IMPROVEMENT…with a 75-87 record (6 wins shy of finishing .500), the Mariners had an 8-win improvement from 2011 (67-95) and a 14-win improvement from 2010 (61-101)…the offense improved with 40 more home runs (149 in ’12, 109 in ’11) and scored 63 more runs (619 in ’12, 556 in ’11).
AWARD SEASON…Kyle Seager was named the Mariners MVP position player for 2012, RHP Felix Hernandez the MVP pitcher for the fifth consecutive season and C/DH John Jaso the Unsung Hero in awards presented by the Seattle chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America…additionally, INF Munenori Kawasaki was the Mariners nominee for the MLBPAA Heart and Hustle Award and Hernandez was a nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award and one of 10 finalists for the Hutch Award.
PERFECT GAME…Felix Hernandez threw the 23rd perfect game in Major League history Aug. 15 in a 1-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays at Safeco Field in Seattle…here are some statistical facts about the historical performance:
The perfect game was the 23rd in Major League history, the 14th in the American League, and the first in Mariners history (5,700th game in club history including post-season).
Recorded 12 strikeouts in the perfect game, the 4th-most in a perfect game trailing 14 by Sandy Koufax (1965) and Matt Cain (2012) and 13 by Randy Johnson (2004).
Native Venezuelan became the 2nd pitcher born outside the United States to throw a perfect game…Dennis Martinez (Nicaragua) retired all 27 batters he faced for the Expos at Dodger Stadium in 1991.
COMBINED NO-HITTER…Six Mariners pitchers collaborated for the 10th combined no-hitter in Major League history June 8 in a 1-0 win over the Dodgers at Safeco Field…it was the 3rd no-hitter in club history…Kevin Millwood (6.0), Charlie Furbush (0.2), Stephen Pryor (0.1), Lucas Luetge (0.1), Brandon League (0.2) and Tom Wilhelmsen (1.0) tied the MLB record for most pitchers used in a no-hitter (HOU vs. NYY, 6/11/03).
A CRAZY SEASON…the 2012 season featured just about every baseball oddity you can imagine…Felix Hernandez threw a perfect game (8/15 vs. TB) and six pitchers combined to throw a no-hitter (6/8 vs. LAD)…the offense scored a 2012 MLB-high 21 runs (5/30 at TEX) and tied a Major League record with 20 strikeouts (9/25 at LAA)…were also on the opposing side of a perfect game (Philip Humber, 4/21 vs. CWS), a cycle (Aaron Hill, 6/18 at ARI) and an inside-the-park home run (Ryan Roberts, 6/20 at ARI).
FIT FOR A KING…Felix Hernandez went 13-9 with a 3.06 ERA (79 ER, 232.0 IP) with 5 shutouts and 223 strikeouts in 33 starts…among AL starters ranked 1st in shutouts, 2nd in complete games (5), 2nd in innings pitched, T3rd in strikeouts, T4th in games started and T5th in quality starts (21)…he also led the Majors with 12 starts where he allowed 1 or fewer runs in 8.0 or more innings (R.A. Dickey was 2nd w/7)…recorded 11 no-decisions to tie for the AL lead, posting a 2.45 ERA…had 4 ND allowing 1 R or less in 8.0+ IP.
200 K, 200.0 IP CLUB…Felix Hernandez recorded his 4th consecutive season with 200.0 IP and 200 strikeouts…is the first pitcher in club history with four consecutive 200 K, 200.0 IP seasons, and joins Justin Verlander (DET) as the only active pitchers with four straight 200 K, 200.0 IP seasons since 2009.
SIMPLY SEAGER…Kyle Seager led the team in home runs (20), RBI (86), doubles (35), extra base hits (56) and games played (155)…he became the 12th player in club history (24th time) to record a season with at least 20 HR, 35 2B and 85 RBI (first since Jose Lopez in 2009)…Seager is also just the 2nd player in club history to record 20 HR and 85 RBI in either of his first two Major League seasons, joining Mr. Mariner Alvin Davis, who set Mariners rookie records with 27 home runs and 116 RBI during his debut season in 1984.
DOUBLE-DIGIT DINGERS…the Mariners finished the season with 8 players with double-digits in home runs, joining the Yankees (10 players) and A’s (8 players) as the only teams with at least 8 players with 10+ home runs…Kyle Seager (20), Justin Smoak (19), Michael Saunders (19), Jesus Montero (15), Dustin Ackley (12), Miguel Olivo (12), John Jaso (10) and Casper Wells (10) all reached double-digits in longballs, marking the first time since 1997 (9 players) that 8 or more Mariners had 10+ home runs…this season also marked the first time with 4 players with 15+ home runs since 2009 (Branyan/Griffey Jr./Gutierrez/Lopez).
CLOSE GAMES…the Mariners played 53 1-run games (25-28), tied for the 2nd-most among American League teams (MIN – 54, KC – 53)…also went 13-16 in 2-run games…82 of 162 games (50.6%) were decided by 2 or fewer runs…also ranked T3rd in the AL playing 15 extra-inning games (5-10).
ROOF MOVEMENT…the Safeco Field roof was open for 71 of 81 games, tying the record set in 2006…went 37-34 (.521) with the roof open, and 2-3 (.400) with the roof closed and 1-4 (.200) when there was a roof movement.