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Safeco Field Peanut Butter Drive is this Saturday

Ford Peanut Butter DriveNorthwest Ford Stores and the Seattle Mariners are collecting peanut butter at Safeco Field on Saturday, May 14, to benefit Peanut Butter Drive Northwest Harvest. The drive is part of the Ford Focus on Child Hunger campaign.

Fans are asked to bring unopened jars of peanut butter to the game against the Los Angeles Angels (6:10 p.m. start) and drop them off at the Left Field Gate or at the Ford display near Section 143 on the Main Concourse. Skippy Peanut Butter has pledged to match all donations. Fans can also give cash at the collection sites, and donations can be made online at FordFeedsKids.org.

 

The Safeco Field peanut butter drive is part of a five state campaign in the Pacific Northwest by Ford dealers to support community food banks and make sure no child goes hungry this summer. Since 2013, the Ford Focus on Child Hunger campaign has provided more than two million meals and snacks to kids across the region.
Many food banks experience an increased demand for nutritious, kid-friendly food during summer months when many children lose access to school nutrition programs. It is estimated nearly 24% of children are unsure how their next meal will be provided and when school is out during the summer months, local food banks carry a larger responsibility to feed kids. Peanut butter is an important protein staple to feed kids during these summer months, but is difficult to acquire in adequate quantities.

Mariners Gameday Information – May 11 vs. Rays

Lineup

Game #34 (5/11): Mariners (20-13) vs. Rays (15-16) | 12:40 pm PT | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers: RHP Taijuan Walker (2-2, 1.97) vs. RHP Chris Archer (2-4, 4.23)
Radio: 710 ESPN & Mariners Radio Network…also Mariners.com (MLB.tv subscribers)
TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Starting Lineups: Starting lineups will be posted on MarinersMedia.com and Twitter when they become available
Game Information: Mariners | Rays | Mariners-Rays History

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Mariners Gameday Information – May 10 vs. Rays

Game #33 (5/10): Mariners (19-13) vs. Rays (15-15) | 7:10 pm PT | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers: LHP Wade Miley (2-2, 4.74) vs. LHP Drew Smyly (1-3, 2.72)
Radio:
710 ESPN & Mariners Radio Network…also Mariners.com (MLB.tv subscribers)
TV: The game will be televised in HD on
ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Starting Lineups: Starting lineups will be posted on MarinersMedia.com and Twitter when they become available
Game Information:
Mariners | Rays | Mariners-Rays History

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Felix Sets Mariners All-Time Record for Wins

Felix-Club-Wins_1024x576_FINALAfter becoming the Mariners career leader in strikeouts earlier this season, Felix Hernandez picked up another club record tonight at Safeco Field. With his 146th career win in the Mariners 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays, Felix passed Jamie Moyer for most wins in club history.

Felix tossed 7.0. innings, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits while walking 2 and striking out 4. With the win tonight, Felix joins Colorado’s Jorge De La Rosa as the only active pitchers to hold their respective club records for career wins and career strikeouts.

Here’s how Felix’s outing unfolded on ROOT SPORTS.

Here’s how Rick Rizzs called the final out of Felix’s 146th career win on 710 ESPN Seattle.

Felix now owns the club records for wins (146), strikeouts (2,175), innings pitched (2,306.0), quality starts (232) and starts (341), while closing in on several other all-time Mariners marks. Hernandez ranks 2nd in shutouts (11) and games played (341). Tonight, Felix surpassed Moyer in career wins with the Mariners. Moyer won 145 games with the Mariners between 1996 and 2006.

Hernandez earned 143 wins before the age of 30, which ranks 24th all-time and puts him in the conversation with the likes of Greg Maddux (150), Dizzy Dean (147), Tom Seaver (146) and Juan Marichal (144). Hernandez ranks ahead of such legends of the game as Walter Johnson (139), Sandy Koufax (138) and Ferguson Jenkins (135) for wins in his 20s.

Milestone Wins

Win #1 – August 9, 2005

Felix earned his first career win in his Safeco Field debut on August 9, 2005, tossing 8.0 scoreless innings while allowing just 5 hits and striking out 6. In his Major League debut five days earlier, Felix became just the 3rd 19-year old to debut as a starting pitcher, joining Dwight Gooden and Todd Van Poppel.

Win #100 – April 22, 2013


Hernandez picked up his 100th career win on April 22, 2013 in Houston, blanking the Astros over 6.0 frames while striking out 9. At 27 years and 14 days old, Felix became the 6th-youngest pitcher to record 100 career wins since divisional play began in 1969. During that time, only Dwight Gooden (24.215), Bert Blyleven (25.076), Fernando Valenzuela (26.162), Don Gullett (26.199) and Vida Blue (26.361) reached the century mark at a younger age than King Felix.

A Perfect Win – August 15, 2012


Perhaps the most memorable win of Felix’s career so far came on a sun-splashed Wednesday afternoon at Safeco Field. On August 15, 2012, Felix tossed the first perfect game in Mariners history, retiring all 27 Tampa Bay Rays batters he faced while striking out 12. It was the 23rd perfect game in MLB history and stands as the most recent perfecto. For Hernandez, it was his 96th career win.

Felix Hernandez Win Notes

  • Since his debut in 2005, Felix ranks 4th in wins (3rd among active pitchers) with 146 behind CC Sabathia (162), Justin Verlander (159) and Dan Haren (147).
  • Felix leads all pitchers since 2005 with 36 wins in one-run games. The next closest starting pitchers are James Shields and Jered Weaver with 29 wins each in one-run games.
  • Felix set his single-season career high in wins with 19 victories in 2009, which ranked tied-for-first in the American League along with Sabathia and Verlander. Only Jamie Moyer and Randy Johnson have won more games in a single season in franchise history. Moyer won 21 games in 2003 and 20 games in 2001, while Johnson also won 20 games in 1997.
  • Other than his 79 career victories at Safeco Field, Felix’s most wins in a single ballpark are his 11 wins at the Oakland Coliseum.
  • Felix has earned 22 wins against the Oakland Athletics – the most against any club – followed by 17 victories vs. the Texas Rangers, 14 against the LA Angels and 10 wins coming vs. the New York Yankees.
  • In 36 career interleague starts, Felix has a record of 19-9.
  • Felix owns at least 1 win against all but four clubs, the Chicago Cubs, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals. Felix has made just 1 start against each of those teams.
  • Among pitchers born in Venezuela, Felix ranks second in wins behind former Mariners right-hander Freddy Garcia (156 wins).
  • Felix has won a game in eight different months (March, April, May, June, July, August, September and October). His most wins in a single month are 28 career victories in August, followed closely by 27 wins each in April and June.

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Robinson Canó Named A.L. Player of the Week

1920x1080_CanoPOWAfter batting .516 with 4 home runs and 9 RBI in his last 7 games and leading the Mariners to a 5-2 road trip, Robinson Canó has been named American League Player of the Week for May 2-8.

Canó began the week by recording 3 hits Monday at Oakland, including his 450th career double. He became the 5th second baseman in Major League history with 2,000 hits, 450 doubles, 200 home runs and 1,000 RBI, joining Roberto Alomar, Craig Biggio, Jeff Kent and Rogers Hornsby.
1024x576_Cano2BOffense-MarinersPRThe following night in Oakland, Canó went 2-for-4 with 1 double and 1 home run, his 9th home run of the season.

Canó tallied 2 hits and 1 RBI as the Mariners completed the three-game sweep of Oakland on Wednesday.

As the road trip continued in Houston on Thursday, Canó continued his hot hitting. In the series opener against the Astros, Robinson went 3-for-5, with a double and 4 RBI, reaching 30 RBI for the season in just 28 games. His bases-clearing, 3-run double in the ninth inning proved to be the difference in the ballgame as the Mariners won, 6-3. It was his 4th multi-hit game of the week and his 5th in a row overall.

In the Mariners 3-2 win on Saturday, Canó belted 2 home runs while going 4-for-5. Canó homered in the 3rd to stake the Mariners to a 2-0 lead.

With the score tied at 2-2 in the 10th inning, Robbie connected again for a solo home run to give the Mariners the lead. It was Canó’s 2nd game-winning RBI of the week.

Canó capped the week with a home run in yesterday’s game, his 4th homer of the week and his American League-leading 12th of the season. On the week, Canó hit .516 (16×31) with 8 runs, 3 doubles, 4 home runs, 9 RBI and a 1.516 OPS in 7 games.

Robinson Canó Photo Gallery: May 2-8

Mariners Gameday Information – May 8 at Houston

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Game #31 (5/8): Mariners (18-12) vs. Astros (11-20) | 11:10 am PT | Minute Maid Park
Starting Pitchers: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (1-3, 4.03) vs. RHP Collin McHugh (3-3, 6.59)
Radio: 710 ESPN & Mariners Radio Network…also Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Starting Lineups: Starting lineups will be posted on MarinersMedia.com and Twitter when they become available
Game Information: Mariners | Astros | Mariners-Astros History

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Mariners Gameday Information – May 7 at Houston

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Game #30 (5/7): Mariners (17-12) vs. Astros (11-19) | 4:10 pm PT | Minute Maid Park
Starting Pitchers: RHP Nathan Karns (3-1, 3.81) vs. LHP Dallas Keuchel (2-4, 5.11)
Radio: 710 ESPN & Mariners Radio Network…also Mariners.com (MLB.tv subscribers)
TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Starting Lineups: Will be posted on MarinersMedia.com and Twitter when they become available
Game Information: Mariners | Astros | Mariners-Astros History

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Mariners Making Good on Their Plan to Control the Zone

Seattle Mariners' Robinson Cano, right, celebrates with Adam Lind (26) after hitting a home run off Oakland Athletics' Sonny Gray in the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

By Gary Hill

The Seattle Mariners bashed their way to victory over the Oakland A’s yesterday afternoon to complete an impressive road sweep over their AL West foe. The M’s plated 9 runs while pounding out 16 hits in the thrilling come from behind win. The game continued the trend of the Mariners flexing their substantial offensive muscle.

Entering play on Thursday the Mariners have scored the second most runs in the American League this season.

Red Sox 140
Mariners 122
Tigers 118
Rangers 118
Astros 116

It is very interesting to examine how the M’s have propelled themselves into the elite class of AL run scorers. The long ball is one of the obvious factors. The Mariners have belted more homers than any other team in the American League.

Mariners 38
Astros 37
Orioles 36
Blue Jays 34
Rays 34

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The other aspects of the Mariners success may not be as obvious. For example, the Mariners are hitting .244 as a team which is 8th in the AL. To a certain extent they have been victim of an unlucky .274 BABIP (batting average on balls in play), which is 26th in Major League Baseball. League average is generally around .300.

As it turns out the Mariners have made significant strides in “Controlling the Zone.” General Manager Jerry Dipoto and Manager Scott Servais have spoken of their strategy often since joining the organization. This is an excerpt of Servais speaking at the Winter Meetings.

You have to control the strike zone, whether you’re on the mound or in the batter’s box. Controlling the strike zone, swinging at good pitches, getting deep in counts, walking maybe a little bit more.

Examining several numbers offered by fangraphs.com illustrates the improvement. First of all, the Mariners are swinging at lower percentage of pitches outside the zone this year. Their O-Swing% sat at 30% last season which was 9th in the AL. They have improved to 27.2% this season which has bumped them to 7th.

They are also swinging and missing less this season 10% (swinging strikes divided by total pitches) which is 7th in the AL. Last season they were 12th in the AL at 10.7%.

Their contact rate has also improved.  The M’s have jumped from 77% (13th in AL) last season to 78.2% (7th in AL this year).

The results have led to a significant cut in their strikeout rate:

Last Season: 21.8% (13th AL)
This Season: 20.4% (8th AL)

In terms of raw numbers the Mariners have fanned 211 times which is 8th least in the American League compared to the 2nd most in the AL last season (1336).

These improvements have also helped fuel a powerful improvement in walk percentage.

Last Season: 7.8% (11th AL)
This Season: 8.9% (3rd AL)

They have drawn the third most walks in the American League this season:

Astros 109
Blue Jays 107
Mariners 92
Twins 91

On-base percentage last year: .311 (11th AL)
On-base percentage this year: .321 (4th AL)

SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 09:  Chris Iannetta #33 of the Seattle Mariners is congratulated by teammates after hitting a home run in the second inning against the Oakland Athletics at Safeco Field on April 9, 2016 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

It is probably not a coincidence that the Mariners are doing more damage this year when hitting home runs compared to last season. Fifty-nine percent of the homers hit by the Mariners last year were solo (117 of 198). This year fifty percent have been solo blasts (19 of 38).

Interestingly, they are not seeing any more pitches this season as a team compared to last year:

Last Season: 3.88 pitches per plate appearance (4th in AL)
This season: 3.87 pitches per plate appearance (10th AL)

The data would suggest they have upgraded quality and not quantity. They have traded in some strikes for balls and more contact. They are reaching base more despite some bad luck with batting average, thus damage has been more significant.

The results have been impressive and the Mariners will look to continue their surge in Houston.

Mariners Gameday Information – May 5 at Astros

Lineup

Game #28 (5/5): Mariners (16-11) vs. Astros (10-18) | 5:10 pm PT | Minute Maid Park
Starting Pitchers: LHP Wade Miley (2-2, 5.06) vs. RHP Chris Devenski (0-1, 1.45)
Radio: 710 ESPN & Mariners Radio Network…also Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Starting Lineups: Starting lineups will be posted on MarinersMedia.com and Twitter when they become available
Game Information: Mariners | Astros | Mariners-Astros History

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Mariners Gameday Information – May 4 at Athletics

Lineup

Game #27 (5/4): Mariners (15-11) vs. Athletics (13-15) | 12:35 pm PT | Oakland Coliseum
Starting Pitchers: RHP Felix Hernandez (2-2, 1.38) vs. LHP Sean Manaea (0-0, 7.20)
Radio: 710 ESPN & Mariners Radio Network…also Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Starting Lineups: Starting lineups will be posted on MarinersMedia.com and Twitter when they become available
Game Information: Mariners | Athletics | Mariners-Athletics History

Roster | 2016 Media Guide | Game Notes | Standings | Schedule | MarinersMedia.com | Promotions
Social Media: From the Corner of Edgar & Dave | Instagram | @MarinersPR | @Mariners | @LosMarineros | Facebook

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