Though it’s been clear enough for a few weeks and as close to official without being so, the club has set its starting rotation after optioning Roenis Elias to Triple-A Tacoma. The Mariners also optioned right-handed reliever Carson Smith, which clarifies the bullpen too.
Third baseman Kyle Seager hit his first home run of the spring, but a late rally lifted the Colorado Rockies to a 4-1 victory over the Mariners Wednesday afternoon in Cactus League play at Peoria Stadium.
With four rotation spots seemingly spoken for, Roenis Elias finds himself locked in a battle for Seattle’s last starting slot.
The Seattle Mariners have reached the midway point in the 2014 season. That means it’s time for report cards.
Hisashi Iwakuma combined with two relievers on a six-hit shutout and the streaking Seattle Mariners beat the Atlanta Braves 2-0 on Wednesday to complete a two-game sweep.
The Tigers added three runs in the bottom half of the eighth inning en route to a 6-2 win over the Mariners on Tuesday night. Seattle twice rallied from one-run deficits, but lost for the eighth time in nine games.
The Seattle Mariners haven’t had much of a problem getting runners into scoring position. Getting them home has been a disaster.