In this week’s episode of The Hot Stove Report, Jason A. Churchill, Alex Carson and Steve Silver discuss Taijuan Walker, James Shields, Dustin Ackley and more.
The Seattle Mariners have two games remaining and must win both to have a chance to extend their season. Nothing but the best will do.
The rust is starting to come off for Paxton, and the rest of the American League might want to take note
Ackley had three hits and scored three runs, Seattle’s bullpen was sharp for the second straight day and the Mariners beat Boston 8-6 on Sunday for the Red Sox’s eighth straight loss.
Mariners rookie Roenis Elias (9-10) gave up one run and three hits in four innings
After winning seven of eight, the Mariners are more than in the conversation. They are over .500 at home and tied with Detroit for the second wild card spot in the American League.
For all that Felix Hernandez has done in his career, pitching meaningful games in the final two months of the season has been a rarity
Dustin Ackley had the first of a team-high four RBI in the first with a solo home run, and Endy Chavez, Robinson Cano, and Kyle Seager added two-run shots in the 13-3 victory.
Chris Young (10-6) allowed three runs in five innings. He struck out six and reached double-digit wins for the first time since 2006.
Apparently Dustin Ackley could have been wearing pinstripes this past weekend had New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman agreed to cough up a pitching prospect in return.