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 19-51 when allowing the opponent to score first.
- Philadelphia is 3-59 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 31-27 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 13-46 when getting outhit.
- Philadelphia is 154-114 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 436-321es.
- Philadelphia is just 17-34 (.333) 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.
- Chase Utley was 0-for-4 but grounded into a fielder's choice in the ninth inning then later scored the Phillies' first run on a wild pitch.
- Domonic Brown hit an RBI double in the ninth to drive in Marlon Byrd.
- Ryan Howard went 1-for-4 with a double, the only Phillies' extra-base hit until Brown's double.
- Byrd was 1-for-4 with a run scored on the night but struck out three times.
- Carlos Ruiz went 1-for-3 and was hit with a 95 mph fastball in the ninth inning.
- Jimmy Rollins was 1-for-3 with a walk on the night.
- The only other Phillie to record a hit was Cody Asche who went 1-for-4.
- Ben Revere went 0-for-4 dropping his batting average to .313.
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 seven of their last nine games and 11 of their last 14 to position themselves firmly in the American League playoff race.
- The Mariners have not allowed five runs in any of their 18 games in August.
- Seattle is 62-17 when scoring three or more runs and 51-10 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 57 games this season.
- Seattle is 43-13 when holding their opponent to two or fewer runs.
- Mike Zunino had a strong game at the plate for the Mariners going 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
- Dustin Ackley had another great game for Seattle going 1-for-3 with a double, two walks and a run scored.
- Kyle Seager hit a monster home run to right field in the sixth inning on a 3-0 fastball to give the Mariners a 3-0 lead. He went 1-for-5 with a solo home run on the night.
- Robinson Cano was 1-for-4 with a walk, a stolen base and a run scored. But Cano struck out for just the third time this month and for the first time in back to back games since July 21-22.
- Logan Morrison went 1-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI.
- Austin Jackson recorded a double, walked and scored a run at the top of the Mariners order.
3-0, 2.20 ERA, 0.94 WHIP
Paxton, 25, allowed one run on five hits with a walk and two strikeouts in six innings in Friday's win over the Tigers. He has not allowed more than three runs in any of his five starts this season. Paxton has allowed one earned run in each of his last two starts. He has never pitched against the Phillies in his career.
6-6, 2.44 ERA, 1.13 WHIP
Hamels, 30, allowed three runs on nine hits with two walks and five strikeouts in seven innings against the Giants on Friday. He is 0-1 in three August starts and the Phillies are 1-2 in those starts. Hamels has never pitched against the Seattle Mariners. In 130 career starts at Citizens Bank Park, he is 53-41 with a 3.28 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP.