Mariners Update – June 28
The weather is heating up, the Cubs are in town and fireworks (yes, fireworks) are on tap tonight as the Mariners open a 3-game series vs. the Chicago Cubs at Safeco Field (7:10 p.m.). Here are some items of interest leading up to tonight’s first pitch vs. the Cubs…
- Miller Time: The Mariners have promoted shortstop Brad Miller from AAA Tacoma and he’ll make his Major League debut tonight batting 9th. Miller hit .356 (37×104) with 26 runs scored, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 6 home runs, 28 RBI, and reached base safely in all 26 games with the Rainiers since his promotion from AA Jackson on May 25. He leaves Tacoma with a 22-game hitting streak (.385/35×91), four-games short of the Tacoma franchise record. Earlier this week he was selected to play in the All-Star Futures Game. In 68 games with AA Jackson and AAA Tacoma this season, Miller has combined to bat .319 (82×257) with 12 doubles, 12 home runs, 53 RBI and a .920 OPS (.521 SLG, .399 OBP). In the field for Tacoma he made 22 starts at shortstop, 3 at second base and one at designated hitter.
- Cubbies in Seattle: The Cubs are making their third trip to Safeco Field, and first since 2010. The Mariners have visited historic Wrigley Field just once, back in 2007.
- Scouting Report: Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood is having a pretty good season despite his 5-6 record. Wood ranks 3rd in the National League with a .198 opponent batting average, including a .143 (11×77) clip vs. left-handed batters. He has been the victim of poor run support this season, with the 6th-lowest run-support average in the NL (3.21). Here is a statistical preview of tonight’s game vs. the Cubs provided by Baseball-Reference.com.
- Fireworks: Don’t miss the first post-game fireworks shows in Safeco Field history following tonight’s game. The Mariners have partnered with Pyro Spectaculars, the same company who produces the New Year’s Eve at the Space Needle extravaganza, for these special shows set to music.
- 4:15 Tomorrow: Due to the game being carried on FOX (not on ROOT Sports), tomorrow’s game is at 4:15 p.m., which is a bit of an odd start time for a home game. Should be a pretty cool afternoon with both team’s wearing throwback uniforms from the early 1900’s. The Mariners will be wearing uniforms from the 1909 Seattle Turks of the Northwestern League.
- Welcome Back Jason: Good to have Cubs PR man Jason Carr back in Seattle. Carr was a member of the Mariners Baseball Information staff in the early 2000’s and was also a media relations representative for the Seattle-based Professional Bowler’s Association. One of the true good guys in the business.