Friday, June 21, 2024
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MLB Preview: Seattle Mariners (20-19) at Detroit Tigers (17-21)

SEATTLE MARINERS NOTES:

TODAY’S TILT…the Mariners continue an 11-day, 9-game road trip with the last of 3 games against the Detroit Tigers (2-0)…Seattle will also visit the Boston Red Sox (3 G, May 15-17) and Atlanta Braves (3 G, May 19-21) on the road trip…today’s game will be televised live on ROOT SPORTS with Dave Sims and Mariners Hall of Famer Dan Wilson on the call and broadcast live on Seattle Sports (710 AM) and Mariners.com with Rick Rizzs and Aaron Goldsmith.

ODDS AND ENDS…the Mariners defeated the Tigers by a 5-0 score in yesterday’s middle game…the Mariners are 9-3 over their last 12 games…Seattle is 10-12 at T-Mobile Park and 10-7 on the road this season…the Mariners have also won 6 consecutive road games (4/30-c).

  • Reaching For The Brooms – The Mariners go for their 3rd series sweep of the season…they swept 3-game series vs. Colorado (April 14-16) and at Oakland (May 2-4).
  • You’ve Been Blank’d – Seattle earned its 4th shutout win of the season yesterday.
  • Above .500 – The Mariners (20-19) are above .500 for the first time since they were 1-0.
  • I Got 5 On It – Seattle has won back-to-back games by 5+ runs for the first time since Sept. 1-2, 2022 at Detroit (W 7-0) and at Cleveland (W 6-1).
  • Happy Mother’s Day – The Mariners are 23-21 all-time on Mother’s Day…last season, Seattle won 2-1 in 10 innings vs. Tampa Bay in George Kirby’s MLB debut…Ty France supplied the walk-off single.

RINSE AND RE-PETE…the Mariners have the best pitching staff in the Major Leagues by fWAR (8.5), ranking ahead of 2nd-place Minnesota (6.7) by a wide margin…Seattle pitchers also lead the Majors in WHIP (1.14), walks-per-9 innings (2.61), Fielding Independent Pitching (3.18), xFIP (3.74), soft-contact percentage (19.7), swing percentage (49.3), zone percentage (44.6), fewest barrels (53) and barrel rate (5.4%)…they rank 2nd in ERA (3.25) to Tampa Bay (3.17)…Mariners starting pitchers rank 2nd in fWAR 5.7) behind Minnesota (5.9)…Mariners relief pitchers rank 1st in fWAR (2.8) ahead of Baltimore (2.5)… Seattle’s pitching staff leads the Majors in ERA (2.34) during the month of May.

DOMINATE THE ZONE…Bryce Miller, Justin Topa and Matt Brash stymied the Tigers offense yesterday, holding them scoreless with just 3 hits, no walks and 6 strikeouts…it marked the 5th time Seattle did not walk a batter, tied for 2nd-most occurrences in the Majors this season and improving to 4-1 in those contests…as a pitching staff, Seattle has surrendered 2-or-fewer walks in 6 consecutive games (5/7-c), the longest streak in the Majors this season…the franchise record for most consecutive games surrendering 2-or-fewer walks is 11 games, set twice: July 9-22, 2003 and Sept. 5-16, 2011.

J.K. ROLLING…Jarred Kelenic hit a 2-run homer in yesterday’s win, giving the Mariners a 2-0 lead in the 3rd inning…in 37 games this season, Kelenic is batting .289 (39×135) with 16 runs, 11 doubles, 1 triple, 8 homers, 20 RBI, 5 stolen bases and 10 walks, getting on base at a .340 clip, slugging .563 with a .903 OPS…the 23-year-old outfielder leads the Mariners in total bases (76), extra-base hits (20), doubles, batting average, slugging percentage, OPS and OPS+ (150), and is tied for the team lead in home runs with Teoscar Hernández…two years ago today (May 14, 2021), Jarred went 3-for-5 with 2 doubles, 1 home run and 3 RBI in his second career Major League game…he became the youngest American League player with 3+ extra-base hits out of the leadoff spot since Rickey Henderson-OAK on Sept. 7, 1979.

TRÉ-OSCAR…Teoscar Hernández went 3-for-4 with a home run and 2 RBI in yesterday’s win…it was Teo’s first 3+ hit game since joining the Mariners…the outfielder is tied with Jarred Kelenic for the team lead in home runs (8)…4 of Teo’s home runs have come against right-handed pitchers and 4 have come against left-handed pitchers…4 have been hit at T-Mobile Park and 4 have been hit on the road.

TY EXTENDS HITTING STREAK TO TEN…Ty France went 1-for-4 yesterday, extending his hitting streak to 10 games (5/3-c)…he is batting .375 (15×40) with 5 runs, 1 double, 1 home run and 4 RBI during the streak, getting on base at a .432 clip, slugging .475 with a .907 OPS since May 3…the Mariners first baseman has 4 multi-hit games in that span…France and Nathaniel Lowe-TEX are the only players with multiple 10+ game hitting streaks this season…France hit safely in 11 consecutive games from April 2-14…Lowe has put together his hitting streaks from April 4-16 (11 G) and April 30-c (12+ G).

PLAYMAKERS…the Mariners lead the American League in fielding percentage (.991), committing just 13 errors in 1,419 total chances…Seattle ranks ahead of Tampa Bay (.990) and Kansas City (.990) in the American League, trailing only San Diego (.992) for the Major League lead…Seattle’s 15 Defensive Runs Saved are 5th-most in the Majors, while its 13 Outs Above Average are 2nd-most in the Majors, trailing only San Diego (14).

PHEW…WHAT A RELIEF…by FanGraphs Wins Above Replacement, Seattle has 3 of the top-8, and 5 of the top-19, relief pitchers in the American League: Matt Brash (0.8 fWAR, T2nd), Trevor Gott (0.6, T6th), Paul Sewald (0.6, T6th), Gabe Speier (0.5, T9th) and Justin Topa (0.5, T9th)…Brash’s 17.32 strikeoutsper-9 innings leads the Majors among pitchers with at least 10.0 IP…Speier’s first-pitch strike percentage (82.0) ranks 2nd in the AL (min. 10 IP)…in 19 appearances, Sewald is 2-0, 9-for-9 in save opportunities and has held opponents to a .176 (12×68) batting average.

THE UNICORN…Bryce Miller tossed 7.0 scoreless innings in yesterday’s 5-0 win, allowing just 3 hits with no walks and 3 strikeouts on 82 pitches (57 strikes)…in 3 starts to begin his Major League career, Miller is 2-0 with a 0.47 ERA (1 ER, 19.0 IP) with 1 walk and 18 strikeouts…he’s allowed 0.421 walks and hits per inning pitched, the lowest mark through a pitcher’s first 3 career starts in Major League history (min. 15 IP), surpassing Joe Ryan-MIN (0.529) in 2021…Miller is the first pitcher to allow no more than 3 baserunners (via H, BB or HBP) in 6.0+ IP in each of his first 3 career MLB appearances, via Elias Sports…Miller has faced 64 batters and has only allowed 3 to reach second base, via Aaron Goldsmith

MARINERS STARTER – RHP LOGAN GILBERT
ABOUT LOGAN GILBERT…

  • The 26-year-old right-handed pitcher is scheduled to make his 8th start of the season and 1st against Detroit…he will also make the 64th start of his MLB career and 3rd career start against the Tigers.
  • 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…L#2 in 7th start of the season against Texas on 5/8, tossing 6.2 innings and allowing 2 runs on 3 hits with 1 walk and 10 strikeouts.

7 STRAIGHT STRIKEOUTS…he struck out 7 consecutive batters from the 2nd-4th innings in his last start…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.

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

AMONG MARINERS GREATS…with his 8 strikeouts in his outing on 4/18 vs. MIL Logan passed Randy Johnson for the 3rd most strikeouts through a pitchers first 60 Mariners starts with 330…he trails only Félix Hernández (351) and Erik Hanson (349).

STRIKEOUT STREAK…in each of his first 7 starts this season, Gilbert has recorded at least 6 strikeouts…this marks the first time in his career that he has pitched 7 straight games with 6+ strikeouts…the active 7-game streak is tied for the 2nd longest streak among starting pitchers in the Majors this season with Spencer Strider-ATL…he trails only Pablo López-MIN who has an 8-game streak.

KEEPING THE BASES CLEAN…has only allowed 40 baserunners through his first 7 starts this season which ranks 1st among Mariners starting pitchers with at least 6 starts…he ranks ahead of George Kirby (46)…his 40 baserunners allowed is tied for 7th in the Major Leagues among pitchers who have made at least 6 starts this season with Dustin May-LAD, Drew Smyly-CHC, and Spencer Strider-ATL.

ON A ROLL…Logan’s 50 strikeouts so far this season ranks second among Mariners starting pitchers…he trails only Luis Castillo (52)…his 34 strikeouts in March/April was a new career high to start the season.

QUALITY AND QUANTITY…has recorded four quality starts this season which is 2nd most on the team trailing only George Kirby (6)…had 16 quality starts in 2022 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.

DECISIONS, DECISIONS…is 1-2 on the season…his 3 decisions this season are tied for the 6th fewest in the Major Leagues among starting pitchers with at least 6 starts…he is also tied for the 2nd fewest decisions among Mariners pitchers with a least 6 starts with Luis Castillo and trailing only Marco Gonzales (2).

DETROIT TIGERS NOTES:

TIGERS SHUT OUT BY SEATTLE: The Tigers were blanked by the Mariners, 5-0, on Saturday. Alex Faedo turned in a quality start for Detroit, but took the loss, allowing three runs on four hits with a walk and seven strikeouts in 6.0 innings. Tyler Holton struck out four in a perfect 1.2 innings. Offensively, Riley Greene went 1×4 with a double, while Javier Baez and Spencer Torkelson each had a hit.

GREENE MACHINE: Riley Greene went 1×4 with a double in yesterday’s game. Greene has recorded at least one hit in 14 of his last 16 games, batting .333/.382/.460 with five doubles, a homer and nine RBI. Since April 26, Greene ranks 12th in the American League in batting average.

QUALITY WORK FROM FAEDO: Making his second start of the season, Alex Faedo turned in a quality start yesterday against Seattle, giving up three runs on four hits with a walk and a career high tying seven strikeouts in 6.0 innings. Through two starts, Faedo has given up only seven hits in 10.2 innings, posting a 0.75 WHIP and holding opponents to a .179 (7×39) batting average.

HOLTEN HOLDS IT DOWN: Tyler Holton threw 1.2 innings in relief for the second consecutive game yesterday against the Mariners, retiring all five batters he faced with a career-high four strikeouts. Of his 10 outings this season, seven of them have been multiple inning stints.

TIGERS AND MARINERS: The Tigers and Mariners conclude their first series of the season today. After today’s game, the two teams will next meet in Seattle to open the second half of the season from July 14-16. Detroit went 1-6 against the Mariners last season, including being swept in a three-game series at Comerica Park.

AT COMERICA PARK: The Tigers are 0-2 on their current five-game homestand, which includes three games vs. Seattle (0-2) and two games vs.
Pittsburgh (May 16-17). Detroit has an 8-9 record at home this season. As a team, the Tigers are hitting .238/.298/.377 at Comerica Park, while the pitching staff has a 4.59 ERA (157.0IP/80ER).

ON DECK: After an off day tomorrow, the Tigers continue their homestand on Tuesday against the Pirates. Detroit won three-of-four games from Pittsburgh last season, including splitting a two-game series at Comerica Park.

TIGERS ON THE IL:

  • RHP Beau Brieske (right upper arm discomfort, 15-day IL on March 30, retroactive to March 27)
  • OF Kerry Carpenter (right shoulder sprain, 10-day IL on April 29, retroactive to April 28)
  • RHP Matt Manning (right foot fracture, 60-day IL on April 12)
  • OF Austin Meadows (anxiety, 60-day IL on April 8, retroactive to April 7)
  • RHP Casey Mize (right elbow sprain, 60-day IL on February 17)
  • RHP Freddy Pacheco (right elbow sprain, 60-day IL on March 27)
  • LHP Tarik Skubal (left elbow strain, 60-day IL on March 14)
  • RHP Spencer Turnbull (neck discomfort, 15-day IL on May 12, retroactive to May 7)
  • RHP Trey Wingenter (right biceps tendinitis, 15-day IL on April 22, retroactive to April 19)

TODAY’S TIGERS STARTING PITCHER – #43 Joey Wentz • 1-3, 6.09 ERA (34.0IP/23ER

  • Wentz will make his eighth start of the season today in the series finale vs. Seattle.
  • Earned his first win of the season on Monday at Cleveland, allowing two runs on three hits with three walks and five strikeouts in 5.2 innings.
  • Will be making his first career appearance against the Mariners today…in nine career starts at Comerica Park, Wentz has a 0-3 record with a 5.49 ERA (39.1IP/24ER) and 33 strikeotus.
  • Saw his first Major League action in 2022, starting seven games and posting a 2-2 record with a 3.03 ERA (32.2IP/11ER) and 27 strikeouts…
    also appeared in 12 games, including 11 starts, with Triple A Toledo and went 2-2 with a 3.17 ERA (48.1IP/17ER) and 53 strikeouts.
  • Pitched in the Arizona Fall League following the 2022 season and made three starts for Salt River, throwing 12.0 scoreless innings with two hits allowed, four walks and 14 strikeouts.
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