Here are some notes and stats about the Orioles and Mariners as they begin a three-game series this afternoon. It's the second leg of a two-city road trip for the Orioles, who are 24-27 overall and 9-13 in road games.
* The Orioles swept a three-game series from the Mariners May 10-12 in Baltimore by scores of 7-6, 4-2 and 2-1. They won the first and third games of the series with walk-off, extra-inning wins. O's starting pitchers worked to an ERA of 1.29 in that series.
* The Mariners are playing well right now and just took two of three from the Yankees. They are 26-26 overall but have won nine of their last 11 games. Over a longer stretch, Seattle is 18-11 over its past 29 games. They are 13-13 at home.
* The Orioles went 0-3 last year at Safeco Field and have lost six of their last eight games there.
* After facing the team with the best starting pitching ERA in the AL in Oakland, now the O's face the team with the second best ERA among starters at 3.35.
* The Orioles batted .204 as a team (19-for-93) in the Oakland series with just one extra-base hit (a double Sunday) and eight runs. They hit into seven double plays, left 22 runners on base and went 3-for-21 batting with runners in scoring position.
* Kevin Gregg has pitched three straight scoreless outings covering three innings. He has allowed just one hit but walked six in those innings. He has actually thrown more balls than strikes - 38 to 37 - in that span.
* Vlad Guerrero takes a 14-game batting streak into this series. He is 22-for-61 (.361) during the stretch with one homer and 9 RBIs. He has extended the streak with just one hit the last seven games.
He is not even halfway to his career-best hitting streak. He had a 31-gamer from July 27 to August 26, 1999.
* Nick Markakis is just 2-for-16 over his last four games and has gone 12 games without an extra-base hit. He has gone seven games without a multi-hit game since May 21 against Washington.
* Right-hander David Pauley, who pitched for the Orioles' Triple-A Norfolk team in 2009, is having a great year out of the M's bullpen. His 0.84 ERA is second best among AL relievers and he has now pitched 15 straight scoreless innings.
With the Tides in 2009, he went 9-12 with an ERA of 4.37 over 37 games.