News: Rodney set a franchise record Thursday with his league-leading 46th save but not before he allowed a solo home run against the Angels.
Impact: At least he protected the lead, which is more than can be said for his last outing in which he walked four to blow the save. Despite his 2.70 ERA and 1.34 WHIP, Rodney has blown only three saves this season -- only Greg Holland has blown fewer (2) among closers with more than 35 save opportunities.
News: Morrison hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning of a scoreless game Thursday against the Angels for his ninth home run of the season.
Impact: Morrison also singled. Morrison has lost some at-bats lately to callup Justin Smoak, but he is hitting .333/.395/.692 over his last 14 games with three home runs and five doubles.
News: Hernandez pitched seven shutout innings Thursday, allowing three hits and two walks with 11 strikeouts but received zero run support for no decision against the Angels.
Impact: A night after clinching the division, the Angels fielded a Triple-A lineup that never challenged Hernandez. But walking two against a lineup with seven recent callups is questionable. Far worse than that, though, the Mariners couldn't get past second base in the first six innings against two pitchers who entered with a combined 51 innings this season, depriving Hernandez of what easily should have been his 15th win. After a slight blip in late August, Hernandez has allowed only three runs in his last four starts. It was his sixth double-digit strikeout game as he set a career high with 236 strikeouts this season.
News: Paxton gave up three runs on four hits while striking out eight and walking one through 6.2 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Angels.
Impact: It was a tough loss for Paxton, who was dealing through six innings before running into trouble in the seventh. The left-hander was pulled from the game with two out and two runners on base. Reliever Danny Farquhar subsequently coughed up a three-run homer, with two of those runs charged to Paxton. The 25-year-old will toe the rubber in Toronto on Monday.
Taijuan Walker - #32 - Pitcher - 6'4" - 220lbs
News: Walker will start Friday against the Astros, MLB.com reports.
Impact: Walker has worked exclusively out of the bullpen since his Sept. 1 return to the major league club, allowing two runs over 9.1 innings in three appearances, but he'll slot back into the rotation Friday in place of Roenis Elias (elbow). The 22-year-old Walker will oppose Brad Peacock in the opener against Houston, and should take the hill again in Toronto next Wednesday for his final outing of the year.
News: Elias (elbow) is done for the season, but there's still no word as to who will start Sunday for the Mariners, although Taijuan Walker is the obvious choice, the Seattle Times' Ryan Divish reports.
Impact: Elias left Tuesday's game after three innings with elbow stiffness, so it's no surprise that he won't be able to return with less than two weeks left in the regular season. Walker is worth a speculatory add in deeper leagues.
News: Saunders is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Angels, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.
Impact: The Mariners will rest several of their left-handed batters with southpaw C.J. Wilson on the mound for the Angels. Chris Denorfia will fill in for him in the outfield.
News: Taylor will earn a second straight start at shortstop Wednesday against the Angels, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.
Impact: Taylor is coming off one of the most productive nights of his Mariners career, as he went 2-for-5 with a run scored and three RBI on Tuesday. He'll fill in for Brad Miller at shortstop with the Angels starting left-hander C.J. Wilson on Wednesday. It seems that both Miller and Taylor could be used in a platoon at the position the rest of the way.
News: Morrison is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Angels, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.
Impact: Morrison will be one of a couple left-handed hitters sitting out Wednesday with southpaw C.J. Wilson on the mound for the Angels. Justin Smoak fills in at first base.
News: Zunino is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Angels, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.
Impact: It appears to be a regular day of rest for Zunino, who started the last two games. He turned in an excellent day at dish Tuesday night, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI, while also reaching base twice on hit-by-pitches.
Wed. Sep 17, 2014 | STATS
News: Elias left Tuesday's start with left elbow stiffness.
Impact: His season might be over, but it's too early to know for sure.
News: Elias left Tuesday's game after three innings with left elbow stiffness, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.
Impact: The removal was said to be for precautionary reasons, but it's still worth following if you were hoping to get two starts out of Elias this week. He gave up two earned runs on five hits and one walk in the three innings against the Halos before leaving.
News: Ackley (ankle) is back in the lineup Tuesday against the Angels, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Despite some lingering effects from the bone spurs in his ankle, namely trouble planting and pivoting on the foot, Ackley will return to the lineup Tuesday to face right-hander Cory Rasmus. It sounds like it will be a pain-tolerance issue the rest of the season for Ackley.
Tue. Sep 16, 2014 | STATS
News: It was a night to forget for Iwakuma, who surrendered a career-worst seven runs over 3 1-3 innings in Monday's 8-1 loss at Angel Stadium.
Impact: Iwakuma hasn't looked like himself of late, posting a 9.28 ERA over his last five starts. Fantasy owners may want to think about leaving him on the bench his next time out.
News: Iwakuma was knocked around for a career-high seven runs on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts over 3.1 innings Monday in a loss to the Angels.
Impact: The woes continue for Iwakuma, who has coughed up 14 runs in 13 September innings (9.69 ERA) over three starts. Iwakuma has admitted to feeling out of sync, so it might be wise to sit him until he gets things straightened out. He will try to rebound Saturday in Houston.
Taijuan Walker - #32 - Pitcher - 6'4" - 220lbs
News: Walker gave up two runs (one earned) in two relief innings Sunday against the A's. He allowed three hits while striking out one.
Impact: Walker has been used sparingly since his September callup, with his last outing coming against the Rangers the previous Sunday.
News: Ackley (ankle) is still having trouble planting and pivoting, so even though he would have been held out against Jon Lester on Sunday, he's also not close to full capacity.
Impact: Ackley has played once since September 6 and is 1-for-22 in the month of September. "It's better, but we're trying get ready for this long road trip and hopefully this cleans him up," manager Lloyd McClendon said. "I just didn't like the swings. I didn't like the finish, pivoting on the back foot. I don't know his pain level. You'd have to ask him that, but I know what my eyes see and it wasn't good."
Austin Jackson - #16 - Center Field - 6'1" - 185lbs
News: Jackson went 2-for-5 with two stolen bases in the Mariners' loss to the A's on Sunday. Since joining the Mariners at the trade deadline, Jackson has hit poorly, with a .244/.278/.386 line in 168 at-bats.
Impact: The Mariners were able to run wild against A's starter Jon Lester and catcher Derek Norris, stealing four bases in four attempts, but weren't able to translate that into any runs scored. One positive note about Jackson - since the trade, he has nine stolen bases already, after having nine with the Tigers in 100 games.
News: Young allowed two runs on two solo homers against the A's on Sunday, giving up four hits and two walks against five strikeouts over six-plus innings.
Impact: The Mariners were shut out by Jon Lester and company Sunday, so Young was stuck with the loss. But the extra days of rest that Young received after his previous start did not hurt his performance.
News: Miller is not in the lineup Sunday for the second straight day, according to MLB.com's Greg Johns.
Impact: Miller will sit out in favor of Chris Taylor as the Mariners go with a righty-heavy lineup against A's left-hander Jon Lester.
News: Saunders is not in the lineup Sunday for the second straight day, according to MLB.com's Greg Johns.
Impact: Saunders will sit out with the Mariners facing A's lefty Jon Lester on Sunday. He could return to action Monday with the Mariners scheduled to take on Angels right-hander Matt Shoemaker.
News: Zunino is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the A's, according to MLB.com's Greg Johns.
Impact: Zunino will get the day off after starting five straight games behind the plate. Jesus Sucre will be the Mariners' starting catcher in Zunino's place.
News: Morrison is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the A's, according to MLB.com's Greg Johns.
Impact: Morrison, who has two home runs in his last four games, will get a day off after starting five games in a row at first base. Justin Smoak will get the start in Morrison's place.
News: Hernandez pitched a strong seven innings Saturday, allowing two runs on seven hits and no walks with eight strikeouts against the A's.
Impact: Hernandez's only mistake was a pitch to Josh Donaldson that ended up in the seats. He gave up only one other extra-base hit. It's the ninth time this season he did not issued a walk.
News: Rodney walked in the eventual winning run Saturday after walking the bases loaded in the 10th inning of a 2-2 tie.
Impact: One of his walks was intentional, but Rodney could not find the plate. He threw 32 pitches, 22 of which were balls. It wasted a dominating start by Felix Hernandez and squandered an opportunity to overtake the A's in the wild card race.
News: Saunders is out of the lineup Saturday against the Orioles, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.
Impact: Saunders was activated from the disabled list Monday and has started each of the four games in the meantime. He'll get the day off Saturday in favor of James Jones, who will bat eighth and play right field.
News: Ackley is out of the lineup Saturday against the Athletics, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.
Impact: Ackley rejoined the lineup Friday after missing four games with an ankle injury. There was no indication of a aggravation, so it may just be a day off to rest the ankle and ensure it doesn't happen again. Endy Chavez will start in right field and bat second.
News: Morales hit his seventh homer of the season Friday in a win against the A's.
Impact: It was Morales' first hit in his last 14 at-bats. He had been picking up the pace for the Mariners before cooling lately. Prior to his recent downturn, he had an .829 OPS with five homers since Aug. 12.
News: Morrison homered Friday for the second time in the last three games and also doubled in a win against the A's.
Impact: Morrison went cold for a week or so, but he's picked it up lately with five hits (four XBH) in his last 17 at-bats. He's not flashy, but he's given the Mariners solid production at first base since getting healthy. Since July 26, he's hitting .287 with a .762 OPS.
News: Cano hit his 13 homer of the season Friday in a 2-for-4 night.
Impact: Cano's power was the subject of much debate this offseason after he signed with the Mariners. But he's actually shown more power at Safeco Field than on the road with eight homers and a .479 SLG at home (.449 road). Unless he hits one more bomb, though, he'll set a career low for homers. With 33 doubles, he likely will fall just short of the 41 he hit last season. It was also his 55th multi-hit game, second in the majors (Jose Altuve, 59).
News: Rodney tied a franchise record Friday with his major-league-leading 45th save, allowing two hits before retiring the side against the A's.
Impact: Rodney continues to do it his way. He's blown only three saves this season, but he has a 2.54 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. One more save and he will pass Kaz Sasaki for the franchise record.
News: Paxton battled control problems Friday but allowed just two runs -- one earned -- on four hits and three walks in six innings against the A's for his sixth win of the season. He struck out eight.
Impact: Paxton burned through 102 pitches, just 57 for strikes, and threw only 12 first-pitch strikes to 27 batters. Nevertheless he worked out of jams to stymie the A's. His walks all came in the third inning, but he allowed only one to score. In 10 starts this season, Paxton has allowed more than two earned runs only once. Since coming off the DL in early August, Paxton has a 1.72 ERA in eight starts, but his K:BB is 33:17 in that span.
News: Ackley (ankle) is back in the lineup Friday against the A's, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
Impact: Ackley ended up missing four games with the ankle issue, and while he will return Friday, the 26-year-old could always require additional maintenance before the end of the season if the bone spurs prove too painful. He is just 1-for-19 to begin September and is 0-for-7 in his career against Friday's starter Jason Hammel.
Thu. Sep 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Iwakuma lasted only 4.1 innings Wednesday, allowing four runs on six hits while walking two and striking out six Astros in a 5-2 loss.
Impact: Iwakuma has been hit hard over his last four starts, giving up 15 runs in 18 innings (7.50 ERA) and seen his season ERA rise from 2.57 to 3.11. He will try to turns things around Tuesday at the Angels.
News: The Mariners are hopeful that Ackley (ankle) will be able to play Friday, the Tacoma News Tribune's Bob Dutton reports.
Impact: He will miss his fourth straight game Wednesday, but it sounds like the Mariners are optimistic he'll be back this weekend. In the meantime, Chris Denorfia should see most of the starts in left field.
News: Morrison went 1-for-3 with a homer, his seventh home run of the year, in Tuesday's loss to the Astros.
Impact: While he has shown he can hit the long ball in his career, it has been a struggle for Morrison recently. He is just 5-for-27 in his last 10 games and now owns a meager .239/.293/.364 slash line in 280 at-bats this year.
News: Elias pitched six innings, allowing just one run on six hits and two walks, while striking out four in a no-decision Tuesday against the Astros.
Impact: While he has allowed just 13 runs (11 earned) in his last nine starts, he has only completed 47.2 innings over that stretch. In fact, he has pitched into the seventh inning only five times in his 28 starts this year. Still, for a rookie with 3.81 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and a 142:63 K:BB in 160.2 innings, it could be a lot worse. His next scheduled start is set for Monday on the road against the Angels.
News: Ackley will likely miss a few more days after an MRI showed bone spurs in his left ankle, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Ackley is set to miss a third straight start Tuesday and it sounds like he'll be held out at least through Thursday's off day, with the team likely hoping he can return for this weekend's crucial series against Oakland. While the M's haven't indicated as much, Ackley may very well need arthroscopic surgery in the offseason, depending on whether or not they feel it's best for his long-term health.
News: Ackley (ankle) remains out of the Mariners' lineup Tuesday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Ackley was held out of Monday's lineup due to a left ankle concern and he'll sit again Tuesday, with Endy Chavez in left for Seattle. The Mariners sent Ackley for what was deemed a precautionary MRI, and while the results have not been made public, it seems a return for Wednesday's finale against the Astros is far from a lock. With Michael Saunders back on the active roster, Ackley's opportunities may be scaled back a bit over the final weeks, but he figures to at least split time with Chavez upon his return.
News: Cano was 2-for-4 with a double and a walk Monday in a win over the Astros.
Impact: That's back-to-back multi-hit games for Cano and three in the last five games. The lefty is 7-for-20 (.350) over that span.
News: Miller went 2-for-4 with a triple, three RBI and a run Monday in a 4-1 win over the Astros.
Impact: Miller hit a clutch two-run triple in the bottom of the eighth to give the Mariners the lead for good. Miller has seen more playing time lately as he's hit a bit better than he has most of the year. He is 8-for-20 (.400) in seven September games with two homers and six RBI.
News: Hernandez threw six shutout innings Monday, allowing five hits while walking four and striking out eight Astros but did not receive a decision.
Impact: Hernandez lacked his usual control, needing 99 pitches (60 strikes) to get through six innings and tied a season-high with four free passes, but still battled to keep Houston scoreless. King Felix remains 14-5 on the year with a 2.12 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 217:41 K:BB over 212 innings. Hernandez will take the hill versus the A's at home Saturday.
News: Updating a previous report, Ackley is out of Monday's lineup due to a left ankle concern, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Impact: Ackley underwent what was described as a precautionary MRI on Monday, with the results likely to arrive Tuesday. There should be more clarification on the matter at that time, but even if the MRI comes back clean, there's no guarantee Ackley will assume an everyday role in short order. He was enduring a rough spell at the plate prior to coming down with the injury, and with the Mariners activating Michael Saunders (oblique) from the DL on Monday, Ackley could begin to lose out on at-bats if his struggles persist.
News: Young will make his next start Sunday against the Mariners, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Impact: Young was bumped back from his scheduled turn Friday as the Mariners re-jiggered their rotation for the final 17 games. In moving James Paxton and Felix Hernandez up a day from Friday and Saturday, respectively, the Mariners will have their ace Hernandez scheduled to pitch for the last game of the season, when the team's postseason hopes could be on the line.
News: Young will have his originally scheduled start for Friday against the Athletics skipped, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.
Impact: Young's rotation spot was in serious question heading into his start over the past weekend against the Rangers, but after he tossed five innings of two-run ball (zero earned) with six strikeouts, he was thought to have given himself more job security. The Mariners will instead move both James Paxton and Felix Hernandez up a day, leaving Sunday's starter to be announced for the time being. Young could still be called upon to fill the void, but so too could all of Roenis Elias, Taijuan Walker and Erasmo Ramirez.
News: Ackley isn't in the lineup Monday against the Astros, Shannon Drayer of 710 AM ESPN Seattle reports.
Impact: Ackley will sit out for the second straight contest, and the fact that Monday's game comes against a right-hander starter in Brad Peacock could spell trouble for the lefty-hitting Ackley's hold on the starting left field job. The Mariners' outfield got a bit more crowded Monday with the activation of Michael Saunders (oblique) from the DL, and it's possible he could end up pushing the slumping Ackley out of an everyday role.
News: Taylor is out of the lineup Monday against the Astros, Shannon Drayer of 710 AM ESPN Seattle reports.
Impact: For the third time in four games, Taylor will surrender a start to Brad Miller, the former everyday shortstop for the Mariners who has made a push to claim his job back. Taylor has cooled off in recent games to drop his average below .300, so expect manager Lloyd McClendon to ride the hot bat from here on out. That distinction goes to Miller for the time being, after he turned in a 4-for-4 performance in his most recent start.
News: Saunders is batting eighth and handling right field in Monday's contest against the Astros, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.
Impact: Activated from the DL after a two-month absence due to a strained left oblique, Saunders will immediately slot into the lineup. The lack of output from those who covered right field in his place could result in an everyday gig right off the bat. However, he could also be eased into action.
News: Saunders (oblique) was activated from the DL on Monday, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.
Impact: After taking nearly two months to recover from a strained left oblique, Saunders could slot into right field immediately upon his return, especially considering the underwhelming options available to manager Lloyd McClendon at the moment. During his rehab assignment at Triple-A Tacoma, Saunders supplied a base knock in six of 10 games, batting .257 (9-for-35) with two RBI, six runs scored, and a 14:11 BB:K.
Sun. Sep 7, 2014 | STATS
News: Seager went 3 for 5 with a two-run homer in Saturday's win over Texas.
Impact: He's now homered in three of his last five games to reach a new career high with 23 for the season after clubbing 22 in 2013.
News: Paxton allowed one run on five hits and two walks while striking out three in six innings in the Mariners' 1-0 loss to the Rangers on Sunday.
Impact: Paxton has allowed two or fewer earned runs in seven straight outings. However, he's just 3-2 in that stretch. Since coming back from the DL on Aug. 2, Paxton has allowed just eight runs.
News: Saunders (oblique) is on schedule to return from the DL prior to Monday's game against the Astros, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Impact: With Dustin Ackley slumping and the Mariners currently rotating a slew of undesirable options in right field, Saunders could reclaim a starting role immediately upon his activation. Though he's been out for nearly two months, Saunders was enjoying a productive season prior to suffering the oblique injury, batting .276 with six homers and three stolen bases over 196 at-bats.
News: Ackley is out of the lineup Sunday against the Rangers.
Impact: Though he's been mostly a pleasant surprise since the All-Star break, Ackley has experienced a tough week at the plate, going 1-for-19 during his previous five starts. The slump probably isn't significant enough to cost him his starting job in left field just yet, but he'll get a day off with lefty Derek Holland starting for the Rangers.
News: Zunino is out of the lineup Sunday against the Rangers.
Impact: Zunino will be given the day off with the Rangers and Mariners getting together for an afternoon tilt in the series finale. Jesus Sucre claims another start behind the plate.
News: Morrison is out of the lineup Sunday against the Rangers.
Impact: The return of Corey Hart from the disabled list earlier in the week appears to have cost Morrison playing time, as he'll sit for the third time in seven games Sunday. He was in the lineup for each of the previous three games, but did little to make his case for more at-bats, going just 1-for-9 during that time.
News: Miller went 4-for-4 Saturday against the Rangers.
Impact: The four hits were a career high for the Seattle shortstop, as he raised his batting average from .205 to .215. He's started to pick things up at the plate his last few times out, allowing him to make progress in displacing Chris Taylor from the starting job at shortstop.
News: Seager went 3-for-5 with a home run, two runs, and two RBI against the Rangers on Saturday.
Impact: Seager continues to get it done against the Rangers, hitting .362 with five home runs and 16 RBI against them this season. Overall, he's batting .280 with 23 home runs and 88 RBI, all career highs.
News: Rodney got his 43rd save of the season as he pitched a perfect ninth inning Saturday against the Rangers.
Impact: Rodney's 43 saves lead the American League, as the veteran has been reliable all season with only three blown saves. The 37-year-old continues to get the job done and he'll battle Kansas City's Greg Holland for the American League saves lead with three weeks left in the season.
News: Young allowed four hits and two runs - both unearned - while striking out six and walking three in five innings against the Rangers on Saturday.
Impact: Young bounced back from Monday's disastrous start in which he gave up five runs without getting out of the first inning. Originally from Dallas, Young has yet to beat Texas in three career starts. He'll next take the mound Friday against Oakland.
Sat. Sep 6, 2014 | STATS
News: Morales hit two home runs in Friday's win in Texas.
Impact: It's been a disappointing season for Morales after beginning the year without a job. He's batting .228 with just a .613 OPS in 76 games.
News: Taylor is not in the lineup Saturday for the second straight day, according to Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times.
Impact: Taylor started over Brad Miller for much of August, but the scales are tipping back in Miller's favor, as he has started five of the last seven games, including Saturday's. Taylor is still hitting .301 on the season, but he hasn't recorded a multi-hit game since Aug. 15 and also has just one RBI since that day.
Endy Chavez - #9 - Right Field - 5'11" - 170lbs
News: Chavez (head) is in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Rangers, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.
Impact: Chavez left Friday's game with a gash on his forehead, but the wound won't prevent him from taking the field Saturday. He'll play right field and bat eighth against Rangers starter Nick Martinez.
News: Morales went 2-for-4 with a pair of two-run homers in Friday's 7-5 victory over the Rangers.
Impact: After a couple of months worth of struggles, Morales has been a solid source of production during the past few weeks. Over his last 21 games, dating back to Aug. 12, the switch-hitting veteran has posted an .807 OPS to go along with five home runs and 14 RBI across 86 plate appearances. The trade that sent Morales from Minnesota to Seattle on July 24 certainly seems to be working out nicely for the Mariners.
News: Iwakuma tossed 5.1 innings versus the Rangers on Friday night, allowing three earned runs on seven hits and a walk while picking up five strikeouts on the way to his 14th win of the season.
Impact: Iwakuma hasn't been close to top form lately, as the crafty right-hander has struggled to a 7.24 ERA and 1.46 WHIP over his last three starts. Despite the lackluster performance, he has managed to go 2-0 while registering a dozen strikeouts across 13.2 innings during the same short stretch. Iwakuma's slump, to some extent, can be attributed to an unfortunate .349 BABIP. The 33-year-old hurler will look to get back on track Wednesday versus the Astros.
Endy Chavez - #9 - Right Field - 5'11" - 170lbs
Fri. Sep 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Chavez (head) left Friday's game against the Rangers after receiving a gash on his forehead while sliding into second, but he will be available Saturday, Shannon Drayer of ESPN Seattle reports.
Impact: Chavez was originally feared to have a concussion, but he seems to be fine. He went 1-for-2 and suffered the injury successfully sliding into second with a stolen base.
Fri. Sep 5, 2014 | STATS
News: Cano went 2 for 4 with four RBIs in Thursday's win over Texas.
Impact: He'd driven in just five runs over his previous 20 games.
News: Cano went 2-for-4 with a double and four RBI in Thursdays romp over the Rangers.
Impact: A nice bust-out for Robby and his fantasy owners, who hadn't seen him deliver a single RBI since his solo homer back on Aug. 26 against these same Rangers. It's hard to knock a guy who's hitting .322 as a second baseman, but fantasy owners were certainly hoping to see more pop out of Cano, who hasn't hit fewer than 25 homers in a seasn since 2008.
News: Taylor struck out three times and walked twice in five plate appearances Thursday in Texas. He scored two runs.
Impact: A curious outing for Taylor, whose batting average continues its steady decline -- he's now down to .301. He hadn't struck out in his last five games before whiffing thrice in this one, and he's now drawn five walks in his last six games. Taylor showed solid plate discipline throughout his career in the minor leagues, and will keep trying to translate that as he closes out his rookie season.
Chris Denorfia - #28 - Right Field - 6'0" - 194lbs
News: Denorfia hit his first home run as a Mariner and got on base four times in Thursday's 10-2 demolition of the Rangers.
Impact: In addition to hitting his second homer of the season, Denorfia doubled, drew a pair of walks and scored three runs. A heck of a nice game for a guy who hadn't picked up a hit since Aug. 23.
News: Elias (10-12) picked up the win Thursday in Texas, allowing one run on seven hits over five innings. He struck out one, walked one and hit a batter.
Impact: Not the sharpest of outings for the rookie, who didn't show much in the way of bat-missing skills in this one, but the Seattle offense delivered a 10-run outburst. Nonetheless, Elias has been pitching pretty well overall, as he's allowed two or fewer earned runs in eight consecutive outings. However, he's only finished six innings once in that span. Elias lines up to make his next start Tuesday at home against the Astros.
Thu. Sep 4, 2014 | STATS
News: Hernandez bounced back with a gem Wednesday, allowing one run and three hits over eight innings in a 2-1 win at Oakland.
Impact: Hernandez had gone three outings without a quality start, going 0-2 with a 5.09 ERA over that span.
Thu. Sep 4, 2014 | STATS
News: Seager went 3 for 4 with a home run and a double in Wednesday's 2-1 win at Oakland.
Impact: Seager is 10 for 31 with three homers and five RBIs during an eight-game hitting streak.
News: Young will remain in the rotation and make his scheduled start Saturday against the Rangers, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Impact: Manager Lloyd McClendon was satisfied with where Young was at on the health front after he assessed his condition following Wednesday's bullpen session, so the right-hander will take the ball despite discouraging results in his most recent turn. However, with a 4.74 FIP and an anemic 5.6 K/9 rate, there's plenty of information to suggest that Young's been pitching over his head this season, and it may not be long before he loses his job for performance-based reasons.
News: Morrison is out of the lineup Thursday, the fourth time in five games he's been on the bench, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Impact: With the Mariners facing left-handers each of the last two days, Morrison has given way to Corey Hart in the lineup. The two players could form something of a platoon in September as the Mariners look to maximize their offensive potential.
News: Zunino is out of the lineup Thursday against the Rangers, Bob Dutton of Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Impact: With Zunino starting three of the last four games and not producing offensively during that span, he'll find himself on the bench Thursday. Jesus Sucre is a defensive-first catcher unlikely to press Zunino for the No. 1 job, but Zunino's growing lack of plate discipline is beginning to become troubling. The former No. 3 overall pick has plenty of pop in his bat, but not enough to make up for his ugly .254 on-base percentage.
Jesus Montero - #63 - First Base - 6'3" - 230lbs
Mon. Sep 1, 2014 | STATS
News: The Seattle Mariners have put first baseman-designated hitter Jesus Montero on the suspended list.
Impact: The 24-year-old Montero was recalled from his rehabilitation assignment Friday following a verbal altercation with a Mariners scout at a Class A Northwest League game. General manager Jack Zduriencik said Friday that Montero wouldn't play again this year following the heated argument in the stands in Boise, Idaho. Zduriencik said the actions of Montero and cross-checker Butch Baccala were "unacceptable" and "embarrassing" for the club.