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James Paxton | Starting Pitcher | #65

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (27) / 11/6/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 220
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Kentucky
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 4 (0) / SEA
Contract: view contract details

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James Paxton limited the Blue Jays to one run in seven innings as part of a 2-1 win on Friday.
That’s more like it. Paxton has scuffled a bit of late, but he was flat-out brilliant in this one, allowing just three hits and one walk while striking out nine. He had struck out just five batters over his last three starts combined. The lone run scored on a solo homer by Michael Saunders in the second inning. Paxton will likely continue to have ups and downs, but a night like this showed what he's capable of doing. He'll bring a 4.18 ERA into a tough matchup against the Cubs next week. Jul 22 - 10:38 PM

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James Paxton was tagged for six runs in five innings by the Astros in a loss Friday.

It's surprising Paxton's improved fastball hasn't led to improved results yet. He's been throwing in the upper 90s and his peripherals are improved, but he's giving up a whole bunch of hits; nine tonight brings his season total to 72 in 53 1/3 innings. It should prove to be something of a fluke, but time will tell.
Jul 16 - 1:21 AM

James Paxton allowed just two runs over eight innings but didn't factor in the decision Thursday against the Royals.

Paxton did his part, giving up seven hits and a walk before handing it over to the bullpen, but a meltdown from closer Steve Cishek denied Paxton of his third win. The southpaw had to settle instead for a spirit win, turning in his best start in almost a month. He now owns a 3.91 ERA and 1.59 WHIP through eight starts overall, and will get a few days' rest before attacking the second half of the schedule next week.
Jul 8 - 1:06 AM

James Paxton allowed four runs (three earned) in 5 2/3 innings but still received the win in the Mariners' lopsided victory over the Orioles on Saturday.

He gave up nine hits and two walks while striking out only two hitters. He finished one out shy of qualifying for a quality start. His record improves to 2-3 with a 4.24 ERA. Paxton's velocity is up three MPH this year, a strong sign that he is finally healthy. He will face the Royals next.
Jul 3 - 2:34 AM

James Paxton was touched up for five runs on eight hits over five frames in a no-decision against the Cardinals.

Paxton punched out six on the afternoon while walking two. He held the Cardinals to just one run through the first four innings, but the Red Birds erupted for four more in the fourth. While he has definitely flashed his dominance this year, he is surrendering way too much hard contact and is allowing base-runners at an alarming rate. He'll bring a 4.15 ERA and 1.67 WHIP into Saturday's start against the Orioles.
Jun 26 - 7:44 PM

James Paxton was dealt his third loss of the season on Tuesday, allowing four runs on 11 hits over 7 2/3 innings against the Tigers.

Paxton punched out five and walked three on the night. His final line isn't really indicative of how well he pitched in this one. The southpaw pounded the zone all night with fastballs in the upper-nineties and carried a shutout into the sixth inning. He'll carry a 3.34 ERA and 1.62 WHIP into Sunday's start against the Cardinals.
Jun 21 - 10:13 PM

James Paxton hurled 6 1/3 innings of shutout baseball on Saturday versus the Rangers, striking out seven, walking two and giving up six base hits, but was forced to accept a no-decision as the Mariners eventually lost in extra innings.

This was Paxton's third start since getting called up from AAA. He now has a 2.25 ERA with 24 strikeouts and four walks across 16 innings. Paxton has been a hot waiver wire pickup lately due to his newfound velocity and high strikeout totals in his first two starts. Owners who picked him up got rewarded handsomely today. He will be tested again soon in a tough matchup with the Red Sox in Boston on Friday.
Jun 12 - 2:15 AM

James Paxton lost to the Indians after allowing three runs -- one earned -- and striking out 10 in six innings Monday.

Paxton acquitted himself quite well tonight, reaching the high-90s frequently and walking just one batter. If he can stay in the rotation following Felix Hernandez's return from the disabled list, he could make some noise in mixed leagues.
Jun 7 - 1:29 AM

Mariners manager Scott Servais said James Paxton will make another start.

Paxton's season debut for the Mariners did not go according to plan. The Padres shredded him for eight runs in only 3 2/3 innings. Servais wants to give him another shot though. Paxton will look to rebound at home Monday against Cleveland.
Jun 2 - 7:17 PM

James Paxton was hammered for eight runs -- three earned -- over 3 2/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Padres.

Most of those unearned runs scored after a bad first-inning throwing error by Paxton himself. It became a six-inning opening frame for the host Friars, and they went on to win 14-6. Paxton was making a spot start for ace right-hander Felix Hernandez, who landed on the disabled list Wednesday with a calf strain. The left-hander might not get another turn.
Jun 2 - 1:32 AM

Mariners recalled LHP James Paxton from Triple-A Tacoma.

Paxton will take the rotation spot left vacant by Felix Hernandez, who landed on the disabled list Wednesday with a strained right calf. Paxton owns a decent 3.97 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 50/14 K/BB ratio in 47 2/3 innings this season at the Triple-A level and could carry mixed league fantasy value over the next few weeks (perhaps longer). He'll get the light-hitting Padres on Wednesday night at Petco Park.
Jun 1 - 2:18 PM

James Paxton will be called up Wednesday.

That's the only detail available at this point. Felix Hernandez is currently scheduled to start Wednesday night against the Padres, so this could involve a health situation with him (purely speculation). Paxton, 27, is sporting a 3.97 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 50/14 K/BB ratio in 47 2/3 innings this season at the Triple-A level.
May 31 - 10:57 PM

Mariners optioned LHP James Paxton to Triple-A Tacoma.

So that means Nate Karns will open the 2016 season as the Mariners' fifth starter. Paxton was hammered for seven earned runs in four innings Sunday against the Cubs, lifting his spring ERA to 10.80. The left-hander needs to iron some things out on the farm. He'll make his way up eventually.
Mar 28 - 12:22 PM

James Paxton was hammered for seven earned runs in four innings Sunday by the Cubs.

Paxton had a sharp performance last week against a group of minor leaguers, but he struggled mightily on Sunday against a lineup filled mostly with Cubs regulars. The left-hander is a big question mark for the 2016 season. He's shown flashes of high-level stuff.
Mar 27 - 7:15 PM

James Paxton struck out eight while allowing two runs over five innings in a game against minor leaguers on Tuesday.

It was a much-needed bounce-back outing after Paxton really struggled his last two times out. His fastball was clocked at 93-94 mph. "It felt really good," Paxton said. "I was just working on getting extension. That's what I was working on in the bullpen this week, to get my curveball spinning a little tighter. Really kind of reaching out there for the glove and getting that tight spin back." The left-hander is competing with Nate Karns to be the Mariners' fifth starter.
Mar 22 - 7:21 PM

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