Mariners Game Notes — June 21 at Miami | by Mariners PR | Jun, 2024

AS YOU MAY KNOW…tonight’s starting pitcher George Kirby leads the Majors in strikeout-to-walk ratio (9.33) for the second consecutive season…the Mariners overall pitching staff also leads the Majors in SO/BB (3.48), ranking ahead of Minnesota (3.35) and Boston (3.33), but…DID YOU KNOW?…that the Mariners current 3.48 SO/BB ratio is best in franchise history?…it ranks ahead of the 3.47 SO/BB put together last season, with the 3.32 SO/BB (2018), 3.11 (2022) and 2.87 (2016) marks rounding out the top-5 in team history, and…DID YOU ALSO KNOW?…that Kirby (0.9 BB/9) and Seattle’s overall pitching staff (2.4 BB/9) also both lead the Majors in fewest walks-per-9 innings?…Seattle is also on pace to set a franchise record in that category, with its current 2.4 BB/9 ranking slightly ahead of the 2.5 mark set during the 2018 campaign.

TONIGHT’S TILT…the Mariners continue their 9-game road trip with the first of 3 games against the Miami Marlins…Seattle started off the trip with a 3-game series against the Cleveland Guardians (1–2) and will finish the trip visiting the Tampa Bay Rays (3 G, June 24–26)…the Mariners are coming off a 7-game homestand (6–1) against the Chicago White Sox (3–1) and Texas Rangers (3–0)…tonight’s game will be televised live on ROOT SPORTS with Aaron Goldsmith and Mike Blowers on the call…the game will also be broadcast live on Seattle Sports (710 AM) with Rick Rizzs and Gary Hill Jr. on the call.

ODDS AND ENDS…the Mariners lost to the Guardians by a 6–3 score in yesterday’s series finale…despite back-to-back losses for just the second time over their last 24 games, the Mariners are 13–6 (.684) over their last 19 games (5/31-c) and 17–7 (.708) over their last 24 games (5/26-c), tied for best record in the Majors during that span…Seattle is 34–3 when out-hitting its opponent.

  • #TexasVoteEm — MLB All-Star Voting is live, with the first phase of voting ending on June 27…you can vote for Mariners at…the 2024 All-Star Game is set for July 16 in Arlington, Texas.
  • Lid Lifters — The Mariners have won 3 consecutive series openers and 6 of their last 7 since May 27.
  • Against LHP’s — Seattle is 14–9 (.609) in games against left-handed starting pitchers, 5th-best in MLB.
  • Series-ly Sensational — The Mariners own a 13–5–1 series record over their last 19 series (4/15-c).
  • Taking Care of Business — Seattle is 30–14 (.682) against below-.500 teams, 5th-best in MLB.
  • Party In The City Where The Heat Is On Julio Rodríguez hit his first career home run at Miami’s loanDepot park on May 1, 2022, a 3-run homer off Marlins starter Sandy Alcántara.

BEST IN THE WEST…the Mariners (44–33) hold 1st place in the American League West Division by 8.0 games over the 2nd place Houston Astros (35–40) and 8.5 games over the 3rd place Texas Rangers (34–40)…the Mariners have held 1st place for 40 consecutive days (5/12-c)…Seattle’s 8.0 game lead over the division is the largest gap in the American League and 2nd-largest gap in the Majors, trailing only the Dodgers’ 9.0 game lead over the Diamondbacks and Padres in the NL West.

GEORGE IS DOING IT AGAIN, FOLKS…right-hander George Kirby leads the Majors in strikeout-to-walk ratio (9.33) and fewest walks-per-9 innings (0.9)…in 15 starts this season, Kirby has 84 strikeouts and 9 walks in 86.1 innings…Kirby also led the Majors in both categories last season and is vying to become the first pitcher to lead the Majors in both SO/BB and BB/9 in back-to-back seasons since Cliff Lee for the Phillies from 2012–13.

KINGS OF QUALITY…the Mariners pitching staff leads the Majors in quality starts (46), with Seattle going 36–10 (.783) when its starter goes 6.0+ innings while allowing 3-or-fewer earned runs…the Mariners have 4 starters with 8+ quality starts this season: Logan Gilbert (12 QS), Luis Castillo (10), George Kirby (8) and Bryce Miller (8), the only team in the Majors with 4 pitchers recording 8+ QS this season…only the Phillies have even 3 pitchers (Aaron Nola, Ranger Suarez, Zack Wheeler) with 8+ QS.

ANDRÉS MUÑOZ: WORTHY OF BEING AN AL ALL-STAR…right-hander Andrés Muñoz has 13 saves and a 1.47 ERA (5 ER, 30.2 IP) with 42 strikeouts and 10 walks in 29 appearances this season…Muñoz has posted a 0.95 WHIP and limited opposing hitters to a .176 batting average…the 25-year-old is 1 of 2 American League pitchers with 13+ saves and a sub-2.00 ERA this season, along with Emmanuel Clase-CLE…Muñoz has recorded 5 saves of 4+ outs, most in the Majors this season.

IT’S LIKE THE MOORE YOU GIVE, THE MOORE I WANTDylan Moore went 1-for-3 with a home run, 2 RBI, walk and stolen base yesterday…in 33 road games this season, D-Mo has posted a .968 OPS, batting .272 (28×103) with 22 runs, 10 doubles, 1 triple, 6 home runs, 16 RBI, 9 stolen bases and 19 walks, getting on base at a .405 clip and slugging .563…among players with at least 100 plate appearances on the road this season, Moore’s .968 OPS ranks 8th in MLB and his .405 OBP ranks 9th.

CAL DOES IT ALLCal Raleigh leads Major League catchers in catcher caught stealing (14), ranking ahead of Gabriel Moreno-ARI (12), Carson Kelly-DET (12) and Will Smith-LAD (12)…the Mariners backstop has hit 12 home runs this season, tied for 3rd-most among MLB catchers with Ryan Jeffers-MIN, trailing Adley Rutschman-BAL (14 HR) and Shea Langeliers-OAK (13)…Raleigh has 71 career HR (2021-c), making him one of 8 catchers in MLB history with 71+ home runs through his first 4 seasons, despite appearing in just 47 games during his rookie campaign (2021)…the other 7 catchers are Mike Piazza (92 HR), Rudy York (88), Johnny Bench (87), Earl Williams (83), Will Smith (72), Gary Sánchez (71) and Carlos Santana (71).

GOOD THING IT’S NOT A BUS TRIP…Seattle’s home ballpark T-Mobile Park is approximately a 3,324-mile drive from loanDepot park, home of the Miami Marlins…the distance between Seattle and Miami is the farthest between 2 MLB teams…according to Baseball Savant, the Mariners will travel 47,438 total miles during the 2024 regular season, 3rd-most in MLB and most among teams only traveling in the U.S. and Canada…only the Padres (51,690 miles) and Dodgers (49,131) are scheduled to travel more than the Mariners…San Diego and Los Angeles-NL’s miles traveled includes their series played in South Korea.

THE BONE YARD…Seattle’s infield defense (1B/2B/3B/SS) has a .987 fielding percentage (18 errors in 1,366 total chances), tied for best in the AL with Minnesota…Josh Rojas’ 6 Outs Above Average are the most among third basemen via Baseball SavantJ.P. Crawford leads MLB shortstops in fielding percentage (.994), committing just 1 error across 167 total chances.

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