Taijuan Walker will get the first crack at impressing the Seattle Mariners in his bid to make the team’s starting rotation.
With four rotation spots seemingly spoken for, Roenis Elias finds himself locked in a battle for Seattle’s last starting slot.
Barring a change of plans because of injury, the Mariners’ rotation is mostly set before spring begins. Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma and James Paxton are set. Newly acquired J.A. Happ will be the fourth arm in the rotation, giving Seattle a second left-handed option.
Despite recording his most-successful season in the big leagues, Felix Hernandez isn’t walking away with another Cy Young award today.
Seager is the first Mariner to win the award since 2010.
Seattle started the day needing a win over the AL West champion plus an Oakland loss at Texas to force a one-game playoff on Monday for the AL’s second wild card. The Mariners did their part, but the A’s completed a 4-0 victory as Seattle was in the fifth inning and finished one game ahead of the Mariners.
Seattle lost its fourth straight thanks to another poor effort by a starting pitcher.
Brad Miller made perhaps his most significant contribution to the club’s postseason aspirations Monday night, hitting a tiebreaking, two-run triple and driving in three runs in a 4-1 victory over the Houston Astros.
The Seattle Mariners begin their final homestand of the season with three versus the Houston Astros.
Kyle Seager and Corey Hart homered leading off the seventh inning and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 2-1 on Wednesday to win the three-game series between the AL playoff contenders.