The Mariners have adjusted their starting rotation for the this upcoming homestand. They will start their No. 1, 2, 3 against the Toronto Blue Jays in a series that has wild card implications.
So the rotation slots out like this …
As for that Sunday start, the Mariners have three options – Taijuan Walker, Erasmo Ramirez or a bullpen start led by Tom Wilhelmsen.
Both Walker and Ramirez would be on decent rest to make the outing. I think McClendon would prefer not to make that bullpen start again. Walker starts tonight for the Rainiers and Ramirez pitched on Saturday.
The Phillies put Marlon Byrd and several other players on revocable waivers today. This is a common practice. When they’re revocable, a team can pull them back off waivers. Usually a team will claim a player and try to work out a deal. Not sure how it works with Byrd’s no trade clause. The Mariners claimed Chris Denorfia off of waivers . And a few years ago, they also claimed Shin-Soo Choo. But in both cases, nothing came of it.
Here’s a few more notes that the M’s supply before each series ….
The Mariners are 57-54 (.514) through the first 111 games of the season…are 6-10 following the All-Star break (were 51-44 pre ASG)…coming off a 3-3 road trip at Cleveland (2-1) and Baltimore (1-2)…here are a few quick notes on the Mariners heading into this series vs. the Braves:
- Playing the Tough Guys, Tough – Seattle is 28-21 (.571) vs. teams that have a .500 or better record at the time played, and is 29-33 vs. sub-.500 teams.
- The Standings – Seattle is in 3rd place in the AL West, 10.5 games back of the Oakland A’s.
- Wild Card – Seattle is currently 2.0 games back of Toronto for the second American League Wild Card spot.
- Historic Pitching – The Mariners lead the Majors with a 3.05 ERA, including a MLB-best 2.37 mark by the bullpen…starters rank 2nd in the AL and 5th in MLB with a 3.37 ERA…team WHIP of 1.143 also leads the Majors and is the lowest by a team since the 1975 Dodgers (1.132).
- Run Differential – The Mariners have the 3rd-best run differential in the American League (+54, 421-367).
- Close Games – Since the All-Star break, 10 of 16 games have been decided by one run (3-7 record)…Mariners are tied for 2nd in the Majors with 62 games decided by 2 or fewer runs.
- 3 is the Magic Number – When the Mariners score 3 or more runs the team is 52-17 (.754)…when scoring at least 4 runs Seattle is 41-10 (.804)…scored 2 or fewer runs in 42 games to tie for the AL lead with Texas and are last in the AL averaging 3.79 runs per game.
- King Felix – Felix Hernandez has recorded a Major League record 14 consecutive starts where he has allowed 2 or fewer runs in at least 7.0 innings, breaking the previous record of 13 by Tom Seaver in 1971…overall Felix is 11-3 with a 2.01 ERA and 178 strikeouts in 23 starts (21 quality starts) this season.
- Cano – Robinson Cano is currently 2nd in the American League with a .330 batting average (136×412)…also 3rd in the AL in hits (136) and 2nd in multi-hit games (42)…over last 20 games is batting .375 (30×80).
- Seager at Safeco – Kyle Seager is batting .345 (67×194) with 13 home runs and 45 RBI in 55 games at Safeco Field this season (also 11 doubles, 1 triple)…leads the AL in home RBI (44), 2nd in home runs (13) and also 3rd in home batting average…compares to batting .211 (45×213, 3 HR) in 54 road games…overall Seager is batting .275 (112×407) with 25 doubles, 4 triples, 16 home runs and 67 RBI.
- Ack Attack – Dustin Ackley is batting .379 (25×66) with 10 runs scored, 8 doubles, 2 home runs and 8 RBI in 16 games since the All-Star break…hit .365 (31×85) in 24 games in July after batting .165/13×79 in June.
- vs. the Braves – The Mariners are 5-6 all-time vs. the Braves (2-0 this season) including a 2-4 mark at Safeco Field (2-1 in 2003, 0-3 in 2011).
- All-Stars – The Mariners had four players selected to play in the 85th All-Star Game last week: RHP Felix Hernandez(starting pitcher), 2B Robinson Cano (starter), 3B Kyle Seager and RHP Fernando Rodney.