NEW YORK — Gold Glove? How about a gold arm?
Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager entered the season’s second half Friday night with a streak of 407 chances since his last throwing error, which occurred on May 29, 2014, against the Los Angeles Angels at Safeco Field.
“It’s all about your footwork,” he said. “If your feet are pointing in the right direction, that’s where the ball is going to go.
“There are a lot of plays where it looks like you’re off-balance, but you try to keep your footwork and hips in the general direction.”
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Seager’s last throwing error came on a Mike Trout grounder that permitted Trout to reach second base after what was scored an infield single.
The streak spans 197 games. Seager has nine fielding errors in 1,747 innings since his last throwing error.
Two points to note: No other third baseman has logged more than 1,6291/3 innings since Seager’s last throwing error. And no third baseman with at least 1,010 innings has fewer than 10 errors overall.
As he did after winning his Gold Glove, Seager pointed to infield coach Chris Woodward as a major factor in his defensive success.
“Woody has worked so much with me,” Seager said. “He really does think about things in a different perspective. He puts a lot of emphasis on ‘if you’re in this position, this is what’s going to happen.’
“Everything he says makes sense from a practical perspective, and it’s repeatable.”
Four hundred and seven times … and counting.
As expected, right-hander Tom Wilhelmsen rejoined the Mariners before Friday’s game after being recalled from Triple-A Tacoma.
Wilhelmsen replaces right-hander Danny Farquhar, who was optioned to the Rainiers after last Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Angels.
The Mariners demoted Wilhelmsen to the minors on July 4 after he yielded nine runs in 62/3 innings over seven games from June 16 to July 2. He had compiled a 1.96 ERA in 15 previous appearances.
Wilhelmsen gained his recall by pitching four scoreless, one-inning outings at Tacoma.
Nobody supports their home team like the people in Washington — or so claims a study by Vivid Seats, which tracked the percentage of each state’s ticket sales on a team-by-team basis.
The study showed that 90.2 percent of the tickets sold to Washington residents were for Mariners’ games. The second-best state total was for the Kansas City Royals, who grabbed 86.4 percent of the tickets sold to Kansas residents.
The study covered the current season through July 7.
The Mariners were also the most popular team in four other states: Oregon (50.9 percent), Alaska (37.7 percent), Idaho (37.7 percent) and Montana (27.0 percent). Only two teams topped more states: Boston and Atlanta each had six.
Seven teams didn’t lead any states: Cleveland, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, Oakland, San Diego, Tampa Bay and Toronto.
Still think the Mariners can mount a comeback and win the World Seres? You can get 50-to-1 odds from www.BovadaLV, the online gaming site, in its latest posting.
The odds on the Mariners match those for Oakland and Chicago as the longest among American League clubs. There are seven National League clubs with longer odds, including Philadelphia at 1,000 to 1.
The favorites are the KaRoyals at 6 to 1. St. Louis and Washington are tied for second at 8 to 1.
Short-A Everett outfielder Alex Jackson is nursing a sore left hand, which prompted his removal from Wednesday’s 5-4 loss to Vancouver (Blue Jays).
Jackson, 19, was the sixth overall pick in the 2014 draft and is ranked as the Seattle organization’s top prospect in the TNT Top 10. He is batting .259 in 23 games at Everett with two homers and 11 RBIs.
Left-hander Danny Hultzen was activated on the Double-A Jackson roster after returning from a rehab assignment at Peoria in the Arizona Rookie League.
It was 24 years ago Saturday — July 18, 1991 — that the Mariners scored a club-record 10 runs in the eighth inning in a 12-0 romp at Milwaukee. (A little payback, Bud, for stealing the Pilots.)
Jay Buhner capped the explosion with a two-run homer. Ken Griffey Jr. and Omar Vizquel each had five hits. Erik Hanson pitched a six-hit shutout.
Lefty J.A. Happ will be recalled in time to start Monday’s series opener at Detroit, Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon confirmed. … Free-agent reliever Jason Frasor, who drew interest from the Mariners, signed with Atlanta. … Catcher Erik Kratz, released Wednesday by the Mariners from their Tacoma roster, signed a minor-league deal with Philadelphia…Robinson Cano, even 11/2 years after signing with the Mariners, is the all-time leader at the new Yankee Stadium in extra-base hits (183) and doubles (100). The new stadium opened in 2009. … The Mariners are 1-9 over the last three years against the Yankees at Safeco Field, including a three-game New York sweep from June 1-3. But the Mariners enter this weekend series with five consecutive victories at Yankee Stadium. … Carson Smith is averaging 13.86 strikeouts per nine innings in the 13 appearances since recording his first big-league save.
The Mariners and Yankees continue their three-game series Saturday at 10:05 a.m. Pacific time at Yankee Stadium.
Seattle right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma (1-1, 5.22) will face New York right-hander (and former Mariner) Michael Pineda (9-5, 3.64). The game can be seen on Root Sports Northwest and heard on 710 ESPN.