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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 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

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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

With Fernando Rodney getting the night off, Carson Smith pitched a scoreless ninth in a one-run game for his first save Saturday.

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon doesn't seem to think Smith is ready to close, but he gave him the assignment tonight and Smith turned in a perfect 10-pitch inning, throwing eight strikes. While Rodney will probably be back in there if there's another save chance Sunday, at least McClendon has to see Smith as a more viable alternative now should a change be necessary.
Jun 7 - 1:42 AM

Carson Smith notched the win in relief with two perfect innings against the A's on Friday.

Smith struck out three. After arriving in September, he showed that he'd soon be a force to be reckoned with out of the pen. He's materializing as one of the AL's best setup men now, and he could be the Mariners' closer in 2016 and beyond.
May 9 - 2:13 AM

Mariners recalled RHP Carson Smith from Triple-A Tacoma.

The 25-year-old appeared in nine games with the Mariners in 2014, hurling 8 2/3 shutout innings while posting a 0.60 WHIP and 8/5 K/BB ratio. He'll work in middle relief initially, and should have a chance to stick with the club for the long haul as long as he pitches well.
Apr 3 - 7:41 PM

Mariners optioned RHP Carson Smith to Triple-A Tacoma.

Smith held a 4.15 ERA with eight strikeouts over 8 2/3 innings this spring. The 25-year-old has loads of upside as a relief arm and should get his chance before long. His demotion could open up a spot in the bullpen for Tyler Olson.
Mar 29 - 2:48 PM

Mariners purchased the contract of RHP Carson Smith from Triple-A Tacoma.

Smith owns a promising 2.55 ERA and 193/58 K/BB ratio in 155 career minor league innings -- all in relief. He could quickly move into a setup role in Seattle.
Mon, Sep 1, 2014 01:47:00 PM

The Mariners announced Friday that they have shut down Carson Smith for the remainder of the Arizona Fall League season

The 24-year-old right-hander won't compete in the AFL Fall Stars Game on Saturday. There are no injury concerns for Smith, the organization just wants him to focus now on getting ready for spring training. He excelled in 50 innings at Double-A Jackson this season, compiling a 1.80 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 71/17 K/BB ratio, and has a chance to earn a spot in the M's Opening Day bullpen.
Fri, Nov 1, 2013 06:11:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Mike Zunino
2Jesus Sucre
1B1Logan Morrison
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Brad Miller
2Chris Taylor
3B1Kyle Seager
LF1Seth Smith
2Dustin Ackley
CF1Austin Jackson
2Franklin Gutierrez
RF1Nelson Cruz
DH1Mark Trumbo
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3James Paxton
4Taijuan Walker
5Mike Montgomery
6J.A. Happ
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Carson Smith
2Fernando Rodney
3Charlie Furbush
4Mark Lowe
5Joe Beimel
6David Rollins
7Vidal Nuno
8Tom Wilhelmsen