It’s good to be on the road.
At least it is for the Seattle Mariners.
Owners of the sixth-worst home record in the American League, the Mariners are 42-28 on the road. They have an AL-best .600 winning percentage away from Safeco Field, but the Mariners are under .500 (38-40) at home.
They embark on an 11-game road trip, starting with a four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels, followed by three games in Houston and four in Toronto. The Mariners then conclude the regular season with a three-game series Sept. 26-28 at Safeco Field against the Angels (who have won an AL-best 44 road games and a major league-
best 93 overall).
“Just keep going out there and playing hard,” said outfielder Austin Jackson, when asked what the the club needs to do on the road to get back to its winning ways. “I don’t think there’s a magic formula — just concentrate on each game.”
The pitching probables for the Mariners-Angels series:
Monday: Right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma (14-7, 3.11 ERA) vs. RHP Matt Shoemaker (15-4, 3.16).
Tuesday: LHP Roenis Elias (10-12, 3.81) vs. RHP Cory Rasmus (3-1, 2.80).
Wednesday: LHP James Paxton (6-2, 1.83) vs. LHP C.J. Wilson (12-9, 4.61).
Thursday: RHP Felix Hernandez (14-5, 2.14) vs. RHP Jered Weaver (17-8, 3.50).
TUMWATER’S VOGT OUT
Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin said before their series-clinching 4-0 win against the Mariners on Sunday that the team is hopeful Tumwater resident Stephen Vogt will return soon, possibly as soon as the team’s upcoming homestand, which starts Tuesday against the Texas Rangers.
The utility player has missed 10 games since spraining his left ankle Sept. 3 in a 2-1 loss to the Mariners. Vogt’s wife, Capital High grad Alyssa (Ferdaszewski) Vogt, will begin her first season as Tumwater High’s girls basketball coach this winter.
Dustin Ackley was held out of the lineup for the second consecutive game — after a hitless outing Friday — as the outfielder’s left ankle continues to trouble him. … Jackson’s two stolen bases tied his career high. … Endy Chavez is 6-for-13 as a pinch-hitter this season after going 1-for-1 with a single. … Kyle Seager snapped his five-game hitless streak with his second-inning infield single.
Iwakuma looks for his team-leading 15th victory Monday when the Mariners open a four-game series in Anaheim. He’ll oppose Shoemaker in the 7:05 p.m. game.