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Mariners will 'host' Giants in S.F. due to poor air quality
San Francisco Giants at Seattle Mariners
- The Giants swept two games from the Mariners last week in San Francisco, winning 6-5 and 10-1. Dating back to 2009, the Giants and Mariners have split 16 meetings right down the middle, 8-8.
- The Giants were swept in what was supposed to be a 4-game series in San Diego from Thursday through Sunday, but ended up being a game on Thursday, two postponements on Friday and Saturday and a doubleheader on Sunday. The Giants are exactly one game under .500 for the 10th time this season.
- The Mariners are within 1.5 games of second-place Houston in the AL West, and catching the Astros is currently the best way for Seattle to make the postseason. The M's were 7-18 in their first 25 games of the season, but have gone 15-8 since.
- Donovan Solano is hitting .349 this season. The last Giants' second baseman (based on primary position in that season) to hit .349 (or better) through 47 team games (minimum 150 PA) was Hall-of-Famer Rogers Hornsby in his only season with the Giants in 1927. Solano has four 3+ hit games in September, tied most in MLB (Tim Anderson, CWS).
- Kyle Lewis is one of just three players in MLB currently leading their team in runs (34), hits (49), home runs (10) and walks (27). The other two are Minnesota's Nelson Cruz and St. Louis' Paul Goldschmidt. No Mariner has ever finished a season leading the club in these four categories.
- Tyler Anderson beat the Mariners in his last outing last Wednesday, throwing six scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and a walk while striking out four. It was Anderson's third game this season with 5.0+ innings pitched and zero earned runs allowed, and the only three such games for Giants starting pitchers in 2020.
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The Seattle Mariners are going to have to learn to feel at home on the road.
Their two-game series against the visiting San Francisco Giants, originally scheduled for Tuesday-Wednesday in Seattle, has instead been moved to the Bay Area because of poor air quality in the Puget Sound region because of wildfires in Washington and Oregon.
The teams will open the series Wednesday night at Oracle Park and are set to conclude it Thursday afternoon, which was supposed to have been an off day for both teams. The Mariners will be the home team for both games.
"Unfortunately, the air quality in Seattle has gotten worse overnight here at T-Mobile Park, and it is not clearing at all (Tuesday)," Mariners president Kevin Mather said in a statement Tuesday. "Forecasters expect it to clear late Thursday and into Friday morning.
"As always, the health and safety of the players and our staff is our first priority. To assure the games could be played, the best solution was to relocate to the Bay Area," he added. "We appreciate the Giants' willingness to work with us on this challenge, and we look forward to returning to T-Mobile Park on Friday to host the Padres."
The Mariners (22-26) played a make-up doubleheader Monday against the Oakland Athletics under hazy conditions. The retractable roof over T-Mobile Park was closed, but there are openings on the sides that let the smoke in.
The Giants (23-24) had already flown to Seattle, but were to return home Tuesday night.
San Francisco manager Gabe Kapler said the conditions in Monday's doubleheader in Seattle were a factor in the decision to move the games after discussions between the teams, as well as Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association.
"This is certainly a joint decision that was in the best interest of the players," Kapler said. "Everybody was reading the reports on the air quality. We all wanted to be safe, and players were definitely expressing some concerns."
For Mariners right-hander Ljay Newsome (0-0, 3.24 ERA), Wednesday will mark the return to the scene of the scariest moment of his short career.
In his second major league start last Tuesday, the Giants' Brandon Crawford led off the second inning and hit a 100-mph liner off Newsome's right wrist, knocking the rookie from the game. The Mariners' bullpen allowed three homers in a 6-5 defeat.
"I thought (Newsome) was throwing the ball pretty good," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "(The comebacker) changed the makeup of the game."
Newsome acknowledged it was frustrating getting KO'd with a 4-1 lead.
"It's kind of crazy," he said. "I've been hit plenty of times. I've never come out of a game though. It was different. It was slo-mo almost. I saw it the whole way, I just couldn't get my glove over, so it was just my initial reaction to get my arm up and protect myself."
When Servais and trainer Rob Nodine went to the mound, they could see seam marks from the ball on Newsome's wrist.
"He got smoked pretty good," Servais said.
Newsome was originally scheduled to oppose Tyler Anderson on Tuesday, but the Giants have pushed back Anderson's start to Thursday to allow fellow lefty-hander Drew Smyly (0-0, 2.92 ERA) to start Wednesday's game on regular rest.
Smyly is 1-2 with a 6.07 ERA in eight career appearances against the Mariners, including four starts.
--Field Level Media
Updated September 16, 2020