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MLB Preview: Oakland Athletics (38-93) at Seattle Mariners (74-56)


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TODAY’S TILT…the Mariners continue a 6-game homestand (3-0) today with the first of 3 games against the Oakland Athletics…Seattle opened the homestand with a 3-game series sweep of the Kansas City Royals (Aug. 25-27)…following Wednesday’s series finale vs. Oakland, the Mariners will embark on a 10- game road trip at the New York Mets (3 G, Sept. 1-3), Cincinnati Reds (3 G, Sept. 4-6) and Tampa Bay Rays (4 G, Sept. 7-10)…tonight’s game vs. the A’s 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 Mariners.com with Rick Rizzs and Gary Hill Jr. on the call.

ODDS AND ENDS…the Mariners won yesterday’s game by a score of 3-2 to secure a sweep of the 3-game series vs. Kansas City…the Mariners are 11-1 in their last 12 games, 19-4 over their last 23, 21-5 over their last 26, 24-6 over their last 30, 27-8 over their last 35 and 36-14 over their last 50 games…the Mariners are 57-20 when scoring at least 4 runs and 17-36 when scoring 3-or-fewer…the Mariners are 37- 28 at T-Mobile Park and 37-28 on the road this season…they are 25-21 in day games and 49-35 at night. It’s Series Stuff – The Mariners have won 10 of their last 11 series and hold a 13-2-1 series record over their last 16 series dating back to June 30. Sweet Lou – Mariners Hall of Fame Manager Lou Piniella turns 80 years-old today…Lou racked up 840 career wins as Seattle’s skipper, the most managerial wins in club history. Topa Chico Sparkling Pitcher – Justin Topa has not allowed an earned run in his last 15.0 IP over 17 games since July 24.

NIFTY FIFTY…the Mariners are 36-14 (.720) over their last 50 games dating back to July 1, best record in the Majors during that span (7/1-c)…Seattle’s 36 wins over its last 50 games are the most in a 50-game span for the Mariners since tallying 36 wins in 50 games from April 23-June 18, 2003…since July 1, the Mariners offense leads the American League with a .818 OPS, trailing only Atlanta (.851) and Los Angeles-NL (.823) for the MLB lead…Mariners pitchers lead MLB in that span (7/1-c) with a 3.24 ERA (162 ER, 450.2 IP), ranking ahead of Toronto (3.40) and Baltimore (3.56).

CAL RALEIGH: SILVER IN HIS FUTURE?…Cal Raleigh leads Major League catchers with 25 home runs this season…over his last 32 games since July 22, Raleigh is batting .261 (31×119) with 23 runs, 7 doubles, 13 home runs and 28 RBI, getting on base at a .326 clip and slugging .647 (.973 OPS)…during that span, he leads the AL in home runs and is tied with Pete Alonso-NYM (13) for the MLB lead…with his 25th home run of the season on Saturday, Cal became the first catcher in Mariners history to tally 25+ home runs in back-to-back seasons.

LOOKING TO MAKE HISTORY IN AUGUST…Seattle is 19-5 (.792) during the month of August…the Mariners are scheduled to play 3 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.

CAREFUL WITH THAT PLATE, IT’S HOT…the Mariners are batting .289 (248×858) in 24 August games with 146 runs scored (6.1 runs/game), 49 doubles, 43 home runs and an .875 OPS…the Mariners lead the AL in average, slugging percentage (.501), OPS and runs, while leading the Majors in on-base percentage (.373) and wRC+ (146) in August…the Mariners last hit at least .290 as a team in a full calendar month in August 2007, when they batted .318 (326×1025) as a team…Seattle’s .875 OPS in August this season is on pace to be the 5th-best OPS in a calendar month in club history, trailing only May 1999 (.935), August 1994 (.900), May 1996 (.882) and July 1996 (.879 OPS).

AS YOU MAY KNOW…Mariners batters lead the American League with an .818 OPS in 50 games since July 1, while Mariners pitchers also lead the AL with a 3.24 ERA during that span (7/1-c), but…DID YOU KNOW?…over 50-games since July 1, the Mariners have posted their best 50-game stretch of play on both sides of the ball since the final 50 games of the 2001 season?…prior to the current stretch, Seattle had not posted an OPS of .818+ with an ERA of 3.24-or-lower within a 50-game span since Aug. 7-Oct. 7, 2001 when they posted a 3.01 ERA and an .824 OPS over the final 50 games of the 2001 season.


2023/Career MLB Breakdown:
Overall 1-3 4.58 12/12 59.0 54 33 30 18 63 8
Home 0-2 5.85 4/4 20.0 21 15 13 5 27 6
Road 1-1 3.92 8/8 39.0 33 18 17 13 36 2
vs. OAK 0-0 0.00 0/0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0

The 23-year-old right-handed pitcher is scheduled to make his 13th Major League start and 1st career start against Oakland. 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…ND in his 12th Major League start at Chicago-AL, tossed 4.0 innings and allowed 1 run on 3 hits and 1 walk with 3 strikeouts…this was his first start since being placed on the injured with right forearm inflammation on 8/8 (retroactive 8/5).

WEST COAST, BEST COAST…is set to make his 1st career start against Oakland…against teams from California, Woo owns a 3.33 ERA (6 ER, 16.2 IP) and has only given up 5 walks and 2 home runs while striking out 20…Woo was born in Oakland and played 3 seasons at Cal Poly.

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).

HIGH QUALITY…recorded his 2nd career quality start after pitching 6.0 innings and allowing just 1 earned run against Houston on 7/8…his first career quality start came on 7/3 against San Francisco.

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).

CAREER-HIGH PUNCHIES…recorded a new career high in strikeouts in his outing against the White Sox on 6/16 with 9…his Minor League career high is 11 which he achieved on 8/19/22 against Vancouver. IN THE ZONE…has allowed 18 walks while striking out 63 batters in 12 starts… he currently has a 3.50 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

WOO WHO?…Woo is ranked as the Mariners #6 overall prospect according to MLB. com and Seattle’s #7 overall prospect according to Baseball America.

PROSPECTING…became the 2nd top 10 Mariners prospect to debut this season… teammate Bryce Miller, who was ranked as the Mariners 2nd overall prospect by MLB.com, also debuted earlier this season.

POW POW…was named Mariners Minor League Pitcher of the Month in April and May while pitching for Double-A Arkansas…Woo was 0-0 with a 1.59 ERA (3 ER, 17.0 IP) with 27 strikeouts and 8 walks in 4 April starts and was 3-2 with a 2.33 ERA (7 ER, 27.0 IP) with 32 strikeouts and 8 walks in 5 starts in May.

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