MLB: Mariners GameDay 2021 — August 1 at Texas

Game #106: Mariners (56–49) at Rangers (37–67) | First Pitch: 11:35 am PT / 1:35 pm CT | Globe Life Field

Starting Pitchers: LHP Marco Gonzales (3–5, 5.48) vs. RHP Mike Foltynewicz (2–10, 6.11)

Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network…also Mariners.com (for MLB.tv subscribers)

TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT SPORTS

Live Stats: MLB Gameday (live box score with pitch-by-pitch data)

Starting Lineups: Starting lineups will be posted on MarinersMedia.com and Twitter when they become available

Pronunciations: Name pronunciations for the Mariners 40-man roster can be found on Mariners.com.

AS YOU KNOWKyle Seager homered last night against Texas…it was his 4th home run in his last 5 games…BUT, DID YOU KNOW?…that Seager has hit 35 home runs in his career against the Texas Rangers, tied for 9th-most all-time?…Seager tied Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle and Frank Thomas, along with Troy Glaus and Tim Salmon…Mantle hit 35 homers against the Washington Senators prior to their relocation to Texas before the 1972 season…Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson has the most home runs (54) against the Senators/Rangers, while Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, along with Jason Giambi, are directly in front of Seager on the all-time list with 37 homers against the Senators/Rangers.

TODAY’S TILT…the Mariners continue their 10-game, 3-city road trip with the last of 3 games against the Texas Rangers (1–1)…will travel to Tampa Bay to begin a 3-game series tomorrow night (8/2–8/4), followed by a 4-game series at New York-AL (8/5–8/8)…Seattle is coming off a winning homestand (4–3) against AL West Division counterparts Oakland (3–1) and Houston (1–2)…today’s game will be televised on ROOT SPORTS, as well as broadcast on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network.

ODDS AND ENDS…dropped last night’s middle game by a 5–4 score in 10 innings…Seattle fell to 10–2 in extra innings this season…are 5–3 in their last 8 games, 11–7 in their last 18, 22–13 over their last 35, 25–14 over their last 39 and 35–23 over their last 58…are 21–14 in day games and 35–35 at night…are 33–23 at T-Mobile Park and 23–26 on the road…are 47–17 when scoring at least 4 runs and 9–32 when scoring 3 or fewer runs…are 39–4 when out-hitting their opponent.

  • Last 12 Series — The Mariners have won or split 10 of their last 12 series, owning an 8–2–2 series record over their last 12 going into today’s rubber match vs. Texas.
  • Roadrunners — The Mariners are 9–5 in their last 14 road games.
  • It’s a Beautiful Day For a Ballgame — The Mariners are 21–14 (.600) in 35 day games this season.
  • Fitting First Name — Ty France recorded his 6th game-tying RBI of the season last night, which leads the Mariners…Mitch Haniger (5) has the 2nd-most on the team.
  • 1-Run Record — Despite last night’s 5–4 loss, the Mariners own the best 1-run record (23–9, .719) in the Majors, leading Los Angeles-AL (18–9, .667)…they are tied for the most 1-run wins (23) in the Majors with the New York Mets.
  • Most Players — 59 players have appeared in a game for Seattle this season, which leads the Majors…Seattle’s 35 pitchers used is tied for most in the Majors with the New York Mets.

COUNT ON SEAGSKyle Seager went 2-for-4 with a 2-run home run last night…the third baseman is riding a season-high 6-game hitting streak (7/25-c), reaching base safely in 11 consecutive games (7/20-c)…he’s also homered in 4 of his last 5 games, 1 of 3 Mariners to accomplish that feat this season (also: Mitch Haniger, 5/11–5/15 and Luis Torrens, 6/17–6/25)…in 14 games since the All-Star Break, Seager is batting .269 (14×52) with 11 runs, 1 double, 6 home runs, 14 RBI and 10 walks…he’s gotten on-base at a .387 clip, slugging .636 with a 1.022 OPS in that span.

  • Kyle Messes with Texas — In 175 career games against the Rangers, Seager is batting .292 (195×667) with 39 doubles, 2 triples, 35 home runs, 115 RBI, 9 stolen bases and 67 walks with an .881 OPS.

CRAWDADDYJ.P. Crawford went 2-for-5 last night, including a 2-out, go-ahead RBI single in the top of the 10th inning…has hit safely in 5 of his last 6 games, batting .333 (9×27) with 5 runs, 1 double, 2 RBI, 1 walk and 1 hit-by-pitch in that span…Crawford leads the American League in games played (104) this season and is rated by Baseball-Reference as Seattle’s most valuable player this season by Wins Above Replacement (2.4).

GAME-TYING TYTy France went 1-for-5 last night with a game-tying solo home run in the 9th inning off Texas reliever Spencer Patton…he’s tied a career-high 9-game hitting streak (also: 6/12–6/20/2021)…France is batting .297 (11×37) with 8 runs, 2 doubles, 1 home run, 2 RBI, 1 walk and 2 hit-by-pitches during the streak…in 58 games since May 24, the 27-year-old is batting .303 (67×221) with 30 runs, 14 doubles, 7 home runs, 31 RBI, 11 walks and 12 hit-by-pitches…he’s gotten on-base at a .364 clip, slugging .462 with an .826 OPS in that span…the Mariners own a 35–23 (.603) record in those games.

4 OF LAST 5…the Mariners finished the month of July with a 14–10 (.583) record…after a 14–12 (.538) June, Seattle has put together back-to-back winning months and also 3 of 4 winning months to begin the season…went 15–12 (.556) in April and 13–15 (.464) in May…dating back to Sept. 2020 (12–11, .522), the Mariners have recorded winning records in 4 of their last 5 months.

THE HANI MAN CANMitch Haniger went 2-for-4 last night with a walk and run scored …in 100 games this season, Haniger is batting .261 (103×395) with 71 runs, 18 doubles, 1 triple, 25 home runs and 63 RBI…he’s gotten on-base at a .318 clip, slugging .501 with an .819 OPS…he leads American League outfielders in runs scored (71), is tied for 3rd in RBI (63) and is tied with Joey Gallo-TEX/NYY for most home runs (25).

WEST SIDE STORY…the Mariners play the last of 10 consecutive games against the American League West Division, their 3rd-longest intra-divisional streak this season…Seattle is 5–4 during the current divisional stretch and 26–19 (.578) in 45 overall games against the AL West this season and 30–30 in 60 games outside the division…Seattle went 9–5 during a season-high 14-game stretch against divisional opponents from May 24-June 6…the Mariners play their final 13 games of the regular season in the division.

THE BULLPEN…the Mariners bullpen is 27–15 with 29 saves and a 4.06 ERA (183 ER, 406.0 IP) with 354 hits allowed, 145 walks and 407 strikeouts this season…FanGraphs rates Seattle relievers as the 2nd-most valuable by Wins Above Replacement (4.7) this season, trailing only Tampa Bay (5.5) and ranking ahead of New York-AL (4.6), Boston (3.9) and Chicago-AL (3.7).

  • Erik Swanson (1.0 IP, 1 SO last night) has 1 save and a 0.47 ERA (1 ER, 19.1 IP) with 7 walks and 19 strikeouts in 15 games (2 starts) this season…his 0.47 ERA is lowest in the American League among pitchers with at least 15.0 IP and 2nd in the Majors, trailing only Brad Wieck-CHC (0.00 ERA in 17.0 IP).
  • Casey Sadler (1.0 IP, 1 SO) has a 1.84 ERA (3 ER, 14.2 IP) with 7 walks and 14 strikeouts in 15 games this season…after last night’s appearance, has exactly 100.0 career innings pitched in the Majors.
  • Paul Sewald (1.0 IP) is 6–2 with 4 saves and a 2.16 ERA (8 ER, 33.1 IP) with 12 walks and 56 strikeouts this season…despite not recording a strikeout last night, his 15.12 strikeout-per-9 innings ratio is ranked 4th in the Majors and 2nd in the American League, trailing only Aroldis Chapman-NYY (15.53).

WHAT WE DO…the Mariners have a .480 slugging percentage with runners in scoring position this season, ranking 2nd in the Majors behind Toronto (.487)…Seattle’s .265 (202×762) average with RISP ranks 5th in the American League and 7th in the Majors…J.P. Crawford is batting .349 (22×63) with RISP, Kyle Seager is batting .330 (29×88), Ty France is batting .326 (28×86) and Mitch Haniger is batting .315 (23×73)…FanGraphs rates the Mariners as the most clutch offense in the Majors with a “Clutch” metric of 7.35…they lead Boston (3.88) and Philadelphia (3.80).

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