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James Paxton | Starting Pitcher | #65

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (28) / 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 fired seven innings of one-run ball Wednesday in the Mariners' 4-1 victory over the Astros.
Paxton cruised through the toughest lineup in the American League, scattering six hits and a walk while striking out seven. The one run against him came on a George Springer sacrifice fly in the bottom of the third. Paxton, 28, is now 9-3 with a 3.05 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 107/31 K/BB ratio in 94 1/3 innings this season, positioning himself as one of the top starters in the American League. He'll get the Red Sox at home next week. Jul 19 - 5:10 PM

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James Paxton pitched six innings of two-run ball and struck out nine Friday in a win over the White Sox.

Paxton didn't look like the same pitcher last month that he did before going on the DL in early May, but he's turned in four straight quality starts now and looked particularly strong his last two times out, striking out nine in back-to-back wins. Of course, it's helped some that he's faced the Phillies, Angels, A's and White Sox during this QS streak.
Jul 14 - 11:43 PM

James Paxton will open the second half for the Mariners in a start against the White Sox on Friday.

He'll be followed by Felix Hernandez and Andrew Moore, with Ariel Miranda and Sam Gaviglio set to open a series against the Astros next week. Paxton allowed two runs over seven innings Friday against the A's and will go into the All-Star break with a 3.21 ERA and 91/30 K/BB ratio in 81 1/3 innings across 14 starts.
Jul 10 - 11:25 AM

James Paxton allowed just two earned runs, two hits and three walks while striking out nine Athletics over seven innings in a victory Friday.

After losing three of his four starts from June 11-27 the left-hander has bounced back with wins in each of his past two outings. He is 2-0 with a 2.03 ERA in two outings in the month of July, and he has three consecutive quality starts for the first time since his first three outings of the season April 5-15.
Jul 8 - 3:41 AM

James Paxton allowed one earned run, two hits and two walks with three strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings for a win Sunday on the road against the Angels.

Paxton entered the game on a serious skid, going 0-3 with a 7.65 ERA over his previous four outings after opening 5-0 with a 1.69 ERA through his first eight assignments. Fantasy owners are glad to see another quality start after a rough May and most of June by the southpaw.
Jul 2 - 11:06 PM

James Paxton allowed three earned runs, four hits and three walks with nine strikeouts across seven innings in a loss Tuesday against Philadelphia.

Paxton started out 5-0 with a 1.69 ERA through his first eight outings, but he is an ugly 0-3 with a 7.65 ERA over his past four starts. The good news is he has managed 17 strikeouts over the past two outings, and Tuesday's game marked his first quality start since April 26. Despite another loss, mostly due to a lack of run support, perhaps he is starting to emerge from his months-long slump.
Jun 28 - 3:18 AM

James Paxton was touched up for nine hits and four runs (three earned) over 5 1/3 innings Wednesday in the Mariners’ come-from-behind win over the Tigers.

He tallied eight strikeouts and two walks. James McCann took Paxton deep in the third while Justin Upton got to him for RBI singles in the fourth and sixth innings. It was another tough outing for Paxton, who has pitched to a sluggish 6.94 ERA since coming off the disabled list last month. He’ll look to redeem himself Tuesday against the Phillies.
Jun 22 - 2:54 AM

James Paxton was tagged for seven runs in 3 2/3 innings Friday in a loss to the Rangers.

Paxton was awesome before landing on the disabled list and strong in his first start back, but the results from his last three outings are concerning; he's given up 14 runs and walked nine in 12 2/3 innings. If his arm is sound, he'll figure it out soon enough, but we do worry that there's still something going on in there.
Jun 17 - 12:52 AM

James Paxton allowed four earned runs, eight hits and three walks with just three strikeouts over four innings in a loss Sunday against the Blue Jays.

Paxton allowed a double to Kevin Pillar to start the game, and he served up a two-run homer to Josh Donaldson to fall behind 2-0 after just two batters. It was a rare poor outing for Paxton, who was attempting to become the eighth starting pitching in franchise history to win his first six decisions of the season.
Jun 12 - 12:32 AM

James Paxton allowed three earned runs, five hits and three walks with four strikeouts over five innings in a win Tuesday against Minnesota.

Paxton moved to 5-0, although his ERA inched up from 1.26 to 1.69 as a result of the outing. He wasn't at his best and he served up his first homer in nine starts this season. The southpaw continues to be a bright spot for a Mariners team desperately in need of effective and healthy starting pitching.
Jun 7 - 3:02 AM

James Paxton excelled in his return from the disabled list, pitching 5 1/3 innings of three-hit ball in the Mariners' 5-0 win over the Rockies.

Paxton struck out six and walked none in the 74-pitch outing. His velocity did slip as the outing went along, but he was really sharp otherwise. Whether he stays healthy from here is anyone's guess, but he'll likely function as an elite starter if he can avoid the DL.
Jun 1 - 1:40 AM

Mariners activated LHP James Paxton from the 10-day disabled list.

Paxton will return to the Mariners' starting rotation on Wednesday night against the visiting Rockies after missing nearly a month with a left forearm strain. The 28-year-old southpaw had a brilliant 1.43 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, and 45/11 K/BB ratio in 37 2/3 innings (six starts) before landing on the disabled list.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Paxton isn't going to be popular tonight with Scherzer, deGrom, Archer, Martinez and Arrieta all on the hill, but he has GPP appeal against the Rockies at home. Colorado has the 7th highest K-rate (23.4%) against LHP while sitting 19th in wRC+ (91, 100 is an average score), and it doesn't hurt matters that they also strike out often on the road (23.3%, 9th highest). Paxton himself has been masterful at home, allowing just a .207 wOBA with a 1.95 FIP and 10.18 K/9 ratio, albeit in a limited sample size.
May 31 - 2:57 PM

Mariners manager Scott Servais confirmed Saturday that James Paxton (forearm) will return from the disabled list to start against the Rockies on Wednesday.

That had been the target date all along and Paxton was able to avoid any setbacks in his recovery. The left-hander has been sidelined for nearly a month due to a strained forearm. Before landing on the shelf, he registered a 1.43 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 45/11 K/BB ratio in 37 2/3 innings across six starts.
May 27 - 2:11 PM

James Paxton (forearm) is hoping to rejoin the Mariners' rotation on May 31 against the Rockies.

Paxton threw 37 pitches Sunday in another successful bullpen session and is slated to make a rehab start with Double-A Arkansas on Friday. Assuming that goes well, he'll then be cleared to start against the Rockies. The left-hander has been on the shelf for nearly three weeks with a strained forearm.
May 21 - 2:41 PM

James Paxton (forearm) completed a 25-pitch bullpen session on Thursday.

Paxton said it went "great." The Mariners will put Paxton through another bullpen session on Sunday before shipping him off to Double-A Arkansas for a minor league rehab start. Paxton was off to a phenomenal start before his injury and the Mariners are desperate for rotation help with Felix Hernandez (shoulder), Hisashi Iwakuma (shoulder) and Drew Smyly (elbow) all on the disabled list.
May 18 - 7:37 PM

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1B1Danny Valencia
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Jean Segura
2Taylor Motter
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3B1Kyle Seager
LF1Ben Gamel
2Guillermo Heredia
CF1Jarrod Dyson
RF1Mitch Haniger
DH1Nelson Cruz
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S1Felix Hernandez
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3James Paxton
4Drew Smyly
5Yovani Gallardo
6Ariel Miranda
7Andrew Moore
8Ryan Weber
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Edwin Diaz
2David Phelps
3Steve Cishek
4Nick Vincent
5Marc Rzepczynski
6James Pazos
7Tony Zych
8Emilio Pagan
9Shae Simmons
10Evan Marshall
11Evan Scribner