15 Facts – Felix Strikeouts

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Felix Hernandez made history in his last start when he pushed himself into a tie with Randy Johnson for the career strikeout lead in Seattle Mariners history. Today we celebrate his accomplishment with 15 facts about Felix strikeouts.

 

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Felix is one strikeout away from passing Randy Johnson to become the M’s all-time K King.

  • Felix Hernandez 2,162
  • Randy Johnson 2,162

 

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Felix has recorded strikeouts versus all but two teams in Major League Baseball.

  • Seattle Mariners
  • St. Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals will visit Safeco Field for a weekend series June 24th to the 26th.

 

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The top three teams by strikeout for Felix:

  • Angels 301
  • Rangers 279
  • A’s 272

 

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Felix has fanned the fourth hitter in the batting order more than any other.

  • Batting 4th 274
  • Batting 8th 260
  • Batting 5th 257

 

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Grant Green owns the most AB’s versus Felix with nothing but strikeouts.

0-5  5 K’s

 

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Felix has recorded 6 seasons of 200 or more strikeouts which is tied for 12th most in MLB . Here are the top 11:

  • Nolan Ryan 15
  • Randy Johnson 13
  • Roger Clemens 12
  • Tom Seaver 10
  • Pedro Martinez 9
  • Bob Gibson 9
  • Bert Blyleven 8
  • Steve Carlton 8
  • Gaylord Perry 8
  • Mickey Lolich 7
  • Walter Johnson 7

 

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 Felix has fanned seven of his current teammates.

  • Nelson Cruz 17
  • Chris Iannetta 11
  • Adam Lind 9
  • Robinson Cano 7
  • Seth Smith 7
  • Leonys Martin 5
  • Franklin Gutierrez 2

 

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Felix Hernandez is currently 59th on the career Major League strikeout list with 2,162. He is 200 K’s away from passing 8 more Hall of Famers on the list.

  • Pete Alexander 2,198
  • Jim Palmer 2,212
  • Eddie Plank 2,246
  • Lefty Grove 2,266
  • Juan Marichal 2,303
  • Rube Waddell 2,316
  • Early Wynn 2,334
  • Robin Roberts 2,357

He is already ahead of 31 Hall of Fame pitchers including Catfish Hunter, Whitey Ford and Cy Young.

 

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The nine hitters Felix has K’d the most:

  • Torii Hunter 22
  • Curtis Granderson 21
  • Josh Hamilton 21
  • Mike Trout 21
  • David Murphy 20
  • Erick Aybar 17
  • Nelson Cruz 17
  • Mark Teixeira 17
  • Alex Rios 17

 

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Felix has fanned 10 or more in a game 35 times in his career.

35 games of 10+ K’s is 35th in MLB history

 

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Henry Blanco caught Felix 11 times when he was with Seattle. He is one of 19 catchers to record a K from The King. Here are the catchers who have caught the most Felix K’s:

  • Kenji Johjima 406
  • Mike Zunino 401
  • Rob Johnson 300

 

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 Pitchers have faced Felix 26 times and 12 is the number of times they have not struck out.

(2-26) .077 14 K’s

 

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Jay Gibbons and Brennan Boesch each have 13 at-bats versus Felix without striking out. That is the most for any hitter without a K.

 

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 Felix is 14th for strikeouts for a pitcher within one ballpark since 1913

  • Steve Carlton 1,615 (Veterans Stadium)
  • Mickey Lolich 1,536 (Tiger Stadium)
  • Don Sutton 1,498 (Dodger Stadium)
  • Nolan Ryan 1,446 (Anaheim Stadium)
  • Phil Niekro 1,442 (Fulton County Stadium)
  • Roger Clemens 1,398 (Fenway Park)
  • Tom Seaver 1,370 (Shea Stadium)
  • Walter Johnson 1,242 (Griffith Stadium)
  • Chuck Finley 1,236 (Anaheim Stadium)
  • Dazzy Vance 1,201 (Ebbets Field)
  • Randy Johnson 1,192 (Kingdome)
  • Jim Palmer 1,191 (Memorial Stadium)
  • Juan Marichal 1,144 (Candlestick Park)
  • Felix Hernandez 1,139 (Safeco Field)
  • Randy Johnson 1,138 (Chase Field)

 

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Felix set his career high of 15 strikeouts on June 8, 2014 versus Tampa Bay. He did it in 7 innings.

Nelson Cruz Honored For His Philanthropic Work

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Nelson Cruz awarded the first-ever Boomstick Scholarship to Diana Antigua, a student from the Bronx, at the Boomstick & Friends event in New York.

Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz was honored for his philanthropic work during the recent trip to New York for the Yankees series.

At the event on April 14, called Boomstick & Friends, Cruz was presented with a proclamation by Adriano Espaillat, a fellow Dominican, who is a member of the New York state senate.

Also in attendance were Cruz’s teammates Robinson Canó, Leonys Martin, Joel Peralta and third base coach Manny Acta.

Cruz established the Boomstick Foundation, and has made it a priority to give back to those in need not only in his native Dominican Republic, but in Seattle and other communities in the U.S.

At the event, the first-ever Boomstick Scholarship was awarded to Diana Antigua, a student from the Bronx, who “represents the ideals and values needed to succeed in life.”

Nelson Cruz, New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat and Robinson Canó at the Boomstick & Friends event in New York to honor Cruz for his philanthropic efforts.

Nelson Cruz, New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat and Robinson Canó at the Boomstick & Friends event in New York to honor Cruz for his philanthropic efforts.

Earlier this year, Cruz in conjunction with the MLB Players Association, donated wheelchairs as well as other orthopedic necessities to his hometown of Las Matas de Santa Cruz in the Dominican Republic. He has also held baseball clinics for youth, and has donated baseball and softball equipment to leagues back home. Last year, Cruz became a spokesman for Aid for AIDS and its “Un Batazo Contra El VIH,” (A Hit Against HIV).

Cruz has also donated a fire truck and ambulances to his hometown fire department, and over the winter, he worked with the Seattle Fire Department to collect used equipment to outfit the community’s firefighters.

Cruz credits his parents as his inspiration for teaching him the value of education, and setting an example of giving back to the community. Both of Cruz’s parents were teachers, and his father was instrumental in establishing his community’s first fire station.

Senator Adriano Espaillat, member of the New York state senate, and a native of the Dominican Republic, presented Cruz with a Proclamation from the New York State Senate, for his great contributions to society & the youth.

Mariners Gameday Information – April 21 at Cleveland

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Game #15 (4/21): Mariners (6-8) vs. Indians (6-6) | 9:10 am PT | Progressive Field
Starting Pitchers: RHP Nathan Karns (1-1, 4.50) vs. RHP Cody Anderson (0-1, 5.91)
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
Game Information: Mariners | Indians | Mariners-Indians History

Roster | 2016 Media Guide | Game Notes | Standings | Schedule | MarinersMedia.com | Promotions
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Mariners Gameday Information – April 20 at Cleveland

Game #14 (4/20): Mariners (5-8) vs. Indians (6-5) | 3:10 pm PT | Progressive Field
Starting Pitchers: RHP Taijuan Walker (0-0, 2.25) vs. RHP Danny Salazar (2-0, 0.79)
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 | Indians | Mariners-Indians History

Roster | 2016 Media Guide | Game Notes | Standings | Schedule | MarinersMedia.com | Promotions
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Mariners Game Day Information – April 19 at Cleveland

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Game #13 (4/19): Mariners (5-7) vs. Indians (5-5) | 3:10 pm PT | Progressive Field
Starting Pitchers:  LHP Wade Miley  (0-1, 8.25) vs. RHP Carlos Carrasco (1-0, 3.46)
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
Game Information: Mariners | Indians | Mariners-Indians 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

Mariners Gameday Information – April 17 at Yankees

Game #12 (4/17): Mariners (5-6) vs. Yankees (4-6) | 10:05 am PT | Yankee Stadium
Starting Pitchers:  RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (0-1, 4.09) vs. RHP Masahiro Tanaka (0-0, 3.38)
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 | Yankees | Mariners-Yankees 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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King Felix Continues Pursuit of Franchise Records

Felix-MilestonesFelix Hernandez has made one start since turning 30 on April 8, but he is already firmly established atop the Mariners record books. Since his debut at the age of 19 as a fresh-faced, hard-throwing right-hander on August 4, 2005 at Detroit, Hernandez has steadily climbed the ranks of every major pitching mark in club history.

Felix currently holds the club records for innings pitched (2,275.1), quality starts (229) and starts (336), while closing in on several other all-time Mariners marks. Hernandez ranks 2nd in wins (143), strikeouts (2,158), shutouts (11) and games played (336). Not to mention, Hernandez tossed the first perfect game in franchise history on August 15, 2012.

Today against the Yankees in New York, Felix looks to continue his pursuit of two marquee franchise pitching records – most career strikeouts and most career wins. Hernandez enters play today with 2,158 strikeouts, just four punch-outs shy of equaling Randy Johnson’s mark of 2,162 strikeouts in a Mariners uniform. Felix is also just 2 wins away from tying Jamie Moyer’s club record of 145 victories.

For historical perspective, Hernandez recorded 2,148 career strikeouts before his 30th birthday, the 4th-most in baseball history by a pitcher before turning 30 years old. Only Walter Johnson (2,302), Sam McDowell (2,271) and Bert Blyleven (2,250) struck out more batters in their 20s than King Felix.

Over the past seven seasons since 2009, Felix has averaged 221 strikeouts per season, posting a career-best 232 punch-outs in 2010. In that time frame, Hernandez has tossed a combined 1,596.0 innings pitched, averaging 8.7 strikeouts per 9.0 innings. By comparison, Felix has averaged just 2.3 walks per 9.0 innings over that same period. Hernandez has thrown at least 200.0 innings in each of the last eight seasons, also a club record.

Hernandez has recorded 35 career double-digit strikeout games. Since his debut in 2005, that ranks tied-for-4th in Major League Baseball behind only Clayton Kershaw (42), Max Scherzer (36) and Tim Lincecum (36). One of Felix’s most memorable strikeout performances came back on June 8, 2014 when he struck out a career-best 15 over 7.0 scoreless innings against the Rays at Tropicana Field.

On August 25, 2010 at Fenway Park, Felix got David Ortiz to go down swinging on a pitch in the dirt, becoming the 4th-youngest pitcher in baseball history to reach 1,000 career strikeouts. Felix was 24 years, 139 days old, trailing only Bob Feller (22.179), Bert Blyleven (23.121) and Dwight Gooden (23.249).

On May 10, 2015 at Safeco Field, Sam Fuld became Felix’s 2,000 career strikeout victim. At 29 years and 32 days old, King Felix was again the 4th-youngest pitcher in baseball history to record 2,000 career strikeouts, only behind Bert Blyleven (28.097), Sam McDowell (28.228) and Walter Johnson (28.235).

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.

Throughout his 12 years so far with the Mariners, Felix has already given us many historical moments to celebrate – and there are many more to come. Tune in this morning as Felix chases a piece of history once again. First pitch from Yankee Stadium is scheduled for 10:05 a.m. PT on ROOT Sports, 710 ESPN Seattle and Mariners.com.

Mariners Gameday Information – April 16 at Yankees

Game #11 (4/16): Mariners (4-6) vs. Yankees (4-5) | 10:05 am PT | Yankee Stadium
Starting Pitchers:  RHP Felix Hernandez (0-1, 0.69) vs. LHP CC Sabathia (1-0, 4.50)
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 | Yankees | Mariners-Yankees 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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Mariners All-Access — Pitching and Defense

root_sports_northwestThis week on Mariners All-Access on ROOT SPORTS:

Defensive Shifts – What it means to “play the percentages.” Why it’s already working in the Mariners favor and why the coaching staff doesn’t want the pitchers to worry about it;

Montgomery in Bullpen – What are the biggest changes for the lefty as he transitions to the bullpen from the starting rotation? As well as the upside he’s already seeing from his new role and what coach Mike Hampton likes most about his pitch selection.

Taijaun Walker Pitching Mechanics– Taijaun explains the 4-seam change-up he’s working on to compliment his hard-throwing style.

Mariner firsts… – A handful of Mariners recall their first big league hits, home runs and strikeouts.

Magic 8 Ball – The Mariners ask the Magic 8 Ball if they’ll get robbed by Mike Trout during the upcoming series in Anaheim.

Iannetta on Trout – The Mariners catcher gives perspective on his former teammate Mike Trout – from his overall talent to his impact in the clubhouse.

Buhner & Griffey – Revisit the best friends having fun in the booth talking Hall of Fame, his Opening Day first pitch and socks.

High Speed Review – The biggest plays from the week that was.

Mariners All-Access airs on ROOT SPORTS:

  • Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • Monday at 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday at 2:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday at 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday at 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday at 5:00 p.m.

Mariners Gameday Information – April 15 at Yankees

Game #10 (4/15): Mariners (3-6) vs. Yankees (4-4) | 4:05 pm PT | Yankee Stadium
Starting Pitchers:  RHP Nathan Karns (0-1, 7.20) vs. RHP Luis Severino (0-1, 5.40)
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 | Rangers | Mariners-Rangers 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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