The A’s are 0-3 on this seven-game road trip to Houston (0-3) and Seattle (four games) and now have a seven-game road losing streak, which is the longest by an A’s team since April 14-May 1, 2019 when they also lost seven straight…went 2-4 on the last road trip to Kansas City (2-1) and New York-AL (0-3) and are 5-18 (.217) on the road, which is the worst road record in the majors (White Sox, 7-16/.304)…return home following the game Thursday for a six-game homestand against Houston (three games) and Atlanta (three games)…went 2-5 on the last homestand against Texas (1-3) and Arizona (1-2) and are 5-20 (.200) at home, which is the lowest home winning percentage in the majors (Royals, 6-17/.261)…have compiled a 5.99 ERA at home compared to 8.05 (170 er in 190.0 ip) on the road…are hitting .212 with 82 runs in 25 home games (3.3 runs per game) compared to .244 (190-for-780) with 94 runs in 23 road games (4.1 runs per game).

WINNING LATE: The A’s have scored the winning run in their final at bat in seven of their 10 wins…have five wins when tied after seven innings, three when trailing after seven innings and two when leading after seven inning…are tied for the most wins in the majors when tied after seven innings and are tied for sixth in wins when trailing after seven innings…however, no other team has fewer than 11 wins when leading after seven innings…are 3-4 (.429) in extra inning games…are tied second in the majors in extra inning games (7) and losses and tied for fifth in wins…have four walk-off wins, which is tied for the most in the majors (Blue Jays, Red Sox)

RUN DIFFERENTIAL: Seven of the A’s 10 wins have been by one run and Oakland is 7-8 (.467) in one-run games…are tied for eighth in the majors in one-run losses, rank ninth in games (15) and tied for 10th in wins…however, have lost 10 games by eight or more runs and have a run differential of -168, which is the lowest in the majors (Royals, -71)…the lowest in Athletics history is -344 by the 1915 Philadelphia A’s and the lowest by an AL or NL team since 1901 is -349 by the 1932 Boston Red Sox.

NIGHT AND DAY: The A’s are 9-18 (.333) in night games and 1-20 (.048) during the day…are batting .258 (244-for-944) with 126 runs in 27 night games (4.7 runs per game), .183 (122-for-667) with 50 runs in 21 day games (2.4 runs per game)…have the lowest day batting average in the majors and the seventh best night batting average.

PLAYERS USED: The A’s have used 43 players, which is the most in the majors (Mets, 41)…employed a franchise record 64 players last year…28 of the 43 have been pitchers, which is also the most in the majors (Rays and Rockies, 25)…tied an Athletics record with 34 pitchers last year…12 of the 43 are rookies after using an Oakland-record 34 rookies last year…seven have made their Major League debuts…had 23 do that last year.

A’S VS. MARINERS

  • The A’s were swept in a three-game series in Oakland May 2-4 to open the season series.
  • Lost the season series last year for the second consecutive year and are 12-29 (.293) against the Mariners over the last three seasons.
  • Have lost 12 of the last 16 games in Seattle.
  • Have lost eight of the previous 10 season series and are 74-110 (.402) against the Mariners dating back to the start of the 2013 season, which is the A’s worst mark against any American League team over that span.

Year Home Road Totals
2023 0-3 0-0 0-3
2022 4-5 4-6 8-11
Oakland History: 378-334
at the Coliseum: 202-153
at T-Mobile Park: 99-114

TODAY’S TIDBITS
Ryan Noda leads Major League rookies in on-base percentage (.399) and walks (31)…Brent Rooker ranks sixth in the majors in slugging (.567), seventh in OPS (.958) and tied for 11th in home runs (11)…Esteury Ruiz leads ML rookies in hits (54), stolen bases (24), doubles (13) and hit by pitches (10), ranks third in batting (.286) and tied for fourth in RBI (22)…the 24 steals are the most by an Athletic over the club’s first 48 games since Rickey Henderson had 45 in 1982.

TODAY’S STARTING PITCHER: Kyle Muller (1-3, 7.71 ERA)

FOR STARTERS: Is scheduled to make his 10th start of the season…his nine starts are tied for the most in the majors among rookies…also ranks fifth in innings pitched (42.0) and tied for eighth in strikeouts (30)…had just 11 career starts entering the season…was acquired from Atlanta in the three-team, nine-player trade on Dec. 12, 2022 that sent Sean Murphy to the Braves.

RANKINGS: Based on a minimum of 40.0 innings pitched, he has the highest ERA (7.71), opponents batting average (.349) and on-base percentage (.419) in the majors, the second highest OPS (.950) and ninth highest slugging percentage (.531)…has struck out 30 and walked 21 in 42.0 innings and has the fifth lowest strikeout-to-walk ratio (1.43)…ranks sixth in most runs allowed (36) and tied for seventh in most hits (61).

HOME AND AWAY: Is 0-1 with a 5.70 ERA (15 er in 23.2 ip) and .880 opponents OPS in five starts at home compared to 1-2 with a 10.31 ERA (21 er in 18.1 ip) and 1.041 OPS in four starts on the road.

EARLY AND LATE: Has a 4.67 ERA (14 er in 27.0 ip) over innings one through three and a 13.20 ERA (22 er in 15.0 ip) from the fourth inning on…has a .264 (19-for-72) opponents batting average and .799 OPS the first time through the order, .309 (21-for-68) with an .868 OPS the second time and .600 (21- for-35) with a 1.399 OPS after that.

BY MONTH: Had a no decision in his one start in March and allowed one run in 5.0 innings for a 1.80 ERA and .485 OPS…then went 0-2 with a 7.23 ERA and .976 OPS in five starts in April…is currently 1-1 with a 10.80 ERA (16 er in 13.1 ip) and 1.047 OPS in three starts in May.

THIS AND THAT: Has tossed 4.0 innings in each of his last two starts and has tossed fewer than five innings in four of his nine starts…has pitched 5.2 innings or fewer in all nine starts this year and all 20 in his career…has struck out three batters or fewer in seven of his nine starts…has surrendered one home run in each of his last seven starts…the A’s are 3-6 in his starting assignments.

2023 DAY-BY-DAY: Was the A’s Opening Day starting pitcher and had a no decision in the A’s 2-1 win over Los Angeles (AL) on March 30 in Oakland… became the first rookie pitcher in Oakland history to make a start on Opening Day…prior to that, the last Athletic rookie to start an opener was Eddie Smith on April 19, 1937 for the Philadelphia A’s…had just 11 career starts entering the opener and the only Opening Day starting pitchers in Oakland history with fewer career starts entering the game are Sonny Gray (2014), Carlos Reyes (1996) and Vida Blue (1971), who all had 10 career starts… tossed a career-high tying 5.2 innings on April 5 against Cleveland…allowed a season-high six runs in a season-low 4.0 innings on April 11 at Baltimore but had his third straight no decision in the A’s 12-8 loss…was charged with his first loss of the season on April 17 against Chicago (NL) when he allowed a season-high tying six runs on a career-high 13 hits in a season-low tying 4.0 innings in a 10-1 loss…also logged a season-high 98 pitches…the hits were second most in Oakland history by a pitcher with 4.0 innings pitched or fewer (Adrian Martinez had 14 in 3.2 innings on Sept. 10, 2022 vs. Chicago-AL)…walked a season-high four batters on April 23 at Texas and lost his second consecutive start…left his start on April 29 against Cincinnati with a 2-1 lead but Familia allowed two runs in the ninth for the blown save in a 3-2 A’s loss…finished April with an 0-2 record, a 7.23 ERA and .976 opponents OPS in five starts…picked up his first win of the season in the A’s 12-8 victory at Kansas City on May 5, despite allowing five runs on eight hits and three walks in 5.1 innings…struck out a season-high six but allowed a season-high tying six runs in a season-low tying 4.0 innings in an 11-3 loss at New York (AL) on May 10.

LAST START: He had a no decision in the A’s 9-8 loss to Arizona last Tuesday in Oakland…allowed five runs on eight hits in a season-low tying 4.0 innings… allowed a two-run home run to Walker in the first but the A’s came back with single runs in the first, third and fourth to take a 3-2 lead…then allowed a two-run double to Rivera in the fifth and was relieved by Action with the A’s trailing 4-3.

SEATTLE MARINERS NOTES:

TONIGHT’S TILT…the Mariners open a 10-game homestand tonight with the first of 4 games Oakland Athletics…Seattle will also host Pittsburgh (May 26-28) and New York-AL (May 29-31) on the current homestand…Seattle is coming off an 11-day, 9-game road trip (4-5) to Detroit (2-1), Boston (1-2) and Atlanta (1-2)…tonight’s game will be televised live on ROOT SPORTS with Aaron Goldsmith and Ryan Rowland-Smith on the call…the game will also be broadcast live on Seattle Sports (710 AM) and Mariners.com with Rick Rizzs and Dave Sims.

ODDS AND ENDS…the Mariners fell to the Braves by a 3-2 score in yesterday’s rubber match in Atlanta… Seattle is 10-12 at T-Mobile Park and 12-12 on the road this season……Seattle is 17-8 when scoring 4+ runs in a game and 5-16 when scoring 3-or-fewer.

  • Getting Series – The Mariners own a 6-9 series record this season.
  • Bad Luck – Julio Rodríguez leads the Mariners with a 49.2% hard-hit rate this season, while batting .204 on the year…Julio holds a .262 expected batting average (xBA) according to Baseball Savant, .058 points above his actual batting average…the .058 point differential makes Julio the most-unlucky player in the Majors this season (min. 170 PA)…xBA is computed with the exit velocity and launch angle of each batted ball in relation to historical balls in play, plus actual outcomes of strikeouts, walks and hit-by-pitches.

VS. OAKLAND…the Mariners are 3-0 against the A’s this season after sweeping a 3-game set from May 2-4…the Mariners have held Oakland to 3 runs or fewer in each of their 3 matchups this season, while posting a +8 run differential across the 3 wins…AJ Pollock led the Mariners offense with a 1.694 OPS over the 3-game set in Oakland, going 3-for-8 with 1 double, 2 home runs, 2 RBI and 1 walk.

J.K. ROLLING…Jarred Kelenic hit his 9th home run of the season yesterday, going 1-for-4 with 1 run, 1 home run and 1 RBI…overall this season, he holds a 144 wRC+, ranking 5th among American League outfielders behind Aaron Judge-NYY (178), Brent Rooker-OAK (167), Randy Arozarena-TB (164) and Yordan Alvarez-HOU (162)…in 44 games this season, Kelenic is batting .286 (46×161) with 23 runs, 12 doubles, 1 triple, 9 home runs, 22 RBI, 6 stolen bases and 12 walks, getting on base at a .337 clip, slugging .540 with an .878 OPS…he leads the Mariners in extra-base hits (22), batting average, slugging percentage, OPS and total bases (87).

DEATH CABBY FOR CUTIE…Jose Caballero picked up his first career home run with a solo shot in the 8th inning of yesterday’s game…despite playing only 23 games this season, he has already compiled 0.9 fWAR, ranking T3rd-best among American League second basemen behind only Marcus Semien-TEX (2.4) and Taylor Walls-TB (1.5)…overall this season, Cabby is batting .278 (15×54) with 10 runs scored, 3 doubles, 1 home run, 7 RBI, 8 walks and 2 hit-by-pitch, while reaching base at a .379 clip and slugging .389 with a .768 OPS…he also holds a 1.000 fielding percentage defensively, having not committed an error in 73 total chances.

THE PITCHING STAFF…the Mariners have the best pitching staff in the Major Leagues by fWAR (8.9), ranking ahead of 2nd-place Minnesota (7.9)…Seattle also leads the Majors in Fielding Independent Pitching (3.30), fewest walks (118), walks-per-9 innings (2.57), fewest home runs (33), home runs-per-9 innings (0.72), fewest barrels (73) and barrel per plate appearance (4.3%)…the pitching staff ranks 3rd in WHIP (1.18) and 2nd in strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.45) behind Houston (3.48)…Mariners starting pitchers are 2nd in the Majors in fWAR (6.1) trailing Minnesota (6.5)…Mariners relief pitchers rank 2nd in the Majors in fWAR (2.7) trailing Baltimore (3.3).

MAY HEAT…over his last 17 games dating back to May 3, Teoscar Hernández is batting .323 (21×65) with 8 runs, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run, 8 RBI, 5 walks and 1 stolen base, getting on base at a .366 clip, slugging .431 with an .799 OPS…during that span, Hernández has hit safely in 14 of 17 games, including 6 games with multiple hits…overall in the month of May, Teo leads Mariners batters in hits (21) and batting average (.304), ranking ahead of Ty France (20 H, .263 AVG) in both categories.

26-AND-UNDER…Seattle pitchers age 26-or-younger have compiled Major League-leading 5.7 FanGraphs Wins Above Replacement this season, leading by a wide margin over Houston (3.8), Atlanta (3.0), Los Angeles-NL (2.9) and Cincinnati (2.9)…the Mariners starting rotation boast 3 of the top 5 pitchers age 26-or-younger in the Majors this season: George Kirby (1.9) lead the pack, followed by Logan Gilbert (3rd, 1.7) and Bryce Miller (T5th, 1.2).

“STOP IT!”…the Mariners have the best defense in the American League by Outs Above Average (13) this season, ranking ahead of Tampa Bay (11) in the AL and trailing only San Diego (17) for the Major League lead…third baseman Eugenio Suárez is the best defender in the American League by OAA (7) among all players, regardless of position…Julio Rodríguez (3) ranks in the top-10 among American League outfielders…Seattle’s .990 fielding percentage is tied for 4th-highest in the Majors (also: Houston & Arizona), trailing San Diego (.993), Tampa Bay (.991) and New York-NL (.991).

BIG DUMPER…Cal Raleigh has been one of the best catchers in the American League this season, posting a .783 OPS in 39 games…he’s batting .233 (31×133) with 23 runs, 7 doubles, 1 triple, 7 home runs, 22 RBI and 18 walks, getting on base at a .325 clip with a .459 slugging percentage…since the start of last season, Cal’s 34 home runs lead Major League catchers…on May 15 at Boston, Raleigh became the first catcher in the 112-year history of Fenway Park to homer from both sides of the plate in a game.

THE HOMESTAND…the Mariners begin a 10-game homestand today with 4 consecutive Value Games against the Oakland Athletics (May 22-25), including AANHPI Heritage Night on Tuesday, May 23… Seattle then welcomes the Pittsburgh Pirates for 3 games (May 26-28), featuring Sing-Along Fireworks Night on Friday, May 26, J.P. Crawford POP! Collectible Night on Saturday, May 27 and Little League Day on Sunday, May 28…the Mariners wrap up the homestand with 3 games against the New York Yankees from May 29-31…tickets for all upcoming games can be found at Mariners.com/Tickets.

AS YOU KNOW…Luis Castillo takes the mound for the Mariners today making his 10th start of the season, and…AS YOU MAY KNOW…Castillo’s last start was his 20th start with Seattle…Luis is 6-4 with a 3.23 ERA (42 ER, 117.0 IP) with 28 walks, 135 strikeouts and a .1.077 WHIP over his first 20 starts with Seattle, and…DID YOU KNOW?…Castillo’s 135 strikeouts over his first 20 starts with Seattle are 2nd-most in club history?…Castillo’s 135 strikeouts trail only Robbie Ray’s 136 strikeouts in his first 20 games, while ranking ahead of Félix Hernández (124), Michael Pineda (123) and George Kirby (109).

MARINERS STARTER – RHP LUIS CASTILLO
ABOUT CASTILLO…

  • The 30-year-old right-hander is set to make his 10th start of the season, 1st against the Athletics…he is also making his 158th Major League start and 4th career start against Oakland.
  • Has been named an All-Star in 2019 and 2022.
  • Originally signed as an international free agent by the San Francisco Giants on 12/23/11.
  • Made MLB debut on 6/23/17 vs. Washington (w/ Cincinnati)
  • Signed a 5-year contract extension with the Seattle Mariners on Sept. 24, 2022 after being acquired in a trade with Cincinnati on July 30, 2022.

LAST TIME OUT…L#2 in last start on 5/16 at Boston…allowed 6 hits, 7 runs (5 earned), 2 walks, and 3 home runs in 5.0 innings pitched while striking out 6.

FEELING RIGHT AT HOME…is set to make his 12th start at T-Mobile Park where he has a 4-1 record with a 2.00 ERA (14 ER, 67.1 IP) and has only given up 4 home runs and 11 walks while striking out 85 batters…Castillo’s 2.00 ERA is the lowest in franchise history among pitchers with at least 11 starts at T-Mobile Park ranking ahead of Chris Young (2.40).

STILL ROLLING…has only allowed 11 walks while striking out 58 batters in 9 starts this season…his 11 walks are tied for the 7th fewest in the American League with Kevin Gausman-TOR…his 52 strikeouts on the season ranks 15th in the American League…Castillo’s 5.27 strikeout-to-walk ratio ranks 7th in the American League behind Framber Valdez-HOU (6.00).

OFF TO A GOOD START…his 135 strikeouts through his first 20 Mariners starts are the 2nd most in Mariners history through a pitchers first 20 starts…he trails only Robbie Ray (136) and ranks ahead of Félix Hernández (124) and Michael Pineda (123).

MAKING THEM EARN IT…has only allowed 19 earned runs through 9 starts this season which is tied 10th in the American League…his 3.31 ERA (19 ER, 51.2 IP) ranks 16th in the American League behind Cristian Javier-HOU (3.25).

KEEPING THE BASES CLEAN…has only allowed 56 runners to reach base safely through 9 starts this season which is the 6th fewest in the American League, he also ranks among American League leaders in opponents average (14th, .219/43×196) and WHIP (11th, 1.045).

DOMINATE THE ZONE…had 38 strikeouts in 6 starts in March/April which is the second most strikeouts to start a season in his career…his career-high in strikeouts for March/April is 50 which he achieved in 7 games to start the 2019 season.

KEEPING THEM IN THE YARD…gave up his first home run of the season on 4/28, breaking a 5-game span of allowing no home runs…this was his longest span of games to start a season without giving up a home run in his career.

NEARLY PERFECT…carried a perfect game into the 7th inning in his start against Colorado on 4/16…earned his second win of the season after pitching 7.0 scoreless innings and allowing only 2 hits while striking out a season-high 9 batters…the last pitcher to throw a perfect game in the Majors was Félix Hernández on 8/15/12.

HOT START…did not allow a run in either of his first 2 starts to begin the season, becoming just the third Mariners pitcher to do that, joining Félix Hernández (2007) and James Paxton (2017).

PREVIOUSLY ON OPENING DAY…became just the 3rd Mariners starter to hold the opponent scoreless in an Opening Day start, joining Félix Hernández (2007, 2013 & 2018) and Randy Johnson (1995)…he is the first player in franchise history to toss 6.0+ scoreless innings while allowing 1-or-fewer hits on Opening Day…his game score of 76 was the highest of any Opening Day starter this season.

FOR OPENERS…made his 3rd career Opening Day start on 4/30 vs. CLE and his first with the Mariners, becoming the 18th different pitcher to start on Opening Day in franchise history.

THE STONE WAS ROLLING…began his start on 9/7/22 vs. Chicago-AL by striking out the first 7 batters he faced, setting a franchise record for most strikeouts to begin a start, passing Michael Pineda (5 on 7/9/11 at LAA)…the 7 strikeouts also tied the AL record for most strikeouts to begin a game (done 4x, last: Blake Snell-TB, 6/3/18 vs. SEA).

A PERFORMANCE FOR THE AGES…ND on 8/9/22 against New York-AL in his home debut after being acquired by the Mariners on 7/30/22…tossed 8.0
scoreless innings allowing just 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out 7 on 110 pitches, 72 for strikes…marked the 5th time in his career he has thrown 8.0+ innings, and just the 2nd time he has tossed 8.0+ scoreless innings (also: 9/21/18 at MIA)…induced 20 swings-and-misses, the third most he has induced in a game this season.

MAIDEN VOYAGE…struck out 8 in his first start with the Mariners on 8/3/22 at New York-AL…8 strikeouts are tied for the 3rd-most in a Mariners debut (also: Cliff Lee), trailing Andy Benes and Enrique Romo who struck out 9…Benes and Castillo both made their Mariners debuts on Aug. 3, after being acquired by the Mariners at the trade deadline.

NOW THAT’S QUALITY…recorded 8-consecutive quality starts from 6/28-8/15/22, a career-best streak (previous: 5, 2x (8/14-9/5/21 and 6/15-7/6/21 w/ CIN)…tossed a quality start in each of his first 3 starts with Seattle (8/3-8/15/22).

LA PIEDRA…tossed 7.0 innings and allowed 1 run in 3-consecutive starts from 7/3-7/14/22, striking out 22 batters over the 3 starts…3-consecutive starts of 7.0+ innings while allowing no more than 1 run was tied for the longest streak in the Majors with 7 other pitchers…marked the 1st time in his career he has tossed 7.0+ innings in 3-consecutive starts.

SEASON-HIGH PUNCHIES…struck out a season-high 11 batters on 6/28/22 at Chicago-NL over 6.0 scoreless innings (with CIN)…marked the 2nd-time he struck out 10+ in 2022, and the 14th time in his career…induced 23 swings-and-misses according to Baseball Savant, tied for the 6th-most he has induced in a game in his career (most: 26, 2x 7/15/19 and 8/5/19).

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