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August 4, 2014 at 2:27 PM

A few Monday Mariners’ notes – a rotation adjustment

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 …

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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.

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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.

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