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Bullpen, starters, Seager and other Mariners notes

By Gary Hill

A few notes on third baseman Kyle Seager, the Mariners’ bullpen, their starting rotation and more:

• Seager is one of just eight players in their age-25 season or younger with at least 300 at-bats who maintains an OPS above .800.

Mike Trout, 1.004
Paul Goldschmidt, .939
Freddie Freeman, .864
Domonic Brown, .860
Justin Upton, .849
Brandon Belt, .830
Kyle Seager, .828
Jean Segura, .803

• Dustin Ackley is hitting .385 in August with three doubles and one triple. His slash for the month is .385/.415/.513.

• The three worst bullpens in baseball according to ERA reside in the American League West.

28th: Angels 4.54
29th: Mariners, 4.64
30th: Astros, 5.24

• Speaking of the bullpen, here is the evolution of Danny Farquhar:

First 17 MLB games: 8.77 ERA, 32 H, 12 BB, 37 K
Next 13 MLB games: 1.08 ERA, 8 H, 5 BB, 25 K

• M’s starters ranked by average innings pitched per start in August:

Hisashi Iwakuma, 7
Felix Hernandez, 6.25
Erasmo Ramirez, 5
Joe Saunders, 4.8
Aaron Harang, 4

• M’s starters ranked by total innings pitched for the season in the American League:

1. Felix Hernandez, 178.2
6. Hisashi Iwakuma, 171
27. Joe Saunders, 144.1
56. Aaron Harang, 107.2

• Seattle owns the season series versus Oakland 8-5. The Mariners are the only team below .500 who have the season series advantage over the A’s.

The Mariners have played 69 games against teams above .500 and are 30-39. They’ve played 54 games against teams below .500 and are 27-27.

The Blue Jays have met teams above .500 an MLB-high 91 times. They have only faced sub-.500 teams in 33 games. The Braves have only faced above-.500 teams 37 times while 87 of their games have come against teams below .500.

The Mariners are 29-25 against the AL West.

• Outfielder Michael Saunders has vastly different splits in wins compared to losses.

Saunders in wins: .301/.401/.559, 8 HR, 28 RBI, 11 SB, 9 2B
Saunders in losses: .174/.251/.256, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 1 SB, 6 2B

• Reliever Charlie Furbush has faced 102 left-handed batters this season and they are only hitting .138 against him. Here is the list of pitchers who have faced at least 60 left-handed hitters this season, sorted by batting average:

Paco Rodriguez, .134
Charlie Furbush, .138
Luis Avilan, .140
Chris Sale, .146
Clayton Kershaw, .147
Francisco Liriano, .148
Drew Smyly, .158
Madison Bumgarner, .161