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Carson Smith | Relief Pitcher

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (25) / 10/19/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 213
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Carson Smith got four outs for his 22nd hold before Tom Wilhelmsen blew a save Saturday against the A's.
The main reason Smith hasn't spent the last month closing is because the Mariners don't want to have to pay him big bucks in arbitration a couple of years down the line. He's recovered from his midseason malaise by going the last 18 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run (and just one unearned). Oct 4 - 2:09 AM

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Carson Smith took his fourth blown save after giving up two runs in the ninth Saturday against the White Sox.

Smith simply isn't the same reliever now that he was in the first half, and the Mariners had anyone else worth trying in the closer's role, they'd be open to making a switch. As is, Tom Wilhelmsen is probably the fallback.
Aug 23 - 1:06 AM

Carson Smith struck out one over a scoreless inning against the Rangers on Tuesday to earn his 13th save.

Smith was tasked with facing the meat of the Rangers order, retiring Prince Fielder, Adrian Beltre and Mitch Moreland to earn the save. It was a nice rebound from a blown save his last time out. The right-hander owns a 2.86 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 67/17 K/BB ratio over 50 1/3 innings on the year.
Aug 18 - 11:12 PM

Carson Smith tossed a scoreless ninth inning to secure his 12th save of the season in Sunday's 4-2 win over the Rangers.

Smith entered in the ninth with a 4-2 lead. While he did allow runners to reach on an infield single to open the frame and a two-out hit-by-pitch, neither Rougned Odor nor Shin-Soo Choo would reach home plate. Smith improved to 12-of-14 in save chances and now holds a 2.76 ERA and 59/13 K/BB ratio over 45 2/3 innings. These numbers are a fair sight better than those of former M's closer Fernando Rodney, if not quite at the elite level.
Aug 9 - 7:11 PM

Carson Smith pitched a scoreless ninth for his 11th save Friday in a one-run game against the Rangers.

The Mariners had to be pretty happy with this one after all of Smith's recent struggled. He had given up six runs and five walks over three innings in his last six appearances. The save was his first since July 24.
Aug 8 - 1:50 AM

Carson Smith did not have a particularly good ninth inning, but managed to close out an 8-7 win over the Rockies on Monday for his 10th save.

The Mariners entered with an 8-4 lead, but Tom Wilson and Rob Rasmussen each allowed a single before Smith was brought in. Smith, however, allowed a one-out, two-run double followed by an RBI single to make it an 8-7 game. After allowing another single, Smith recovered, striking out Michael McKenry, then getting Charlie Blackmon to fly out to end the game. The right-hander has struggled since being entrusted with the responsibility of closing out games in June. He's 10-for-12 in save chances overall with a 2.93 ERA and a 57/13 K/BB ratio over 43 innings.
Aug 4 - 12:33 AM

Carson Smith protected a three-run lead in the ninth for his ninth save Friday against the Blue Jays.

The Mariners gave Fernando Rodney a chance to reclaim the closer's role, but since he failed to capitalize, it looks like it's Smith's job for the rest of the year, barring a meltdown. He has a 1.77 ERA and a 0.76 WHIP at the moment.
Jul 25 - 1:33 AM

Carson Smith got the final four outs of Tuesday's 11-9 victory over the Tigers to earn his eighth save of the year.

Smith entered with a runner on first base and two outs in the bottom of the eighth, successfully retiring J.D. Martinez. In the ninth, he worked around a one-out walk to finish out the game. Since taking over regular closing duties for the Mariners, Smith has done an admirable job. He's 8-for-9 in save chances with a 1.86 ERA and a 50/7 K/BB ratio in 38 2/3 innings.
Jul 21 - 11:21 PM

Carson Smith navigated through a difficult ninth inning on Saturday to protect a lead against the Yankees and earn his seventh save of the season.

He didn't make things easy, surrendering a leadoff double to Marx Teixeira to bring the tying run to the plate. After striking out Brian McCann, he got Chase Headley swinging, but he reached on a wild pitch. After a fielder's choice plated a run, he got Didi Gregorius to ground out to escape with the save.
Jul 18 - 4:22 PM

Working the ninth with the Mariners up by six, Carson Smith allowed two runs in his inning Friday against the A's.

The Mariners haven't had any save chances since Fernando Rodney got the nod over Smith last Friday against the Angels. It might well be that Rodney gets the call again next time out. Smith hasn't done anything wrong, but Lloyd McClendon wants Rodney to win back the job.
Jul 4 - 1:15 AM

Carson Smith picked up a hold Friday after getting two outs in the eighth inning against the Angels.

With Mike Trout and Albert Pujols coming up in a 3-1 game, Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon chose to go to his best reliever in the eighth rather than save him for the ninth. Smith actually failed to retire either -- Trout singled and Pujols walked -- but Smith went on to get a double play ball to escape the jam and earn a hold. He's still probably the favorite for saves in Seattle at the moment.
Jun 27 - 1:33 AM

Carson Smith nailed down his fifth save of the season Saturday in the Mariners' 6-3 defeat of the Astros.

Smith was called on in the eighth inning and recorded the final four outs for the M's, whiffing two of the four batters he faced. The 25-year-old right-hander is now sporting a 1.52 ERA, 0.71 WHIP, and 36/5 K/BB ratio in 29 2/3 innings this season. Fernando Rodney isn't going to see more save opportunities anytime soon.
Jun 21 - 1:10 AM

Carson Smith earned his fourth save of the season Friday in the Mariners' 5-2 defeat of the Astros.

Smith retired all three he batters he faced in a perfect ninth inning -- one of them via strikeout. The 25-year-old right-hander boasts a stellar 1.59 ERA, 0.74 WHIP, and 34/5 K/BB ratio in 28 1/3 innings this season. It's hard to see Fernando Rodney retaking the Mariners' closer role at this point.
Jun 20 - 3:16 PM

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Carson Smith will remain the team's closer for now.

"We'll see how things go," McClendon said. "Obviously Carson has done a nice job. I've said all along, the biggest question with Carson is the ability to go back-to-back and sometimes back-to-back-to-back or three out of five. I would say this: On days when Smith cannot go, you might see (Fernando) Rodney or a combination of Rodney and somebody else." Rodney has been showing signs of improvement of late, and McClendon may eventually return to his embattled closer due to experience and loyalty. Smith should remain in lineups for the time being, though.
Jun 17 - 10:18 PM

Carson Smith allowed a solo home run but earned the save Tuesday, closing out the Mariners' 3-2 win over the Indians.

A day off for Fernando Rodney was the excuse when Smith earned his first save a few days ago, but there's no apparent reason Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon called on Smith Tuesday aside from the fact that he's the best option at present. Smith hit a bit of a bump, allowing a solo homer to Yan Gomes, but he got the job done. McClendon still hasn't anointed Smith as his closer, but owners should read between the lines and grab the 25-year-old anyway.
Jun 9 - 11:25 PM

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C1Jesus Sucre
2John Hicks
3Steven Baron
1B1Logan Morrison
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Ketel Marte
3B1Kyle Seager
LF1Seth Smith
2Stefen Romero
3Shawn O'Malley
CF1Brad Miller
2Franklin Gutierrez
3James Jones
RF1Nelson Cruz
DH1Mark Trumbo
2Jesus Montero
Starting Pitcher
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3James Paxton
4Taijuan Walker
5Roenis Elias
Relief Pitcher
R1Tom Wilhelmsen
2Carson Smith
3Charlie Furbush
4Joe Beimel
5David Rollins
6Mayckol Guaipe
7Rob Rasmussen
8Vidal Nuno
9Logan Kensing
10Tony Zych
11Jose Ramirez
12Danny Farquhar
13J.C. Ramirez