Hello there, everyone. My name is Connor Hutyler and I work as a Real-Time Correspondent for MLB.com. This basically means that I help create and gather content for Major League Baseball Advanced Media at home games for the Seattle Mariners. The job is a lot of fun but I've been wanting to do a lot more writing, so the fine folks here at Lookout Landing have been kind enough to allow me to do that here from time to time.
For my first post, I decided to peruse the World Wide Web (but mostly the Seattle Mariners Game Notes for today's game) and find a few of the interesting streaks and milestones to watch for as the Mariners take on the Texas Rangers today. It's pretty exciting, hard-hitting stuff. Buckle up!
Warning: I love awful puns, but I will try to keep those to a minimum.
Jonesin’ for some hits (sorry).
Rookie center fielder James Jones has obviously been a pleasant surprise in the leadoff spot for the Mariners, but he has a chance to make history today. With his base hit in Sunday’s 6-2 win over the Minnesota Twins, he became just the second Mariner player ever to hit safely in his first ten Major League starts.
With a hit today, Jones can surpass Edgar Martinez—who also hit safely in his first ten starts during the 1987 season—and become the first Seattle Mariner to hit safely in his first 11 big league starts. It goes without saying, but if you’ve managed to achieve a hitting milestone previously only reached by Edgar Martinez, you’re probably doing something right.
Jones is currently batting .326 and is riding a 9-game hitting streak, so try to keep an eye on him today (he’s pretty fast) as he tries to make franchise history and extend his hitting streak to ten games. Per today's Mariners Game Notes, Dustin Ackley and Mike Carp (both in 2011) were the last two Mariner rookies to post double-digit hitting streaks.
This Robinson Cano fellow is pretty good at baseball.
If you aren't part of the irrational, angry mob complaining about Robinson Cano's lack of home runs, you've probably noticed that he has been an absolute treat to watch this season. Cano’s 54 base hits put him in a tie for 8th most in the MLB and only four players have had more multi-hit games than his 16 this season.
One of the most impressive Cano stats, though, is the fact that he has played in all 43 games this year and has managed to safely reach base in 40 of them. Cano has reached base safely in the last 26 consecutive games, which is the longest active streak in Major League Baseball.
Hisashi will break you.
In each of his last two starts, starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma has pitched 8.0 scoreless without allowing a walk. Additionally, Iwakuma hasn't allowed a run in 16.0 consecutive innings, so look for him to extend that streak today.