Tuesday, September 26, 2023
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MLB Preview: Seattle Mariners (77-61) at Cincinnati Reds (73-68)


TONIGHT’S TILT…the Mariners continue the 10-game road trip (1-4) tonight with the finale of 3 games against the Cincinnati Reds (0-2)…the Mariners opened the road trip with a 3-game series against the New York Mets (1-2)…Seattle will also travel to Tampa Bay (4 G, 9/7-10) on the road trip…tonight’s game will be televised live on ROOT SPORTS with Aaron Goldsmith and Mariners Hall of Famer Dan Wilson on the call…the game will also be broadcast live on Seattle Sports (710 AM) and Mariners.com with Rick Rizzs and Dave Sims on the call.

ODDS AND ENDS…the Mariners dropped yesterday’s middle game against the Reds by a 7-6 score, osing their 3rd consecutive game for the first time since losing 3 in a row from Aug. 12-14…despite yesterday’s loss, the Mariners are 14-6 over their last 20 games, 22-9 over their last 31, 24-10 over their last 34, 27-11 over their last 38, 30-13 over their last 43 and 39-19 over their last 58 games…the Mariners are 60-21 when scoring at least 4 runs and 17-40 when scoring 3-or-fewer…the Mariners are 39-29 at T-Mobile Park and 38-32 on the road this season…they are 26-23 in day games and 51-38 at night. It’s Still Series-ly Impressive – The Mariners have dropped back-to-back series for the first time since losing 2 series in a row at Baltimore (June 23-25) and vs. Washington (June 26-28)…despite the back-to-back series losses, the Mariners have won 11 of their last 14 series and hold a 14-4-1 series record over their last 19 series. Dusty Floors – The Mariners have not been swept in a series since the beginning of June and have only been swept twice this season overall: vs. Milwaukee (3 G, April 17-19) and at Texas (3 G, June 2-4). Interleague Play – The Mariners are 21-21 (.500) in interleague games this season…following today’s game, Seattle has only 1 remaining series against a National League opponent this season, hosting the Dodgers for a 3-game series at T-Mobile Park from Sept. 15-17 during the upcoming homestand. Multiplier – Julio Rodríguez supplied the 16th multi-HR game by a Mariners batter in last night’s game…Seattle’s 16 multi-HR games are most in the American League, trailing only Atlanta (23), Los Angeles-NL (21) and St. Louis (17) for most in MLB.

BEST IN THE AL SINCE JULY 1…the Mariners are 39-19 (.672) over their last 58 games (7/1-c), tied for the best record in the American League during that span with Baltimore (39-19, .672), trailing only the Dodgers (38-18, .679) for best record in MLB…since July 1, the Mariners offense ranks 2nd in the American League with a .814 OPS, while also ranking 2nd in the AL with a .348 on-base percentage… Seattle pitchers have allowed the fewest runs (214) and have posted the lowest ERA (3.40) in the Majors during that span.

ALL THAT POWER…Julio Rodríguez hit 2 home runs in last night’s game and has 3 home runs in the current series vs. Cincinnati…Julio has tallied 6 home runs in his last 8 games (8/26-c) and 8 home runs in his last 14 games (8/17-c)…in 37 games since July 22, Julio leads the American League with 14 home runs, ranking ahead of teammate Cal Raleigh (13 HR) and Corey Seager-TEX (13 HR)…Julio holds a 1.139 OPS since July 22, best in the American League and trailing only Mookie Betts-LAD for best in MLB. Since July 1 – Julio has been one of the best hitters in the Majors since July 1, batting .350 (82×234) with 39 runs, 18 doubles, 1 triple, 14 home runs, 51 RBI and 18 stolen bases, getting on base at a .399 clip and slugging .615 (1.015 OPS) in 53 games…during that span, he ranks among the Major League leaders in average (4th), OBP (10th), OPS (7th), extra-base hits (T-3rd, 33), stolen bases (T-3rd, 18) wRC+ (179, 5th) and fWAR (2nd, 3.8). Exclusive Club – Julio has 11.5 bWAR over his first 2 Major League seasons, tied for 11th-most over a player’s first 2 seasons in MLB history with Oscar Charleston (1920-21)…since 1969, J-Rod trails only Kris Bryant-CHC (12.6), Albert Pujols-STL (12.1), Evan Longoria-TB (11.9), Carlos Correa-HOU (11.8) and Wade Boggs-BOS (11.7).
TEOSCAR-WORTHY PERFORMANCE…Teoscar Hernández went 2-for-4 with 1 run scored, 1 home run, 2 RBI and 1 walk to extend his hitting streak to 14 games (8/21-c), 1 game shy of his career-best 15-game streak with Toronto in 2020…during his active streak, he is batting .379 (22×58) with 2 doubles, 7 home runs, 20 RBI and a 1.179 OPS…the 14-game hitting streak is the 2nd-longest active streak in the Majors, trailing only Trea Turner-PHI (15 G)…over his last 31 games since the beginning of August, Teo is batting .363 (45×124) with 17 runs scored, 10 doubles, 9 home runs, 27 RBI, 5 walks, 2 hit-by-pitches and 1 stolen base, while reaching base at a .391 clip and slugging .661 with a 1.052 OPS.

NO LOGAN, ONLY WALTER…Logan Gilbert has tossed 6.0+ innings while allowing 2 runs-or-less in 3 consecutive starts dating back to Aug. 19…over his last 11 starts dating back to the beginning of July, Logan is 7-0 with a 2.73 ERA (21 ER, 69.1 IP) with 9 walks and 69 strikeouts…during that span (7/1-c), his 7 wins are tied for the most in the American League (also: J.P. France-HOU) and the Mariners have gone 9-2 in his starts…among AL leaders since July 1, Gilbert ranks 3rd in K/BB ratio (7.67), 6th in ERA, 7th in innings pitched, T-7th in WHIP (1.02), 9th in strikeouts and 12th in opponent batting average (.234).

CHEF’S KISS…Dominic Canzone has hit safely in a career-high 6 consecutive games (8/30-c) and 13 of his last 15 games dating back to his 4-hit game on Aug. 20 at Houston…during the 15-game stretch (8/20-c), Canzone is batting .305 (18×59) with 9 runs scored, 7 doubles, 3 home runs and 6 RBI with a .881 OPS…with the recent hot stretch, he has raised his batting average from .200 entering play on Aug. 20 to .246 entering play today.

BASEBALL IS LIFE…since joining the Mariners on Aug. 1, Josh Rojas is batting .282 (22×78) with 17 runs scored, 3 doubles, 3 home runs, 10 RBI, 6 walks and 4 stolen bases, while reaching base at a .333 clip and slugging .436 with a .769 OPS…Josh began his Mariners career going 0-for-13 at the plate across his first 4 games (Aug. 1-9), but is batting .339 (22×65) with a .918 OPS in 21 games since then (8/11-c)… since Aug. 11, Rojas is 1 of 5 second basemen in the Majors to accumulate 1.0+ fWAR: Mookie Betts-LAD (2.2 fWAR), Jose Altuve-HOU (1.6), Davis Schneider-TOR (1.2) , Jorge Polanco-MIN (1.2) and Rojas (1.0).

AS YOU KNOW…J.P. Crawford is having a career-year at the plate, currently establishing careerhighs in home runs (14), walks (81), on-base percentage (.390), slugging percentage (.432), OPS (.823), OPS+ (131) and bWAR (4.5), but…DID YOU KNOW?…his 4.5 bWAR this season is already the most by any Mariners shortstop since Alex Rodriguez in 2000 (10.4 bWAR)…Alex Rodriguez is the only other Mariners shortstop to ever tally more than 4.5 bWAR in a season, doing so in 5 consecutive years from 1996-2000…Crawford’s 4.5 bWAR this season is the most by a Mariners infielder (1B, 2B, SS, 3B) since 2016 when Robinson Cano (2B) tallied 7.3 bWAR and Kyle Seager (3B) recorded 6.7 bWAR.


2023 MLB Breakdown:
Overall 12-5 3.56 27/27 161.2 141 67 64 28 162 23
Home 4-4 3.88 12/12 72.0 59 33 31 14 76 12
Road 8-1 3.31 15/15 89.2 82 34 33 14 86 11
vs. CIN 0-0 0.00 0/0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Career MLB Breakdown:
Overall 31-16 3.70 83/83 466.2 423 201 192 105 464 59
Home 10-12 3.86 39/39 219.1 204 98 94 39 220 30
Road 21-4 3.57 44/44 247.1 219 103 98 66 244 29
vs. CIN 0-0 0.00 0/0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0


  • The 26-year-old right-handed pitcher is scheduled to make his 28th start of the season and 1st against Cincinnati…he will also make the 84th start of his MLB career and 1st career start against the Reds. 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…ND in 27th start of the season against NYM on 9/1, tossing 6.2 innings and allowing 1 run on 7 hits (1 HR) with 9 strikeouts.

WHIP IT…Gilbert currently ranks 4th in the majors among qualified starting pitchers with a 1.045 WHIP…three Mariners pitchers make up the top 5 with Luis Castillo ranking 2nd (1.033) and George Kirby ranking 5th (1.048).

FINDING HIS GROOVE…over his last 3 starts Gilbert owns a 1.83 ERA (4 ER, 19.2 IP) and has allowed 2 walks while striking out 19 batters…in each of those starts Logan has pitched at least 6.0 innings and has allowed 2-for-fewer runs…over his last 11 starts (July 4-c) Gilbert has a 2.73 ERA (21 ER, 69.1 IP) with 9 walks and 69 strikeouts…in that span he has recorded 7 quality starts and has allowed 2-or-fewer runs in 9 of those 11 starts.

INTERLEAGUE PLAY…is set to make his 15th career start against an interleague opponent and his 11th this season…in 14 career interleague games Logan has a 2.70 ERA (23 ER, 66.2 IP) with 20 walks and 93 strikeouts…in his 10 interleague starts this season Logan is 6-1 with a 2.60 ERA (19 ER, 65.2 IP) and has allowed just 7 walks while striking out 73 batters.

WINNING AWAY FROM HOME…is making his 44th career start on the road… Logan has a 21-4 road record with a 3.57 ERA (247.1 IP, 98 ER) with 66 walks and 244 strikeouts…his .840 away winning percentage is the highest in MLB history among pitchers with at least 30 road games started…since he joined the league in 2021 Gilbert’s 21 away wins are the 7th most in the Major Leagues.



  • Recalled from Louisville RHP Lyon Richardson (#72).
  • Optioned to Louisville RHP Casey Legumina.
  • Sent to Louisville on a rehabilitation assignment LHP Alex Young (left hamstring tightness, last pitched on 8/24 at AZ).


  • Is Game 3 (2-0) of a 3-game series vs Luis Castillo’s Mariners and Game 7 (4-2) of a 10-game homestand that includes visits by the Cubs (2-2) and Cardinals (3g beginning Friday).


  • The Redlegs are 5-15 all-time vs Sea, including 3-8 covering 1 series at Cinergy Field (2002) & 3 series at GABP (2013, 2016, 2023).
  • The Reds lost their first 6 series vs the Mariners, including 3 series sweeps, until this one.


  • Rookie pitchers have made 46 starts for the Reds.
  • In RHP Lyon Richardson, tonight the Reds will start a rookie pitcher for the fifth time in the last 6 games.
  • Richardson (3gs), who began the season at Class A Daytona, started Fri night’s 3-2 walkoff win vs Cubs.
  • LHP Andrew Abbott (17gs), who began the season at Class AA Chattanooga, started Sat’s 2-1 walkoff win vs Cubs.
  • RHP Carson Spiers (1gs), who began the season at Class AA Chattanooga, made his Major League debut in Sun’s 15-7 loss vs Cubs.
  • RHP Connor Phillips (1gs), who began the season at Class AA Chattanooga, made his Major League debut in last night’s 7-6 walkoff win.
  • Richardson, Abbott, Spiers and Phillips made their Major League debuts this season, along with fellow starters LHP Brandon Williamson (19gs) and RHP Levi Stoudt (2gs), each of whom began the season at Class AAA Louisville.


  • For the second straight day the Reds have 11 rookies on the roster:
  • IF Elly De La Cruz, IF Christian Encarnacion-Strand, RHP Kevin Herget, IF Noelvi Marte, IF/OF Spencer Steer, LHP Andrew Abbott, RHP Daniel Duarte, RHP Connor Phillips, RHP Lyon Richardson, RHP Carson Spiers and LHP Brandon Williamson.
  • Had a season-high 12 rookies on the 27-player roster for the 8/23 day/night doubleheader at LAA.
  • 16 Reds players made their Major League debuts this season, the most of any team in the majors…listed below in the order in which they debuted:
  • RHP Casey Legumina, RHP Levi Stoudt, IF Matt McLain, LHP Brandon Williamson, RHP Eduardo Salazar, OF TJ Hopkins, LHP Andrew Abbott, IF Elly De La Cruz, RHP Ricky Karcher, RHP Randy Wynne, RHP Jake Wong, IF Christian Encarnacion-Strand, RHP Lyon Richardson, IF Noelvi Marte, RHP Carson Spiers, RHP Connor Phillips.
  • 23 rookies played in at least 1 game for the Reds, the most of any team in the Major Leagues and tied for fourth-most in club history (26 in 1909, 25 in 2016, 24 in 1914 & 2017, 23 in 2022)…courtesy @EliasSports.
  • 63 players have appeared in at least 1 game for the Reds…IF/OF Alejo Lopez was on the roster briefly (8/29-8/30) but did not appear in a game… in 2022, the Reds used a club record 66 players.


  • The Reds are the first team in Major League history with 3 rookies, in a single season, with at least 10 HR & 10 stolen bases each (Elly De La Cruz, Matt McLain, Spencer Steer).
  • For the first time since 1890, when Cincinnati joined the National League, 3 Reds rookies have produced at least 10 HR…courtesy @ EliasSports.
  • With 54 HR the Reds have tied the franchise record for home runs in a season by rookies (Spencer Steer 20, Matt McLain 16, Elly De La Cruz 11, Christian Encarnacion-Strand 6, Noelvi Marte 1)…the 2008 team also recorded 54 home runs by rookies (Joey Votto 24, Jay Bruce 21, Chris Dickerson 6, Ryan Hanigan 2, Paul Janish 1).
  • On 8/22 at LAA, in his 64th career game, Elly De La Cruz recorded his 20th stolen base to become the fastest player since 1900 to accumulate at least 10 HR and at least 20 steals…Barry Bonds did it in his 65th career appearance, just ahead of Reds rookies Chris Sabo (66g) and Gary Redus (67g)…courtesy @EliasSports.
  • Elly De La Cruz tonight will become the first Major League player since RBI became an official statistic in 1920 to produce in his first 80 career games at least 79 hits, 11 HR, 36 RBI and 25 stolen bases…courtesy @EliasSports.
  • IF Matt McLain (5/22-5/28) and IF Elly De La Cruz (6/19-6/25) each earned National League Player of the Week awards, McLain in the second week of his career and De La Cruz in his third week.


  • The Reds are the first team in Major League history to move into first place alone in 9 games or fewer after falling 5 or more games under .500 while facing a deficit of at least 5 games…on 6/9 were 29-35 and trailed the first-place Pirates by 5.0 games…beginning 6/10 won 9 straight games to move into first place alone on 6/19.
  • The Reds’ 12-game winning streak from 6/10-6/23 tied their modern club record (5/16-5/27, 1939 & 4/30-5/12, 1957).
  • The Reds went 18-9 in June, their highest victory total in any month since June 2014 (18-10).
  • From 6/14-7/8 Reds batters established a new franchise record for consecutive games with at least 1 home run (22g, 45hr), a streak snapped in the 1-0 loss at Mil in the final game heading into the All-Star Game break…the 1956 Reds held the team record by homering in 21 consecutive games.

Tonight’s Starter – #72 Lyon Richardson, RHP

  • Was recalled from Louisville earlier today…spent yesterday on the Taxi Squad.
  • At 23 years old, already has made 3 starts for the Reds this season.
  • Is 1 of 6 Reds pitchers this season to make his Major League debut as a starter (RHP Levi Stoudt, LHP Brandon Williamson, LHP Andrew Abbott, RHP Carson
    Spiers, RHP Connor Phillips).
  • Is his fourth stint with the Reds this season.
  • Made 1 start while on the roster on 8/6 & 8/7.
  • In the 6-3 Reds loss on 8/6 vs Wsh, became the first Major League pitcher since 1900 to allow home runs on each of his first 2 career pitches (CJ Abrams, Lane Thomas)…in the expansion era, Zach Weiss in April 2018 is the only other Reds pitcher to allow a HR to his first 2 career batters faced.
  • After his debut on 8/6, returned to Louisville and made 2 starts (7ip, 5h, 4er, 6bb, 12k) before he joined the Taxi Squad on 8/20 for the trip to Anaheim.
  • On 8/23 at LAA, was added to the roster as the 27th player for the day/night doubleheader…started the 7-3 win.
  • Returned to Louisville the next day (8/24) but didn’t pitch for the Bats before he returned to the Reds on 9/1, when he was recalled as a substitute player after RHP Fernando Cruz, RHP Hunter Greene, RHP Ben Lively and LHP Brandon Williamson went on the COVID-19 injured list.
  • Started the nightcap of Friday’s doubleheader vs the Cubs, a 3-2 walkoff win.
  • Monday was returned to Louisville as a substitute player…yesterday was added to the Taxi Squad…today was recalled

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