Phillies v. Mariners
Place: 5th in NL East
Last 10: 3-7
- Scoring first has been big for the Phillies as they are 35-20 when getting on the board first but just 19-50 when allowing the opponent to score first.
- Philadelphia is 3-58 when trailing after eight innings this season.
- However, they've done a good job of holding on to late leads going 41-4 when leading after eight innings.
- Starters going deep into games has not exactly been a guaranteed victory for the Phillies as they are just 30-26 when the starter goes longer than six innings.
- Out-hitting an opponent seems to be key as Philadelphia is 35-18 when out-hitting opponents but 13-45 when getting outhit.
- Philadelphia is 153-113 since 2005 in the month of August, the best record in the National League and second best in the majors behind only the Yankees in that span.
- The Phillies have the best second-half record in the National League over the last 10 years going 435-320.
- Philadelphia is just 16-33 (.327) in Interleague play since 2012, which is the second-worst winning percentage in Interleague play in Major League Baseball behind only Colorado's .245 winning percentage.
Place: 3rd in AL West
Last 10: 8-2
- The Mariners are playing at Citizens Bank Park for the first time ever and are making just their second trip to Philadelphia ever. Their only previous visit to Philadelphia came in 2003 when they swept the Phillies at the Vet.
- Seattle has won six of their last seven games and 10 of their last 12 to position themselves firmly in the American League playoff race.
- The Mariners have not allowed five runs in any of their 16 games in August.
- Seattle is 61-17 when scoring three or more runs and 50-10 when scoring four or more. On the other hand, the Mariners are just 6-39 when scoring two or fewer runs.
- The Mariners pitching has been fabulous this year as they have held opponents to two or fewer runs in a Major League-high 56 games this season.
- Seattle is 42-13 when holding their opponent to two or fewer runs.
- Robinson Cano has struck out only once in his last 16 games spanning 66 plate appearances.
9-9, 4.14 ERA, 1.25 WHIP
Elias, 26, allowed two runs on two hits with two walks and five strikeouts in 5.2 innings of work in August 7th's win over the White Sox. He has held opponents to one earned run in three of his last four starts dating back to July 21st. Elias has earned the decision in 12 of his last 13 starts. Elias has never pitched against the Phillies.
2-5, 6.43 ERA, 1.62 WHIP
Williams, 32, allowed two runs on five hits with a walk and three strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work in his Phillies debut against the Angels on Tuesday. In 15 career games (seven starts) against the Mariners, Williams is 5-2 with a 3.58 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. In one career start at Citizens Bank Park, he allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits in four innings of work.