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James Paxton | Starting Pitcher | #65

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (29) / 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 lasted just four innings Saturday, allowing five runs on six hits in a no-decision against the Rangers.
Paxton walked three and struck out six, using 96 pitches to get through his four innings. It was the second time in five starts that he's gone fewer than five innings, and one other time he went just five. His 5.61 ERA and 1.44 WHIP through five starts speak to his struggles to be both efficient and effective thus far, but when he's on, like he was in his previous two starts in which he struck out 17 while allowing three runs combined, he's fantastic. It's the risk-reward fantasy owners must live with in Paxton. They'll hope the good one shows up Friday when the southpaw takes on the Indians. Apr 22 - 12:14 AM

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James Paxton allowed just one run over six innings in a 2-1 victory over the Astros on Monday.

Paxton gave up a homer to George Springer to lead off the game, but he allowed just two more hits the rest of the evening, and he struck out seven. Paxton still sports a 4.57 ERA, but tonight is a prime example of why he's such a strong fantasy starter when he's healthy. He'll look to continue the run in his next start against the Rangers on Saturday.
Apr 17 - 12:33 AM

James Paxton gave up six hits and two runs over six strong innings Wednesday in the Mariners’ win over the Royals.

He punched out ten and walked one. Paxton served up a two-run double to Paulo Orlando in the fourth inning but that was the only time he was ever in any real trouble. The 10 strikeouts matched a career-high for Paxton, who trimmed his ERA from 7.45 to 5.74 with Wednesday’s no-decision. Paxton has looked much better over his last two outings after getting roughed up in his season debut, but is still seeking his first win of 2018. Maybe it will come Tuesday against Houston.
Apr 11 - 7:19 PM

James Paxton gave up four hits and two runs over five-plus innings Thursday in the Mariners’ loss to the Twins.

He fanned seven and walked one over 98 pitches. Paxton also had a strange encounter with a bald eagle that went maverick during pre-game festivities at Target Field, but that’s a discussion for another day. The left-hander looked strong in his first five innings but ran out of gas in the sixth, allowing a single to Joe Mauer followed by a two-run blast to power-hitting third baseman Miguel Sano. Paxton will take an unsightly 7.45 ERA into his next start Tuesday at Kansas City.
Apr 5 - 8:16 PM

James Paxton coughed up six runs -- all earned -- in 4 2/3 innings and was charged with a loss to the Indians on Saturday.

It got out of hand early as he teed up a grand slam to first baseman Yonder Alonso in the first inning. Yan Gomes touched him up for a two-run shot in the fourth frame. All told Paxton surrendered six hits and four walks while striking out four in the sub-par effort. He will hope for better luck against the Twins on Thursday.
Mar 31 - 7:43 PM

James Paxton allowed three runs -- two earned -- on six hits over five innings, striking out six, in his final Cactus League start Sunday against the Padres.

Paxton served up a pair of solo blasts, giving him five homers allowed in 16 1/3 spring innings, but the six strikeouts were promising. A guy like Paxton doesn't have much to prove in March, rendering most of this -- including his 8.27 ERA -- worth very little in the end. Felix Hernandez might get the Opening Day start for lifetime achievement, but the 29-year-old southpaw is the unquestioned best pitcher on the M's staff when healthy.
Mar 25 - 7:30 PM

James Paxton gave up two runs while hurling 4 2/3 innings on Wednesday, striking out seven.

Paxton was scheduled to go five in this one, but reached his pitch limit and exited with a runner on in the fifth. This was easily his best outing of the spring, as the left-hander had his good command as well as his swing-and-miss arsenal. It's tough to trust him to give you many innings, but there aren't many better southpaws in baseball when he's healthy.
Mar 14 - 11:10 PM

James Paxton was tagged for four runs over three innings Friday against the Giants.

Paxton allowed five hits, including a two-run homer to Brandon Belt. The southpaw has turned in back-to-back rough outings, but he said after the game that he wasn’t discouraged by Friday’s performance. He still has time to round into form before Opening Day.
Mar 9 - 9:52 PM

James Paxton couldn't make it out of the second inning on Sunday, giving up seven runs in 1 2/3 innings against the Padres in the Cactus League.

Paxton surrendered two homers in the second inning -- solo shot by Robinson Chirinos and a three-run shot by Ryan Rua. He simply didn't have his fastball command in this one, and the Rangers took advantage. Fortunately this doesn't mean much, and Paxton will almost assuredly be pitching at or near the top of the Seattle rotation when the regular season rolls around.
Mar 4 - 3:52 PM

James Paxton fired two scoreless innings against the Padres on Tuesday in his first Cactus League start.

Paxton didn't strike anyone out, but he gave up just one hit and one walk in his first action of the spring. The 28-year-old southpaw was dominant in stretches for Seattle in 2017, finishing with a 2.98 ERA in his 24 starts. He also missed significant time -- again -- and it's hard to believe he'll be able to stay healthy in 2018. Still, he has electric stuff, and he should pile up the strikeouts with a solid ERA once again for the Mariners this season.
Feb 27 - 3:52 PM

Mariners and LHP James Paxton avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.9 million contract.

Paxton was in his first year of arbitration eligibility. The southpaw posted a 2.98 ERA across 24 starts last season.
Jan 12 - 1:34 PM

James Paxton got a hard no-decision on Sunday, striking out nine over six scoreless innings in a loss to the Angels.

Paxton did what he did for most of the 2016 season: Throw strikes and miss bats. Unfortunately, the Mariner offense was shut down by Parker Bridwell. When Paxton is healthy, he has some of the best stuff of any southpaw in the American League. The issue is, he hasn't shown he can stay healthy for a full season yet. At 28-years-old, you have to wonder if he'll ever be able to show this kind of stuff for a full season. IF he can, look out.
Sun, Oct 1, 2017 06:00:00 PM

James Paxton will start for the Mariners in Sunday's season finale against the Angels.

Most had thought that Paxton was done after his last start, but he'll take the hill one final time before calling it a wrap on his 2017 season. The left-hander boasts a 12-5 record, 3.12 ERA and 1.13 WHIP on the season.
Fri, Sep 29, 2017 09:08:00 PM

James Paxton allowed three earned runs, six hits and no walks with five strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision Tuesday at Oakland.

Paxton isn't penciled in for any further starts. Unless he is used in long relief down the stretch he will wrap up the 2017 season with a 12-5 record, 3.12 ERA and 1.13 WHIP with 147 strikeouts over 130 innings across 23 starts. He entered the season with 18 wins across 50 starts in parts of four MLB seasons, so needless to say this was a breakout year.
Wed, Sep 27, 2017 02:55:00 AM

James Paxton struggled in Thursday's loss to the Rangers, allowing two runs on four hits and a pair of walks over 3 2/3 innings.

The left-hander struck out four on the night, needing 73 pitches to get 11 outs. All of the damage done against him came in the first inning on a two-run double by Carlos Gomez. Paxton will carry a 3.03 ERA and 1.13 WHIP into his final start of the season on Tuesday against the Athletics in Oakland.
Fri, Sep 22, 2017 01:05:00 AM

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