THE RECORD…the Mariners reached the All-Star break with a 43-52 (.453) record…are 4th in the AL West, 13.0 games back of first-place Oakland, but only 2.0 games back of 3rd-place Los Angeles, posted a .500 record (25-25) at Safeco Field - and went 18-27 (.400) on the road…28 of 52 losses were by 3 or fewer runs, going 12-16 in one-run games and 8-6 in two-run contests…held a lead in 22 of 52 defeats and recorded 14 comeback wins
…suffered 14 defeats in the opponents last at-bat, tied with Chicago and Detroit for the AL lead…6 walk-off losses were T2nd in the AL (Detroit - 7)…recorded a series record of 12-14-5, going 5-5 in rubber games (won 4 of last 6)…had a trio of season-high 3-game winning streaks, including a current 3-game win streak heading into the break…had a season-high 8-game losing streak May 17-25…24-24 vs. the AL West, 8-9 vs. AL East, 5-11 vs. AL Central and 6-8 in Interleague play.
FIRST-HALF IMPROVEMENT…the Mariners are 43-52 (.453) at the break, a 7-win improvement from where the Mariners were last All-Star break (36-51)…through 95 games last season Seattle had a 40-55 record…since last season’s All-Star break the Mariners are 82-88.
ALL-STARS…Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma were voted to the 2013 All-Star Game in New York on the players ballot…is the fourth All-Star Game for Felix (2009, 2011-13) and the first MLB All-Star Game for Iwakuma (made 3 all-star teams in Japan)…Felix threw a scoreless 4th inning in the AL’s 3-0 win over the NL.
FELIX FOUR-TIME ALL-STAR…Felix Hernandez was selected to play in the 2013 All-Star Game (via player voting)…is his 4th selection to the Midsummer Classic, having been named to the 2009, 2011 and 2012 ASG…Felix is the 6th player in club history to be selected to at least four All-Star games, and just the second pitcher…joins Ken Griffey Jr. (10; 1990, ‘91, ‘92-MVP, ‘93, ‘94, ‘95, ‘96, ‘97, ‘98, ‘99), Ichiro (10; 2001, ‘02, ‘03, ‘04, ‘05, ‘06, ‘07-MVP, ‘08, ‘09, ‘10), Edgar Martinez (7; 1992, ‘95, ‘96, ‘97, 2000, ‘01, ‘03), Randy Johnson (5; 1990, ‘93, ‘94, ‘95, ‘97) and Alex Rodriguez (4; 1996, ‘97, ‘98, 2000).
KING FELIX…Felix Hernandez finished the first half 10-4 with an American League-leading 2.53 ERA…the 10 wins set a career-high before the All-Star break, betting his previous high of 9 in 2009…ranks amongst AL leaders in several pitching categories including wins (T5th, 10), innings pitched (1st, 138.2), strikeouts (3rd, 140), starts (T1st, 20), strikeout-to-walk ratio (2nd, 5.38), quality starts (T2nd, 15) and WHIP (6th, 1.10).
22 (AND COUNTING)…the Mariners head into the break with a franchise record streak of hitting a home run in 22 consecutive games (previous record: 19 G, Sept. 7-27, 1999)…the Mariners have homered in every game since June 20, combining for 37 home runs during the stretch…the current streak is the longest since the Atlanta Braves homered in 23 straight games in 2006…the last AL team to homer in at least 20 consecutive games was the Texas Rangers when they set the MLB record with a HR in 27 straight games (8/11-9/9/02).
HOMER HAPPY…the Mariners finished the first half of the season with 115 home runs, tied for 2nd-most in the Majors behind Baltimore (132)…the Mariners ranked 19th in the Majors last season with 149 home runs; Seattle needs just 34 home runs to match the total from all of last season…Mariners are averaging 1.21 HR/G (averaged 0.92 HR/G in 2012, 0.67 in 2011)…through 95 games last season the Mariners hit 83 home runs (0.87 HR/G)…Seattle has out-homered its opponent 115-111; has not finished a season with more home runs hit than allowed since 2007 (hit 153, allowed 147 that season).
5 x 10…Seattle hit the All-Star break with 5 different players with at least 10 home runs: Raul Ibañez - 24, Kyle Seager - 15, Kendrys Morales - 13, Jason Bay - 11, Michael Morse - 11…the Mariners have not had 5 or more players with at least 10 homers prior to the All-Star Break since 1999 (6 players)…the 5 players with 10+ HR ties the Blue Jays and Angels for the AL lead for most players with 10+ homers…the Mariners had 17 different players hit at least one home run, second-most in the AL behind Houston (19).
SWINGING THE BATS…in 22 games leading up to the All-Star break (coincidently also the 22-game homer streak), the Mariners combined to bat .275 (217x790) with a .481 SLG% and .822 OPS…during this stretch (since June 20) the Mariners lead the Majors in home runs (37), slugging, OPS and runs per game (5.50)…in 13 games in July the Mariners rank 2nd in the American League runs scored (76), 1st in runs per game (5.85), 1st in slugging percentage (.499), 2nd in on-base percentage (.356), 1st in batting average (.289/135x467), 1st in OPS (.853), 1st in home runs (22) and 2nd in extra base hits (51).
SHUTOUTS…the Mariners are tied for 3rd in the American League with 10 shutouts (CLE - 12, TB - 11), and tied their club record before the All-Star break…Seattle also had 10 shutouts in 2002 and 2003 before breaking for the All-Star game.
HE’S NOT OLDER, HE’S BETTER…Raul Ibañez leads the team and is T4th in the American League with 24 home runs…also leads the team and T16th in the American League with 56 RBI…the 24 HR tail only Chris Davis (37), Miguel Cabrera (30) and Edwin Encarnacion (25)…he is the oldest player in MLB history to record 20 homers and 50 RBI prior to the All-Star break.
GOOD COMPANY…Raul Ibañez is just the 5th player in Mariners history to collect 200+ doubles and 150+ home runs…Raul has 206 doubles and 151 home runs as a Mariner…he joins Ken Griffey Jr. (341 doubles, 417 homers), Edgar Martinez (514 2B, 309 HR), Jay Buhner (231 2B, 307 HR) and Alvin Davis (212 2B, 160 HR).
CHASING TED WILLIAMS & DARRELL EVANS…Raul Ibañez has recorded 24 home runs, and is chasing a couple of historic home run records for a player over 40 years old…Ibañez is playing in his age 41 season (turned 41 June 2) and was 41 years, 42 days as of the final game before the All-Star break…Ibañez’s 24 homers are currently 8th-best by a player 40-years or older (Darrell Evans holds record with 34 HR in 1987) and 4th-best by a player in their age 41 or older season (Ted Williams holds record with 29 HR in 1960)…Raul hit his third multi-HR game of the season July 12 vs. LAA, becoming the oldest player (41 years, 40 days) to record a multi-HR game since Moises Alou (also 41.40) on Aug. 12, 2007.
ONE MORE RAUL NOTE…Raul Ibañez recorded a historic first half of the season with 24 home runs and 56 RBI…after a slow start to the season, Raul hit .292 (63x216) with 22 home runs over his final 54 games (since May 10)…over the 54-game stretch he hit a home run every 9.82 at-bats.
EXTRA, EXTRA…the Mariners went 6-8 in extra inning games, tying the White Sox (5-9) for the most extra-inning games in the AL in the first half (Cincinnati & Arizona also played 14 x-inn games)…the 14 extra-inning games are 2nd-most in club history prior to the All-Star break, one shy of 15 in 1982.
SIMPLY SEAGER…Kyle Seager led the team in the first half in several offensive categories, including batting average (.293), runs scored (54), hits (107), doubles (24), total bases (178), extra base hits (40) and walks (36)…he recorded a trio of double-digit hitting streaks, including a 14-game streak to end the first half (.442/23x52, 16 R, 2 2B, 5 HR, 10 RBI)…also had a career-high 16-game streak April 11-27 (.390/23x59)…is one of only three Major League players with at least three separate hitting streaks of 10+ games, joining Jacoby Ellsbury (3, BOS) and Miguel Cabrera (4, DET).
ELITE AS HIS POSITION…since the start of the 2012 season, Kyle Seager has recorded 96 extra-base hits, 3rd-most by an American League third baseman (M. Cabrera - 135, A. Beltre - 114)…his 130 RBI are also 3rd-most (Cabrera - 234, Beltre - 157) and his 59 doubles are 2nd-most behind Cabrera (60).
CENTURY MARK…Kyle Seager leads team (T13th in AL) w/107 hits…he is the 12th player in franchise history (done 28 times) to record at least 100 hits before the All-Star Break, and first since Ichiro Suzuki recorded 118 hits prior to the ASG in 2010.
SMOAK(IN)…Justin Smoak ended the first half on a tear batting .386 (17x44) with 6 doubles, 2 home runs and 9 RBI in 12 games in July…in 22 games since being activated from the disabled list on June 18 (right oblique strain) he is batting .333 (26x78) with 6 doubles, 5 home runs, 14 RBI and a 1.018 OPS…since May 1, Smoak has recorded a .917 OPS, 5th-best among MLB first baseman (min. 150 PA)…overall Smoak is batting .272 (63x232) with 8 home runs in 68 games.
CUBANO EN FUEGO…Kendrys Morales hit .280 (98x350) with 22 doubles, 14 home runs and 54 RBI in 90 games in the first half…he led the team and T4th in the American League with 10 game-winning RBI and ranked 9th in batting with runners in scoring position (.358/29x81)…in 154 games since the 2012 All-Star break, Morales has combined to bat .270 with 28 home runs, 37 doubles, 94 RBI and a .807 OPS.
KUMA…Hisashi Iwakuma went 8-4 with a 3.02 ERA (44 ER, 131.1 IP) in 20 starts…Iwakuma led the AL in ERA through his first 14 starts of the season, going 7-1 with a 1.79 ERA…at the break ranks 6th in the AL in ERA, T7th in quality starts (13), 1st in WHIP (0.94), 10th in strikeouts (113), 1st in strikeout-to-walk ratio (5.95), 2nd in BB/9.0 IP (1.30), 5th in innings pitched (131.1) and T1st in starts (20).
July 17, 2013/Information from THE SEATTLE MARINERS