THE RECORD…completed the 2019 season 68-94 (.420), finishing 5th in the American League West Division (39.0 games behind division winner Houston)…went 35-46 (.432) at home and 33-48 (.407) on the road…were 39-55 (.415) prior to the All-Star Break and 29-39 (.426) following the break…posted a 20-28-5 record in series, including 6 sweeps…went 8-6 (.571) in rubber games to decide the outcome of a 3-game series…were 45-61 (.425) in night games and 23-33 (.411) during the day…when scoring first, went 40-35 (.533)…recorded 35 come-from-behind wins and suffered a loss in 42 games after a holding a lead…season-high winning streak was 6 games (done twice): April 6-11 and July 24-30…season-high losing streak was 6 games (done 5 times): April 12-17, April 27-May 4, May 20-26, July 7-17 (All-Star Break) and September 2-8.
THE HITTING…the Mariners hit .237 (1305x5500) with 254 doubles, 28 triples, 239 home runs, 730 RBI, 588 walks, 115 stolen bases, a .316 on-base percentage and a .424 slugging percentage (.740 OPS)…averaged 4.68 runs-per-game (758 R, 162 G)…their 239 home runs ranked 7th in the American League/12th in the Majors…hit .235 (629x2680) at T-Mobile Park, compared to .240 (676x2820) on the road…ranked 14th in the Majors with 4.83 runs-per-game (391 R, 81 G) on the road, compared to 4.53 runs-per-game (367 R, 81 G) at home, which ranked 20th in the Majors…with the bases loaded, hit .299 (38x127), which ranked 3rd in the American League/7th in the Majors.
THE PITCHING…the Mariners went 68-94 with 34 saves and a 4.99 ERA (798 ER, 1439.1 IP)…combined for 4 shutouts…totaled 1,239 strikeouts, averaging 7.75 strikeouts-per-9.0-innings…issued 505 walks and allowed 260 home runs…allowed a .263 (1484x5652) opponents' average against while recording a 1.38 WHIP (505 BB, 1484 H, 1439.1 IP)…issued the 9th-fewest walks in the Majors…allowed the 4th-most home runs in the Majors…posted the 8th-highest ERA in the Majors…allowed the 8th-highest opponents' average against in the Majors…Mariners starting pitchers – including 26 "Openers" – went 36-56 with a 5.21 ERA (431 ER, 745.0 IP) with 573 strikeouts and 216 walks; recorded 3 complete games, including 2 shutouts…Mariners relievers – including 29 "Followers" – went 32-38 with 34 saves, 66 holds and a 4.76 ERA (367 ER, 694.1 IP) with 666 strikeouts and 289 walks.
THE FIELDING…the Mariners combined for a .978 fielding percentage, converting 5,808 of 5,940 total chances (4,318 PO, 1,490 A, 132 E)…their .978 fielding percentage ranked last in the Major Leagues and their 132 errors were the most in the Majors…turned 146 double plays, 4th-most in the American League/7th-most in the Majors…their 132 errors were 9th-most in single-season club history and the most since the 1989 Mariners (143)…their .978 fielding percentage was 8th-lowest in single-season club history and the lowest since the 1994 Mariners (.977).
AWARD SEASON…the following Mariners earned awards during the 2019 season (postseason awards will be announced in the coming months):
· Seattle BBWAA Pitcher of the Year - Marco Gonzales
· Seattle BBWAA Player of the Year - Daniel Vogelbach
· Seattle BBWAA Unsung Hero - Tom Murphy
· American League All-Star - Daniel Vogelbach
· AL Player of the Week - Tim Beckham (March 20-31)
· Heart and Hustle Award (nominee) - Mitch Haniger
· Hank Aaron Award (nominee) - Omar Narváez
· Roberto Clemente Award (nominee) - Dee Gordon
CAN’T TELL THE PLAYERS WITHOUT A SCORECARD…the Mariners led the Majors Leagues in players used (67), pitchers used (42) and relievers used (36) this season…the Mariners also ranked T4th in starting pitchers (18) used this season…the Mariners 67 players used are a single-season Major League record, surpassing the 2019 Giants (64) and the 2014 Rangers (64)…the Mariners 42 pitchers used are also a single-season Major League record, passing the 2017 Mariners (40) and 2014 Rangers (40)…the Mariners 36 relievers used are a single-season club record (previous: 34, 2017)…the Mariners 18 starting pitchers used are the most in single-season club history (previous: 17, 1977 and 2017).
GET IN THERE, ROOK…21 players made their Major League debuts for the Mariners this season: Dylan Moore (3/20 at OAK), Yusei Kikuchi (3/21 at OAK), Brandon Brennan (3/21 at OAK), Braden Bishop (3/21 at OAK), Erik Swanson (4/11 at KC), Ruben Alaniz (4/12 vs. HOU), Shed Long (5/11 at BOS), Parker Markel (5/12 at BOS), David McKay (5/20 at TEX), Tayler Scott (6/8 at LAA), Austin Nola (6/16 at OAK), Tim Lopes (7/24 vs. TEX), Ryan Court (7/26 vs. DET), Reggie McClain (8/2 at HOU), Zac Grotz (8/2 at HOU), Taylor Guilbeau (8/17 at TOR), Jake Fraley (8/21 at TB), Kyle Lewis (9/10 vs, CIN), Donnie Walton (9/10 vs. CIN), Justin Dunn (9/12 vs. CIN) and Art Warren (9/12 vs. CIN)…the 21 Major League debuts are the most of any club dating back to 1994 (previous: 18, 2015 Yankees) and the most in club history (previous: 15, 2004).
START IT UP…18 different pitchers made at least 1 start for the Mariners this season: Marco Gonzales (34), Yusei Kikuchi (32), Mike Leake (22), Félix Hernández (15), Wade LeBlanc (8), Erik Swanson (8), Matt Wisler (8), Justus Sheffield (7), Tommy Milone (6), Matt Carasiti (5), Justin Dunn (4), Austin Adams (2), Gerson Bautista (2), Cory Gearrin (2), Reggie McClain (2), Tayler Scott (2), Sam Tuivailala (2) and Andrew Moore (1)…the 18 starters used by the Mariners this season is a club record, passing the inaugural club of 1977 and the 2017 club (17)…the Mariners 18 different starters tied for 4th-most in the Majors this season (also: Baltimore), trailing Toronto (21), Los Angeles-AL (19) and Texas (19)…of the Mariners 18 starters this season, 8 worked exclusively as an “opener”: Adams, Bautista, Carasiti, Gearrin, McClain, Scott, Tuivailala and Wisler (Swanson worked as a starter, reliever and an “opener”).
M*A*S*H*…the Mariners placed a single-season club record 21 different players on the Injured List this season (previous: 19, 2016)…includes Tim Lopes (Concussion List) but does not include Arodys Vizcaíno, who was on the IL when acquired from Atlanta…the Mariners had 24 different IL placements, resulting in 1,298 games missed…Chasen Bradford, Brandon Brennan and Dee Gordon were each placed on the IL twice in 2019.
TRANSACTIONS IN BULK…in the span from setting the Opening Day roster through the end of the regular season, the Mariners made the following roster moves: 31 options, 28 recalls, 20 selections, 12 trades involving the 40-man roster (26 players), 10 designations for assignment, 9 players lost on waivers, 7 outright assignments, 3 players claimed on waivers, 1 Major League free agent sign and made 24 placements of 21 different players on the injured list (not including Arodys Vizcaíno)…Brandon Brennan, Chasen Bradford and Dee Gordon each made 2 trips to the IL.
GETTING SERIES…the Mariners compiled a series record of 20-28-5 in 2019, including 6 sweeps and 16 times being swept…in 26 series at T-Mobile Park, the Mariners went 9-14-3, including 3 sweeps and 6 times being swept…in 27 series on the road, the Mariners were 11-14-2, including 3 sweeps and 10 times being swept…the Mariners won each of their first 5 series, including 3 sweeps…from April 12 – June 6, went 2-13-1 in 16 series, including 1 sweep and 7 times being swept…in 10 series from July 22 – August 25, the Mariners compiled a series record of 6-2-2, including 4 consecutive series wins, spanning August 13-25…the Mariners went 3-2-1 over their last 6 series and 7-5-2 over their last 14 series, dating back to August 13.
FIVE SPOT…the Mariners scored at least 5 runs in 75 of their 162 games this season (46.3%)…the Mariners went 54-21 (.720) when scoring at least 5 runs this season, ranking 20th in the Majors in winning percentage…when held to 4 or fewer runs, the Mariners went 14-73 (.111), ranking 26th in the Majors in winning percentage…following the All-Star Break, the Mariners were held to 4 or fewer runs in 43 of their 68 games, going 10-33 (.233) when scoring 4 or fewer and 6-29 (.171) when scoring 3 or fewer…went 19-6 (.760) when scoring 5 or more runs after the All-Star Break.
EXTRA, EXTRA!…the Mariners went 9-4 (.692) in extra-inning games…went 5-1 in their first 6 extra-inning contests before losing 3 of their next 4 but bounced back to go 3-0 in their last 3 such games…the Mariners .692 winning percentage in extra-inning games was 3rd-best in the Majors, trailing only San Francisco (.813/13-3) and Houston (.714/10-4)…since 2016, the Mariners are 39-18 (.684) in extra-inning games, leading the Majors in winning percentage, while ranking T2nd (also: Boston) in wins, behind San Francisco (47-27, .635).
ROLLERCOASTER…from Opening Day (March 20) through April 11, the Mariners were 13-2, the top record in the Major Leagues…from April 12 through June 4, the Mariners went 12-37 (.245), the worst record in the Majors…from June 5 through the end of the first half (July 8), the Mariners went 14-16 (.467)…opened the second half by going 2-8 from July 12-23, but from July 24 through the end of the regular season, were just 4 games under .500 (27-31/.466).
HOT START…the Mariners went 13-2 in their first 15 games, the best record in club history after 15 games…became just the 5th American League team in the last 39 seasons (1981-c) to start 13-2 or better…joined the 1981 Oakland Athletics (14-1), 1984 Detroit Tigers (14-1), 1987 Milwaukee Brewers (14-1), and 2018 Boston Red Sox (13-2) in accomplishing this feat.
IN THE SWING OF THINGS…in the first 15 games of the season, the Mariners scored 117 runs and belted 36 home runs…the Mariners 36 home runs tied the 2000 St. Louis Cardinals for the most by any team in Major League history in the first 15 games of a season…the Mariners 117 runs scored were 5th-most through 15 games by any team in the Major Leagues since 1900…the Mariners 117 runs scored were 2nd-most since 1900 by an American League team in the first 15 games of a season, trailing only the 1901 Baltimore Orioles (125)…research courtesy of STATS Inc.
GOODBYE BASEBALL…the Mariners homered in each of their first 20 games, setting a Major League record for consecutive games with a home run to begin a season (previous: 14, 2002 Cleveland Indians)…the Mariners streak of 20 consecutive games with a home run, accomplished March 20 – April 16, marked the 2nd-longest streak at any point in single-season club history (23, June 20 – July 19, 2013)…the Mariners became the 10th American League team since 1908 to homer in at least 20 consecutive games at any point in a single season and the first since the 2016 Boston Red Sox (22, April 29 – May 22, 2016); the 2019 Yankees later homered in 31 straight games (5/26 – 6/30).
POWER AT THE PLATE…in addition to homering in their first 20 games, the Mariners recorded a double in each of their initial 20 contests this season…the Mariners became the 2nd team in Major League history to record a double and a home run in at least 20 consecutive games at any point in a single season…trail only the Major League record of 21 straight games with a double and a homer, set by the Atlanta Braves from June 27 – July 24, 2006 (STATS Inc.).
MAY DAY…went 7-21 (.250) in the month of May, tied with Toronto for the worst record in the Majors this May…marked the Mariners worst record in May in club history…won back-to-back games once in the month of May: May 13-14…had losing streaks of 4 games and 6 games…went 2-14 on the road, 5-7 at home…their 6.03 ERA (161 ER, 240.1 IP) was 2nd-highest in the Majors this May (Pittsburgh, 6.19).
DOUBLE DIGITS…the Mariners scored at least 10 runs in 16 games this season, tied for 6th-most in the American League (also: Texas)/12th-most in the Majors (also: Arizona)…the Mariners allowed at least 10 runs in 24 games this season, 5th-most in the Majors; only Pittsburgh (31), Baltimore (27), Colorado (27) and Texas (25) allowed 10-or-more runs in more games…the Mariners won 5 games with a run differential of at least +10, tied with St. Louis for the 6th-most such games in the Majors, trailing Houston (10), Boston (8), Washington (8), Oakland (7) and Pittsburgh (6)…the Mariners lost 8 games with a run differential of at least -10, 3rd-most in the Majors behind Baltimore (11) and Pittsburgh (9).
WALK IT OFF…the Mariners recorded 7 walk-off wins in 2019: April 26 vs. Texas, 5-4 (Mitch Haniger, RBI-fielder’s choice), May 13 vs. Oakland, 6-5 (Omar Narváez, RBI-sinlge), July 26 vs. Detroit, 3-2 (Mallex Smith, RBI-single), July 28 vs. Detroit, 3-2 (J.P. Crawford, RBI-single), September 14 vs. Chicago, 2-1 (Narváez, solo home run), September 15 vs. Chicago-AL, 11-10 (Tom Murphy, bases-loaded walk) and September 27 vs. Oakland (Crawford, RBI-double)…four of the Mariners 7 walk-off wins came in a span of 20 home games, July 26 – September 17…the Mariners 7 walk-off wins tied for 6th-most in the American League (also: Boston and Cleveland), trailing Oakland (10), Tampa Bay (10), Texas (9), Houston (8) and Toronto (8).
ON THE MARCO…Marco Gonzales ranked among the top-10 American League leaders in wins, innings pitched, starts and quality starts…he was 1 of 4 American League pitchers to rank 7th or better in each of those statistics, joining Gerrit Cole-HOU, Lance Lynn-TEX and Justin Verlander-HOU…he tied with Ivan Nova-CWS, Eduardo Rodríguez-BOS and Justin Verlander-HOU for the AL lead with 34 starts, while he also ranked T5th in wins (16), 7th in innings pitched (203.0) and T6th in quality starts (19)…Gonzales is the first Mariner with at least 16 wins, 200.0 innings and 19 quality starts since Félix Hernández in 2015.
HOMERS BY OMAR…Omar Narváez belted 22 home runs – all while playing catcher…among catchers (primary position) his 22 home runs ranked 5th in the American League/8th in the Major Leagues…his 22 home runs ranked T2nd-most by Mariners catchers in a single season, tied with Mike Zunino in 2014, while trailing only Zunino's 25 home runs in 2017.
HEY NOW…the Mariners had 1 representative on the American League squad at the 90th annual Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH: 1B/DH Daniel Vogelbach…Vogelbach went 0-for-1 at the All-Star Game as a pinch-hitter/DH…at 26 years of age, he is the Mariners youngest position player selected to the All-Star Game since José López in 2006 (22).
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOMER…the Mariners belted 239 home runs, 7th-most in the American League and 12th-most in the Major Leagues…trailed Minnesota (307), New York-AL (306), Houston (288), Los Angeles-NL (279), Oakland (257), Chicago-NL (256), Milwaukee (250), Atlanta (249), Toronto (247), Boston (245) and New York-NL (242)…ranked 4th in single-season club history, behind only the Mariners clubs of 1997 (264), 1996 (245) and 1999 (244).
WALK THE WALK…the Mariners ranked 6th in the Majors with 588 walks, trailing only Houston (645), Milwaukee (629), Atlanta (619), Los Angeles-NL (607) and Boston (590)…however, the Mariners ranked last in the Majors in intentional walks drawn with 7…Seattle was 1 of 2 clubs in 2019 to draw fewer than 10 intentional walks, joining Baltimore (8); Toronto drew 10 intentional walks…for the 2nd year in a row, the Mariners set the single-season club record for fewest intentional walks drawn after drawing only 17 intentional walks in 2017…the Mariners 7 intentional walks drawn in 2019 were the fewest in single-season Major League history dating back to 1955 and joined this year’s Orioles as the only clubs with fewer than 10 intentional walks over the last 65 seasons.
CONTROL THE ZONE…the Mariners led the Major Leagues in pitches-per-plate-appearance this season with a mark of 4.11…ranked ahead of New York-AL (4.05), Texas (4.03), Milwaukee (4.01) and St. Louis (4.01)…Daniel Vogelbach ranked 2nd among all players, averaging 4.53 pitches-per-plate-appearance; he trailed only Rhys Hoskins-PHI (4.56), while ranking ahead of Max Muncy-LAD (4.38), Brett Gardner-NYY (4.32) and Yasmani Grandal-MIL (4.32)…since 1988, Vogelbach's 4.53 pitches-per-plate-appearance rate is the top mark in single-season club history; ranks ahead of Hall of Famer Edgar Martinez in 1999 (4.33), Martinez in 1996 (4.32), Martinez in 2003 (4.32) and Alex Rodriguez in 2000 (4.26)…since 1988, the Mariners 4.11 pitches-per-plate-appearance rate is the highest in single-season club history; ranks ahead of the Mariners clubs of 2000 (3.98), 1999 (3.92), 2013 (3.91) and 2016 (3.89).
WHAT A RELIEF…in large part due to the Mariners using a “bulk” relief pitcher in 28 games, the Mariners set a single-season club record for innings pitched by relievers with 694.1…surpassed the previous club record of 599.1 innings pitched by relievers in the club’s inaugural campaign of 1977…Mariners relievers ranked 4th in the Major Leagues in innings pitched in 2019, trailing only Tampa Bay (772.0), Los Angeles-AL (761.2) and Toronto (729.0).
HOME AND AWAY…the Mariners were 1 of 18 Major League teams, including 1 of 10 American League teams, to hit at least 100 home runs at home and 100 home runs on the road in 2019…marked the 6th season in club history in which the Mariners hit 100-or-more home runs at home and on the road (also: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2016).
HOME RUN PARTY…for the first time in club history, 8 Mariners hit at least 15 home runs in a single season, surpassing the previous club record of 7 players with 15-or-more home runs, set in 1997 (Jay Buhner, Russ Davis, Ken Griffey Jr., Edgar Martinez, Alex Rodriguez, Paul Sorrento and Dan Wilson)…Daniel Vogelbach led the 2019 Mariners with 30 home runs, followed by Kyle Seager (23), Omar Narváez (22), Edwin Encarnación (21), Domingo Santana (21), Tom Murphy (18), Mitch Haniger (15) and Tim Beckham (15); Jay Bruce hit 14 home runs as a Mariner before he was traded to Philadelphia on June 2…the Mariners were 1 of 8 clubs to have at least 8 players hit at least 15 home runs in 2019, joining Minnesota (9), Toronto (9), Washington (9), Boston (8), Houston (8), Los Angeles-NL (8) and New York-AL (8).
BACKSTOP POP…the Mariners set a single-season club record for home runs by catchers (while playing the position) with 40…Omar Narváez (22) and Tom Murphy (18) combined to hit 40 home runs while playing catcher, surpassing the previous club record of 28 home runs by Mariners catchers in 2017 (Mike Zunino, 25, Carlos Ruiz, 2, Mike Marjama, 1)…the Mariners 40 home runs by catchers 2nd-most in single-season American League history, trailing only the 2019 Minnesota Twins (44)…both Narváez and Murphy hit all of their home runs this season while playing catcher.
CATCHING ON…Mariners catchers (while playing catcher) combined to hit .282 (170x603) with 90 runs, 19 doubles, 1 triple, 40 home runs, 92 RBI, 59 walks, a .348 on-base percentage and a .516 slugging percentage (.864 OPS) this season…they ranked among the top-5 team offensive leaders as catchers in hits, runs, home runs, RBI, batting, on-base, slugging and OPS…Mariners catchers led all teams’ catchers in batting and hits, while ranking 2nd in home runs, 2nd in on-base percentage, 2nd in slugging, 2nd in OPS, 3rd in runs, 5th in RBI and T7th in extra-base hits (60)…four players started at catcher for the Mariners this season: Omar Narváez (91), Tom Murphy (66), Austin Nola (4) and David Freitas (1).
WHIFF…Mariners batters recorded 1,581 strikeouts this season, tied with San Diego for 2nd-most in the Major Leagues…only Detroit (1,595) struck out more times this season…the Mariners 1,581 strikeouts are the most in single-season club history and more than 200 more punchouts than the previous club record (1,353, 2013)…Domingo Santana's 164 strikeouts were 13th-most in the Major Leagues this season and tied for 5th-most in single-season club history (also: Nelson Cruz, 2015).
OFF TO THE RACES…Mallex Smith led the Major Leagues with 46 stolen bases…became the 2nd Mariners player in club history to lead the Majors in stolen bases, joining Ichiro Suzuki in 2001 (56)…Smith's 46 stolen bases ranked T5th in single-season club history (also: Julio Cruz, 1982, and Alex Rodriguez, 1998)…after recording 40 stolen bases with Tampa Bay in 2018, Smith is the only player in the Majors to record at least 40 steals in each of the last 2 seasons.
ON THE GO…the Mariners recorded 115 stolen bases, 3rd-most in the American League/5th-most in the Major Leagues…trailed Texas (131), Kansas City (117), St. Louis (116) and Washington (116)…the 115 stolen bases tied for 14th-most in single-season club history (also: 1998)…the 115 stolen bases were the most by the Mariners since 2011 (125)…Mallex Smith led the Majors with 46 stolen bases…he was followed on the Mariners by Dee Gordon (22), Dylan Moore (11), Domingo Santana (8), Tim Lopes (6), J.P. Crawford (5), Mitch Haniger (4), Shed Long (3), Keon Broxton (2), Tom Murphy (2), Kyle Seager (2), Tim Beckham (1), Jay Bruce (1), Kristopher Negrón (1) and Austin Nola (1).
MULTI-HOMER MADNESS…the Mariners had 20 multi-homer games by individual players this season, 3rd-most in single-season club history…trailed only the Mariners clubs of 1996 (23) and 1998 (21)…the Mariners ranked 6th in the Major Leagues this season in player games with at least 2 home runs, trailing Minnesota (33), New York-AL (28), Houston (24), Toronto (24) and Los Angeles-NL (23)…Tom Murphy, Domingo Santana, Daniel Vogelbach and Edwin Encarnación each had 3 multi-homer games for the Mariners this season, followed by Omar Narváez (2), Kyle Seager (2), Ryon Healy (1), Austin Nola (1), Jay Bruce (1) and Tim Beckham (1).
SAVE IT…nine different pitchers recorded at least 1 save for the Mariners this season: Roenis Elías (14), Anthony Bass (5), Matt Magill (5), Anthony Swarzak (3), Hunter Strickland (2), Erik Swanson (2), Chasen Bradford (1), Nick Rumbelow (1) and Connor Sadzeck (1)…the Mariners were 1 of 7 teams in the Major Leagues this season with at least 9 pitchers with at least 1 save apiece…marks the 4th time in franchise history that the Mariners have had at least 9 pitchers record a save in a single season: 1985 (10), 2008 (10) and 1993 (9)…in the Mariners first 15 games this season, six different pitchers recorded a save (Elías, Strickland, Swarzak, Bradford, Rumbelow and Sadzeck)…the Mariners became the first team in the Major Leagues since the save became an official statistic in 1969 to have 6 different pitchers record a save in a club’s first 15 games of a season…previously, two clubs had 5 pitchers with a save through their first 15 games: the 1979 Boston Red Sox and the 2000 Colorado Rockies.
POWER & PATIENCE…among American League leaders, Daniel Vogelbach ranked 5th in walks (92) and T30th in home runs (30)…he became just the 5th Mariners player (done 6x) in club history to reach 30 home runs and 90 walks in a season (last: Edgar Martinez, 2000, 37 HR, 96 BB) and only the 2nd left-handed batter in club history (also: Ken Griffey Jr., 2x, 1993 and 1999)…Vogelbach was 1 of 9 Major Leaguers this season to record at least 30 home runs and 90 walks, joining Cody Bellinger-LAD (47 HR, 95 BB), Alex Bregman-HOU (41 HR, 119 BB), Josh Donaldson-ATL (37 HR, 100 BB), Bryce Harper-PHI (35 HR, 99 BB), Max Muncy-LAD (35 HR, 90 BB), Carlos Santana-CLE (34 HR, 108 BB), Juan Soto-WAS (34 HR, 108 BB) and Mike Trout-LAA (45 HR, 110 BB).
WALK THE LINE…Daniel Vogelbach drew a team-leading 92 walks in 2019, becoming the 7th Mariners player (done 21x) in club history with at least 90 walks in a season and the first since Edgar Martinez in 2003 (92 BB)…Vogelbach is the 4th left-handed batter (done 10x) in club history with 90-or-more walks in a season and the first since John Olerud in 2002 (98 BB).
REVOLVING DOOR…Daniel Vogelbach led the Mariners in games played in 2019 with 144…marked only the 2nd full season in club history in which the Mariners did not have a player appear in at least 150 games, joining the 1983 Mariners, who were led by Pat Putnam with 144 games played.
THEY HIT DINGERS…of the 27 position players to record at least 1 at-bat for the Mariners this season, 21 hit at least 1 home run in a Mariners uniform…the 21 players with at least 1 home run was tied for 3rd-most in club history (also: 1983 and 1998), trailing only the 2011 Mariners (23) and the 2009 Mariners (22)…the Mariners 21 players with at least 1 home run tied for 6th-most in the Majors in 2019 (also: Arizona and Chicago-NL), trailing only San Francisco (24), New York-NL (23), Cincinnati (22), Cleveland (22) and New York-AL (22)…the only Mariners position players to record an at-bat but not homer in 2019 were Braden Bishop (56 AB), Jake Fraley (40 AB), Kristopher Negrón (23 AB), Donnie Walton (16 AB), Ichiro Suzuki (5 AB) and David Freitas (2 AB).
BACK-TO-BACK…the Mariners hit back-to-back home runs 13 times this season, tied with Houston for 4th-most in the Major Leagues this season…trailed only Los Angeles-NL (17), Atlanta (16) and Toronto (14)…on August 13 at Detroit, Kyle Seager and Tom Murphy hit back-to-back home runs in the 4th and 6th innings, becoming the 3rd pair of teammates in club history to hit back-to-back home runs twice in the same game…joined Bret Boone and Mike Cameron (5/2/02 at CWS, 1st inning twice) and Ken Griffey Jr. and Edgar Martinez (4/21/96 vs. TOR, 2nd and 4th innings).
FOR OPENERS…the Mariners employed an “opener” in 26 games in 2019, getting starts from Matt Wisler (8), Matt Carasiti (5), Austin Adams (2), Gerson Bautista (2), Cory Gearrin (2), Tayler Scott (2), Erik Swanson (2), Sam Tuivailala (2) and Reggie McClain (1)…(26 “Openers” does not include Yusei Kikuchi’s planned short start on April 26 vs. Texas, a bullpen start on August 17 at Toronto or Justin Dunn’s starts)…the Mariners had 29 relief appearances by “followers”: Tommy Milone (16) and Wade LeBlanc (13), combining for a record of 7-10 with a 4.47 ERA (76 ER, 153.0 IP) with 103 strikeouts and 30 walks…Milone went 3-7 with a 5.14 ERA (43 ER, 75.1 IP) with 55 strikeouts and 15 walks…LeBlanc was 4-3 with a 4.09 ERA (33 ER, 72.2 IP) with 48 strikeouts and 15 walks…the Mariners went 10-19 in 29 games pitched primarily by a “follower”.
THREE'S COMPANY…on August 13 at Detroit, Kyle Seager became the 11th Mariner (done 13x) in club history to hit 3 home runs in a game (last: José López, 9/22/10 at TOR)…he was the first Mariners lefty to do so since Ken Griffey Jr. (4/25/97 at TOR)…he also equaled his career-high with 6 RBI (also: 5/26/15 at TB).
MANAGERIAL MILESTONE…Scott Servais earned his 300th career managerial win – all with the Mariners – on July 30 at Texas…became the 2nd manager in club history to reach the 300-win plateau, joining Lou Piniella, who went 840-711 (.542) in 10 years at the helm of the Mariners…Servais managed his 590th career game on July 24 vs. Texas, surpassing Darrell Johnson (589) for 2nd-most games managed in club history; trails only Piniella (1,551).
THEY CAN PICK IT…from July 1 through the end of the regular season, Mariners infielders (1B, 2B, 3B, SS) led the American League in fielding percentage while tying for the AL lead in fewest errors committed (also: Cleveland)…in that span, Mariners infielders successfully converted 1,490 of 1,512 total chances for a .985 fielding percentage…among Major League infields over that span, the Mariners ranked 5th in fielding percentage with a mark of .985, trailing only St. Louis (.992), Atlanta (.991), Washington (.988) and New York-NL (.987)…among Major League infields over that span, the Mariners ranked T5th in fewest errors committed with 22 (also: Cincinnati and Cleveland), trailing only St. Louis (13), Atlanta (14), Washington (18), New York-NL (20).
SIMPLY SEAGER…Kyle Seager moved up the Mariners all-time leaderboard this season and now ranks among the club's top-5 career leaders in several offensive categories…among the Mariners all-time leaders, Seager ranks 5th in games (1,261), 5th in at-bats (4,755), 5th in hits (1,218), 4th in doubles (268), 4th in home runs (198), 5th in RBI (666) and 4th in extra-base hits (479)…for games played, Seager moved past Harold Reynolds (1,155) on May 25 at Oakland, Alvin Davis (1,166) on June 5 vs. Houston and Dan Wilson (1,251) on September 19 at Pittsburgh…for hits, Seager surpassed Alvin Davis (1,163) on July 28 vs. Detroit…for home runs, Seager leapfrogged Alex Rodriguez (189) on August 17 at Toronto…Seager also recorded his 250th career double on May 25 at Oakland.
20/20 VISION…Kyle Seager recorded his 8th consecutive season of at least 20 home runs, becoming the 4th Mariner in club history with 8-or-more seasons of 20-plus homers…joins Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. (9), Hall of Famer Edgar Martinez (8) and Jay Buhner (8)…Seager is the only player in club history with at least 20 home runs in 8 consecutive seasons…since 2012, Seager is 1 of 4 players in the Majors with 8 seasons of at least 20 home runs, joining Nelson Cruz, Edwin Encarnación and Mike Trout.
GOODBYE BASEBALL…Kyle Seager had 2 multi-homer games this season (8/13 at DET – 3 and 9/5 at HOU – 2), bringing his career total to 10…he is 1 of 6 players in club history to have 10-or-more multi-homer games: Ken Griffey Jr. (40), Edgar Martinez (22), Jay Buhner (22), Alex Rodriguez (15) and Nelson Cruz (14).
PITCHING IN…two Mariners position players made pitching appearances this season: Dylan Moore (1) and Tom Murphy (3)…Murphy was 1 of 6 primary position players to make at least 3 pitching appearances in 2019 (also: Russell Martin-LAD, 4, Tyler White-HOU, 4, Stevie Wilkerson-BAL, 4, Mike Brosseau-TB, 3, and Hernán Pérez-MIL, 3)…Murphy’s 3 pitching appearances match the single-season club record by a primary position player, set by Andrew Romine in 2018…Murphy recorded 2 scoreless outings: May 18 vs. Minnesota and June 2 vs. Los Angeles-AL…in his appearance on May 18 against the Twins, Murphy became the first non-pitcher to record 2 strikeouts while facing 3 batters since Philadelphia’s Granny Hamner on July 22, 1956 vs. Milwaukee (game #2 of a doubleheader).
AVOIDING THE DOUBLE PLAY…the Mariners grounded into 83 double plays, the fewest in the Majors this season…ranked ahead of Philadelphia (97), Texas (98), Los Angeles-NL (100) and Minnesota (101)…among qualifying batters, Daniel Vogelbach hit into the 6th-fewest double plays in the Majors this season at 4 (tied with Rougned Odor-TEX and Joc Pederson-LAD)…only Yoán Moncada-CWS (1), Ozzie Albies-ATL (2), Kolten Wong-STL (2), Austin Meadows-TB (3) and Trevor Story-COL (3) hit into fewer double plays this season…the Mariners 83 double plays were 3rd-fewest in single-season club history, behind only the 1981 club (70 GIDP) and the 2011 club (82 GIDP).
GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION…Tim Lopes and Kyle Lewis each recorded their first career hits by hitting a home run this season…Lopes did so on August 6 vs. San Diego, while Lewis accomplished this feat on September 10 vs. Cincinnati…including Lopes and Lewis, 9 Mariners in club history have homered for their first career hit: Dave Henderson (4/17/1981 vs. OAK), Orlando Mercado (9/19/1982 vs. TEX), Jamie Nelson (7/21/1983 vs. BOS), Alvin Davis (4/11/1984 vs. BOS), Greg Dobbs (9/8/2004 vs. CLE), Kenji Johjima (4/3/2006 vs. LAA) and Dae-Ho Lee (4/8/2016 vs. OAK).
KYLE LEWIS AND THE NEWS…Kyle Lewis hit safely in 8 of his first 10 career games, batting .325 (13x40) with 10 runs, 3 doubles, 6 home runs, 12 RBI and 2 walks…here are some notes on Lewis' hot start:
· Homered in each of his first 3 career games, 4 of his first 6, 5 of his first 8 and 6 of his first 10 games.
· First player in Major League history to homer in 6 of his first 10 career games.
· Second player in big league history to homer in each of his first 3 career games (also: Trevor Story-COL, 2016).
· 9th Mariner in club history to homer for first career hit.
· First Mariner in club history to homer in 4 of first 6 career games and 4th Major Leaguer to do so (also: Trevor Story-COL, 5 G, 2016; Yordan Alvarez-HOU, 4 G, 2019; Sam Horn-BOS, 4 G, 1987)…STATS LLC.
· Had 4 extra-base hits in first 3 career games – first Mariner to do so – and 9 extra-base hits in first 10 career games – second Mariner to do so (also: Alvin Davis, 1984).
· Hit the Mariners longest home run of the year, a 457-foot blast off Lucas Sims on September 12 vs. the Reds.
· Hit his first career home run, a game-tying homer in the 5th inning, on September 10 vs. Cincinnati…his second home run was a go-ahead, 3-run home run in the 7th inning on September 11 vs. Cincinnati…became the 1st player in Major League history to hit a game-tying or go-ahead home run in the 5th inning or later in each of his first 2 games.
INTERLEAGUE RECAP…the Mariners went 9-11 in Interleague Play, including going 6-3 over their last 9 contests against the National League…10 of the Mariners 20 games against the National League were decided by 2 or fewer runs, and an additional 3 games were decided by 3 or fewer runs…after posting an Interleague winning percentage of .500-or-better in 14 of 18 seasons from 2000-17, the Mariners are 15-25 (.375) against the National League over the last 2 seasons.
GET THAT BALL…the Mariners had 6 players hit their first career Major League home run this season: Dylan Moore (4/8 at KC, Homer Bailey), Shed Long (6/12 at MIN, Blake Parker), Austin Nola (6/28 at HOU, Wade Miley), Tim Lopes (8/6 vs. SD, Adrian Morejon), Ryan Court (8/9 vs. TB, Emilio Pagan) and Kyle Lewis (9/10 vs. CIN, Trevor Bauer)…the 6 players with their first career homer ranks T3rd-most in club history (also 2011: Dustin Ackley, Greg Halman, Alex Liddi, Carlos Peguero, Trayvon Robinson & Kyle Seager), trailing 8 players in 1983 (Jamie Allen, Al Chambers, Darnell Coles, Jamie Nelson, Ricky Nelson, Spike Owen, Ken Phelps, Domingo Ramos) and 7 players during the inaugural season in 1977 (Jose Baez, Juan Bernhardt, Larry Cox, Julio Cruz, Skip Jutze, Carlos Lopez, Jimmy Sexton).
RELIABLE ROOKIE…Yusei Kikuchi made 32 start this season, tied for 4th-most by a rookie in single-season club history…tied with Matt Young (1983), while trailing Dave Fleming (33, 1992), Freddy Garcia (33, 1999) and Mark Langston (33, 1984)…Kikuchi's 32 starts were tied with Sandy Alcantara-MIA, Dakota Hudson-STL and Merrill Kelly-ARI for the Major League lead among rookies in 2019…Kikuchi tallied 116 strikeouts this season, 6th-most by a Mariners rookie in single-season club history, trailing Langston (204, 1984), Michael Pineda (173, 2011), Garcia (170, 1999), Roenis Elias (143, 2014) and Young (130, 1983).
NEW FACES…of the 67 players who appeared with the Mariners in 2019, 41 were new to the organization from the end of the 2018 campaign, including 11 who were new to the organization since the beginning of Spring Training this year…the Mariners used 41 players in 2019 who were new to the organization from the end of the 2018 season, and the Cardinals used 43 players in total, fewest in the Majors in 2019…19 players who played with the Mariners this season are either no longer with the organization or no longer actively playing Major League Baseball.
THE BRAD ADAM NOTE…there was at least 1 home run hit by the Mariners or their opponent in each of their first 107 games…marks the longest streak in single-season Major League history, surpassing the record of 69 straight set by 3 different teams: 1985 Baltimore Orioles, 2017 Chicago White Sox and 2017 Texas Rangers…the streak was snapped on July 27 vs. Detroit…via STATS LLC.
ADAMS FAMILY…in 27 relief appearances with the Mariners, Austin Adams averaged 15.03 strikeouts-per-9.0-innings (49 K, 29.1 IP), 3rd-best by a Mariners reliever in single-season club history (min. 100 BF); trails only Edwin Díaz in 2016 (15.33) and Díaz in 2018 (15.22)…ranked 3rd among American League relievers this season (min. 100 BF), trailing Darwinzon Hernández-BOS (16.46) and Matt Barnes-BOS (15.39).
#EXCE11ENCE…Edgar Martinez was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 20, joining Ken Griffey Jr. (2016) as the only players inducted into the Hall of Fame as Mariners…Martinez was elected to the Hall of Fame in his 10th and final year on the Baseball Writers Association of America ballot, receiving 85.4% (363x425) of the vote.
FRANCHISE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD…Ichiro Suzuki received the Mariners Franchise Achievement Award on September 14 in a ceremony prior to the game against the White Sox at T-Mobile Park…Suzuki became the 3rd recipient of the award, joining Chairman Emeriti John Ellis and Howard Lincoln, who were honored in 2016 for their leadership in keeping Major League Baseball in Seattle and for their 24 years of service to the organization.
DRAFT RECAP…the Mariners selected 41 players in the 2019 MLB First-Year Player Draft, highlighted by their first pick, RHP George Kirby from Elon University with the 20th overall selection…the Mariners selected 23 pitchers – including 3 left-handers – 4 catchers, 9 infielders and 5 outfielders…the Mariners selected 33 college players and 8 high school players.
ALL-STAR FUTURES GAME…for the just 3rd time in 21 years, three Mariners were named to the roster for the 2019 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which took place on July 7 at Progessive Field in Cleveland…RHP Justin Dunn, OF Jarred Kelenic and INF Evan White represented the Mariners on the American League roster…the Mariners were 1 of 5 teams with 3 players on either the AL or NL roster for the 2019 Futures Game, joining Detroit, Miami, Tampa Bay and San Diego…marked the 3rd time the Mariners had 3 players in the Futures Game since the event began in 1999, joining the Mariners clubs of 2004 (Félix Hernandez, Shin-Soo Choo and Jeremy Reed) and 2013 (Taijuan Walker, Ji-Man Choi and Brad Miller)…Kelenic (0x3) and White (0x1) each started for the American League sqaud, while Dunn struck out 1 in 1.0 scoreless inning in relief.
MINOR LEAGUE AWARDS…the Mariners announced the organization’s Minor League Awards for the 2019 season: OF Jarred Kelenic (AA Arkansas/High-A Modesto/A West Virginia) received the Ken Griffey Jr. Minor League Hitter of the Year, RHP Logan Gilbert (AA Arkansas/High-A Modesto/A West Virginia) received the Jamie Moyer Minor League Pitcher of the Year, INF Joe Rizzo (High-A Modesto) received the Alvin Davis “Mr. Mariner” Award, INF Donnie Walton (Seattle/AA Arkansas) received the Dan Wilson Minor League Community Service Award, INF Connor Hoover (AAA Tacoma/AA Arkansas/High-A Modesto/A West Virginia/Short-A Everett/Rookie AZL Mariners) received the Edgar Martinez “Rake Report” Award, RHP Penn Murfee (AAA Tacoma/AA Arkansas/High-A Modesto) received the “60 ft., 6 in. Club” Award and pitching coach Rob Marcello (High-A Modesto) received the Dave Henderson Minor League Staff Member of the Year Award.
WINS AND LOSSES…the Mariners went 22-59 (.272) vs. opponents with a winning percentage of at least .500, but 46-35 (.568) vs. opponents with a sub-.500 record.
IT'S A BROTHER THING…Austin Nola hit 10 home runs this season…his brother, Aaron, went 12-7 in 34 starts with the Phillies…Austin and Aaron are the first set of brothers to record 10 home runs and 10 wins in a single season since George Brett-KC (22 HR) and Ken Brett-CWS/CAL (13 W) in 1977.
EJECTIONS…manager Scott Servais was ejected four times this season: May 26 at Oakland (Chirs Guccione, arguing replay review), June 15 at Oakland (Carlos Torres, arguing balls and strikes), September 11 vs. Cincinnati (John Libka, arguing lack of interference call) and September 25 vs. Houston (Sam Holbrook, arguing balls and strikes); brings his managerial career ejection total to 11…two players were ejected this season: Daniel Vogelbach (August 6 vs. San Diego, Mark Wegner, arguing balls and strikes) and Keon Broxton (August 27 vs. New York-AL, Manny Gonzalez, throwing equipment which contacted an umpire); marked the first career ejection for both Vogelbach and Broxton…one coach was ejected this season: Tim Laker (August 13 at Detroit, Eric Cooper, arguing balls and strikes); marked his first ejection as a coach.
THAT’S A NO-NO…the Mariners were no-hit twice in 2019: July 12 at Los Angeles-AL (Taylor Cole, 2.0 IP, Felix Peña, 7.0 IP) and August 3 at Houston (Aaron Sanchez, 6.0 IP, Will Harris, 1.0 IP, Joe Biagini, 1.0 IP, Chris Devenski, 1.0 IP)…since 1901, became the 14th team to be no-hit twice in a single season: 1917 White Sox, 1923 Philadelphia Athletics, 1960 Phillies, 1965 Cubs, 1967 Tigers, 1971 Reds, 1973 Tigers, 1977 Angels, 1996 Rockies, 2001 Padres, 2010 Rays, 2015 Mets and 2015 Dodgers…marked the 4th and 5th times to be no-hit in club history.
OPENING DAY TIDBITS…Ichiro Suzuki was the oldest player on the Mariners 2019 Opening Day roster (45 years, 149 days) while Braden Bishop was the youngest (25 years, 210 days)…Bishop, Brandon Brennan, Matt Festa, David Freitas, Yusei Kikuchi, Dylan Moore, Nick Rumbelow and Zac Rosscup each appeared on their first Opening Day rosters…it was the 18th Opening Day for Suzuki and the 14th for Félix Hernández…the Mariners Opening Day roster was represented by 5 different countries: Cuba (Roenis Elías), Dominican Republic (Encarnación and Domingo Santana), Japan (Kikuchi and Suzuki), United States (22 players) and Venezuela (Hernández and Omar Narváez).
OPENING IN JAPAN…the Mariners opened the season with a 2-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics at the 2019 Japan Opening Series in Tokyo…marked the second time in club history the Mariners opened the season in Japan (also: 2012 vs. OAK, 1-1)…with his Opening Day start, Ichiro Suzuki became the oldest position player to start on Opening Day in American League history at the age of 45 years, 149 days…he also became the oldest player in club history (previous: Gaylord Perry, 44 years, 280 days)…Yusei Kikuchi made his Major League debut in the second game, becoming the first Japanese-born player to make his big league debut in Japan…Ichiro announced his retirement following the series.
UNDER REVIEW…in the 6th year of Major League Baseball’s expanded instant replay, the Mariners challenged 37 plays, with 16 being overturned…the 43.2% overturn rate ranked 9th in the American League/T19th in the Major Leagues (also: Chicago-NL)…four clubs had a success rate of at least 60%: Kansas City (75.0%/24x32), New York-AL (69.6%/16x23), Texas (63.3%/31x49) and Boston (60.5%/23x38)…in 2019, there were 1,356 reviews after 1,338 in 2015, 1,502 in 2016, 1,395 in 2017 and 1,400 in 2018…597 calls were overturned in 2018 (44.0%)…the average time of review in 2019 was 1:16; it was 1:51 in 2015, 1:36 in 2016, 1:28 in 2017 and 1:23 in 2018.