Phillies v. Mariners
Place: 5th in NL East
Last 10: 3-7
- Scoring first has been big for the Phillies as they are 36-20 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 42-4 when leading after eight innings.
- Starters going deep into games has not exactly been a guaranteed victory for the Phillies as they are just 31-26 when the starter goes longer than six innings.
- Out-hitting an opponent seems to be key as Philadelphia is 36-18 when out-hitting opponents but 13-45 when getting outhit.
- Philadelphia is 154-113 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 436-320.
- Philadelphia is just 17-33 (.340) 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.
- Andres Blanco had the big blast for the Phillies with his three-run home run in the fifth inning last night.
- It was Blanco's first home run with the Phillies and proved to be the game-winner.
- Darin Ruf had a solid game in left field going 2-for-3 at the plate with a walk, a double and a run scored.
- Ben Revere raised his average to a team-high .315 going 2-for-5 on the night with his 36th stolen base of the season.
- Carlos Ruiz was 0-for-2 batting in the two-hole but walked three times and scored a run.
- Marlon Byrd was 1-for-4 with an RBI double.
- Cody Asche had a decent game going 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.
- Ryan Howard got on base three times tonight going 1-for-2 with two walks.
Place: 3rd in AL West
Last 10: 7-3
- 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 eight games and 10 of their last 13 to position themselves firmly in the American League playoff race.
- The Mariners have not allowed five runs in any of their 17 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 6-40 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 twice in his last 17 games spanning 70 plate appearances.
- Dustin Ackley had a great game last night for Seattle going 3-for-4 with two doubles and the game's only RBI for the Mariners.
- Kyle Seager and Logan Morrison both went 1-for-3 with a walk on the night.
- The only other hit on the night for the Mariners came from pinch-hitter Endy Chavez.
11-6, 2.72 ERA, 0.97 WHIP
Iwakuma, 33, threw 6.2 shutout innings allowing five hits with a walk and five strikeouts in Wednesday's win over the Blue Jays. He has allowed one run or fewer in all three of his starts in August. Iwakuma has won three of his last four starts and has earned decisions in 15 of his last 17 dating back to May 20th. He has never pitched against the Phillies.
6-13, 4.35 ERA, 1.41 WHIP
Burnett, 37, allowed four runs on five hits with four walks and four strikeouts in six innings of work in Wednesday's loss to the Angels. In nine career games against the Mariners, Burnett is 3-3 with a 3.57 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. In 20 career games (19 starts) at Citizens Bank Park, he is 6-8 with a 3.83 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP