He’ll look to remain unbeaten in his seventh start since being recalled from the minors as the suddenly streaking Mariners continue a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays at SkyDome.
Meche established himself as one of the more promising young pitcher in the American League by going 15-13 with a 4.59 ERA in 32 starts for Seattle last year. However, the 26-year-old right-hander was 1-5 with a 7.06 ERA on June 1, earning an unexpected demotion after his breakout season.
Meche returned to the majors July 30, and has posted a 3-0 mark in six starts, yielding three earned runs or fewer in four of those outings. He surrendered four runs and six hits over six innings, but did not receive a decision in Seattle’s 7-5 win over Kansas City on Friday.
The Mariners have won each of Meche’s last four starts, and he has picked up a victory in his last three decisions dating to Seattle’s 6-3 loss at Baltimore on Aug. 4, when he allowed two earned runs over six innings.
Ichiro Suzuki finished his spectacular August with a flurry in Tuesday’s series opener, picking up three hits in Seattle’s 7-5 victory. Suzuki finished August with 56 hits, the most in a month by a major leaguer since Roy Weatherly also had 56 in July 1936.
Suzuki, chasing George Sisler’s major league record for hits in a season, finished 3-for-5 and has 212 hits. Sisler got 257 hits for the St. Louis Browns in 1920.
Suzuki set a club record for hits in a month, two more than Alex Rodriguez had in August 1996. Suzuki is hitting .463 since the All-Star break, and the Mariners have 31 games left.
“I don’t feel like I’m in a zone. I’m going out and doing the same things I always do,” Suzuki said. “I’ve kind of ran out of things to say. You could say that I’m happier than happy.”
Seattle, which owns the second-worst record in the AL after winning at least 90 games in each of the previous four years, has won a season-high five in a row.