The latest edition of Felix Facts from the Mariners

With most BBWAA voters voting today (some did it yesterday) on their selected postseason awards, the Mariners issued another email of Felix Facts to the media. Here’s some of  the highlights

  • The Details - 15-6, 2.14 ERA (56 ER, 236.0 IP) in 34 starts (27 quality starts).
  • ERA Title - Claimed his second AL ERA title with a 2.14 mark ahead of Chris Sale (2.17).
  • Low ERA - ERA of 2.14 was the lowest by an AL pitcher since Pedro Martinez recorded a 1.74 mark in 2000.
  • Strong Finish - Posted a 1.66 ERA (7 ER, 38.0 IP) in 6 starts in September (2-1, 3 ND).
  • WHIP Leader - Had the lowest WHIP in the AL at 0.915, the lowest by an AL pitcher since Pedro Martinez in 2000 (0.737).
  • AL Leaderboard - ERA (1st, 2.14), Opponent Batting Average (1st, .200), Innings (2nd, 236.0), Starts (T1st, 34), Strikeouts (4th, 248), Wins (T8th, 15), Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio (5th, 5.39), Strikeouts per 9.0 IP (5th, 9.46).
  • The Felix Quality Start - Set a Major League record with 16 consecutive starts allowing 2 or fewer runs in at least 7.0 innings May 18-August 11…old record was 13 straight starts by Tom Seaver in 1971.
  • 200 Strikeouts - Is the only pitcher to record 200 strikeouts in each of the last 6 seasons (since 2009)…recorded his 6th consecutive season exceeding 200 strikeouts and 200.0 innings pitched; tied for 3rd-longest streak in MLB history behind Tom Seaver (9, 1968-76), Roger Clemens (7, 19867-92) and Walter Johnson (7, 1910-16),
  • Opponent Batting Average - Led the AL with a .200 opponent batting average.
  • Opponent On-Base Pct - Recorded the lowest opponent on-base percentage in the AL at .243, the 3rd-lowest by an AL pitcher during the designated hitter era (since 1973), trailing only Pedro Martinez (.213 in 2000) and Justin Verlander (.242 in 2011).
  • You’ll Get 7.0 - Pitched at least 7.0 innings in 24 of 34 starts, 2nd-best in AL (Price, 26).
  • 2 of Fewer Runs Allowed - Allowed 2 or fewer runs in AL leading 25 starts (Kluber 2nd with 23).
  • Team Leader - The Mariners were 22-12 when Felix started on the mound…posted an 8-4 record and 2.10 ERA in 19 starts following a Mariners team loss.
  • No-Decision - Recorded a 1.88 ERA in 13 no-decisions (2.09 run support average in no-decisions).
  • Sabermetrics - Ranked 6th in the AL in overall WAR (2nd amongst pitchers) at 6.2.
  • All-Star Starter - Was the starting pitcher for the AL in the All-Star game in Minneapolis (scoreless inning, 2 K).


Here’s their comparison table vs. other pitchers …

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Roster move: Jesus Montero activated from suspended list, Corey Hart DFA’d

The Mariners made a minor roster move today, activating Jesus Montero from the suspended list and returned to the 40-man roster. To make room, the club designated Corey Hart for assignment.

The organization had to reinstate Montero from the suspended list an with the season now over. He was placed there after getting into an altercation with Mariners’ national crosschecker Butch Baccala in the stands at a Class A game in Boise. The dispute started over an ice cream sandwich that Baccala had delivered to Class A Everett’s dugout. Montero was with the Aqua Sox for a rehab assignment.

The move to designate Hart is basically a paper move since he was going to a free agent next season. The Mariners signed him to a one-year, incentive-laden deal in hopes that he could provide some pop to the lineup. He did not.

He hit .203 with six homers and 31 RBI in just 68 games. He missed significant time with two separate DL stints.

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Notes and lineups for Game 162: Angels at Mariners


Update 11:57 a.m. 

If the Mariners win and the A’s lose, the game at Safeco Field on Monday would be a 1:07 p.m. start. Here’s the possibilities from MLB.

Update 11:37 a.m. 

Quick media session with manager Lloyd McClendon today. Not much you can really ask him. It’s just go out and play.

“I’m worried about today,” he said. “That’s it. All hands on deck and we’ll see what happens. Tomorrow, we’ll worry about tomorrow.”

Will he have his other starting pitchers in the bullpen on standby?.

“I got the best bullpen in baseball,” McClendon said. “What the hell do I need starters for.”

On the resiliency of his team?

“We’ve lost eight in a row, five in a row and another five in a row and we’ve gotten back up off the mat every time,” he said. “I don’t want anymore five in rows.”

McClendon said  that Endy Chavez’s two bunts were on his own.

“Those bunts were on his own,” McClendon said. “He asked me what I wanted him to do. I said, ‘whatever you feel comfortable doing,’ because you trust him. You trust his baseball instincts and he’s going to do what’s right.”

From earlier

Manager Lloyd McClendon starting Michael Saunders in right field. Yes, Kendrys Morales is at cleanup. No, I have no other reasoning behind it other than that’s what McClendon has wanted and continued to do since Morales was acquired.

It’s important to note that this is bullpen start for the Angels. So Cory Rasmus will probably go 3-4 innings at most. Seattle beat the Angels in their last bullpen start with Rasmus starting.

Down in Texas, the Rangers and A’s will start around noon. Nick Martinez is starting for the Rangers, per reports.


Official game notes

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