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Mariners Pregame: Last gasp at postseason chances, lineups and starters against the Angels

Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 4:38 p.m.

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Mike Leake throws to the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, in Seattle. (Ted S. Warren / Associated Press)
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Mike Leake throws to the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, in Seattle. (Ted S. Warren / Associated Press)

Game 141: Seattle Mariners (69-71) vs. Los Angeles Angels (72-68) at 7:10 p.m. in the first of a three-game series at Safeco Field.

The Mariners try to rebound this weekend after losing to Houston 5-3 on Thursday courtesy of Cameron Maybin’s two-run home run home run in the ninth inning off Edwin Diaz, to complete a three-game sweep.

The M’s are 3-7 in their last 10 and all but eliminated from any chance at the postseason. They are four games behind Minnesota for the second wildcard spot – with six other teams ahead of them.

The Angels are 6-4 in their last 10 and are one game out of the wildcard spot.

Nelson Cruz, Mike Zunino and Robinson Canó have combined to hit .381 with six doubles and eight home runs versus today’s Angels starter, Ricky Nolasco. The three are a combined 24 for 63 against the righty.

Lineups and starters

Courtesy @MarinersPR
Courtesy @MarinersPR

Starters: RHP Mike Leake (1-0, 2.57) vs. RHP Ricky Nolasco (6-12, 5.08)

Mariners Notes

  • 3B Kyle Seager has homered in three consecutive games for the second time this season. Since 1998, only one Mariners left-handed batter has homered in four straight games (Seth Smith, June 30-July 3 last season). Smith is also the last Mariner to hit a home run in four consecutive games.
  • Seattle starters are 2-0 with a 2.65 ERA (10 ER, 34 innings) with 27 strikeouts in six September starts, allowing two earned runs or less in each outing. The M’s have recorded four straight quality starts, and five in the last six.
  • 2B Robinson Canó is one home run shy of reaching 300 home runs for his career. When Canó reaches the 300-home run plateau, he will become the 16th player in Major League history to record a career batting average of .300 or better while collecting at least 1,000 runs, 2,000 hits, 500 doubles, 300 home runs and 1,000 RBI.

This Day in Mariners History

In 2002, the Mariners scored eight runs in the 11th inning to beat the Royals 16-9 at Kaufmann Stadium in Kansas City. The game featured 27 hits, six home runs and 13 pitchers combining for 12 walks, two hit batters, four wild pitches and two blown saves.