Player News - Mariners

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Leonys Martin's early-season struggles continued in Sunday's loss to the Royals as he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

The hitless afternoon drops Martin down to an abysmal .176/.262/.378 on the season. If he doesn't turn things around soon, he could be in jeopardy of losing most of his playing time in the Mariners' outfield.
May 1 - 8:21 PM

Taijuan Walker was dealt his first loss of the 2016 season on Sunday, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits over five innings against the Royals.

Walker struck out four and didn't walk a batter on the afternoon. The Royals didn't mount any major rallies against him, simply scratching out single runs in each of the second, third and fourth innings. He'll carry a pristine 1.80 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 29/3 K/BB ratio into Friday's start against the Astros in Houston.
May 1 - 8:18 PM

Nori Aoki is absent from the Mariners' lineup Sunday.

He's simply receiving a day off. The M's have Seth Smith in left field, Nelson Cruz in right, Robinson Cano in the designated hitter spot and Luis Sardinas at second base Sunday.
May 1 - 1:25 PM

Seth Smith went 2-for-5 with a solo homer in the first inning against the Royals in Saturday's 6-0 victory.

When shielded from left-handed pitching, Smith is a quality big-league player. He's currently hitting .298/.423/.544 in 71 plate appearances, and Saturday's solo shot was his fourth home run of the year. Guys like Smith are useful plug-and-play options in daily leagues when the matchup is favorable. He perhaps has become viable in weekly leagues, too, as fantasy owners can be confident that manager Scott Servais won't ruin his batting average by allowing him to face many southpaws. In a strict platoon like this, though, he's certainly not a top-50 fantasy outfielder, no matter how pretty the overall slash line may look.
May 1 - 1:40 AM

Kyle Seager launched fifth home run of the season off Yordano Ventura in Saturday's win over the Royals.

Seager capped off a huge four-run first inning for the Mariners with a three-run blast. He followed it up with a double and a walk later in the game, making it a very productive night overall. The 28-year-old is only hitting .159/.266/.378 on the year but his .129 BABIP is by far the worst in the majors among qualified players. Expect his performance to skyrocket in the coming months, as that batted-ball luck sorts itself out.
May 1 - 1:25 AM

Wade Miley dazzled the home crowd with a complete-game shutout against the Royals on Saturday night, allowing just five hits and walking no one.

The lefty entered the game having allowed 18 earned runs in 23 innings through his first four starts, but he was brilliant on Saturday night. He didn't allow a Royals batter to reach second base after the third inning, and he retired the last eight batters that he faced. He lowered his ERA to 5.06 on the year. Miley now has two wins in a row and will take that winning streak on the road to Houston for his next scheduled start.
May 1 - 1:15 AM

Felix Hernandez shut out the Royals for 7 2/3 innings to earn his second win of the year on Friday.

Hernandez's velocity remains down a bit and he's walked 18 batters in 32 2/3 innings, yet here he is with a 1.38 ERA after five starts. He allowed five hits, walked three and struck out four in this one. We're still not all that optimistic about him finishing the year as a top-20 SP.
Apr 30 - 1:12 AM

Seth Smith homered for the only run of the game in the Mariners' win over the Royals on Friday.

Smith also walked twice. He's usurped Kyle Seager's position as the No. 2 hitter against righties, and with a .424 OBP to date, he's running away with the spot now. It still doesn't give him much in the way of mixed-league value, though, at least not unless we're talking OBP leagues.
Apr 30 - 1:07 AM

Ketel Marte is 13-for-30 at the plate over his last seven games, pushing his average from .186 to .288.

He's also batted either first or second in three of those games after a slow start resulted in him being moved to the No. 9 spot. "I’ve made some adjustments to see the ball better," Marte said. "And when I get my pitch, that’s what I do. I hit in the cage every day. I work with Robby (Cano) and (hitting coach) Edgar Martinez. They’ve helped me a lot."
Apr 29 - 12:38 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma fell to 0-3 after giving up five runs in five innings Wednesday against the Astros.

Iwakuma struck out seven, but he couldn't contain Jose Altuve, who had a homer and two doubles off him. He did pretty well against everyone else. After five starts, Iwakuma has a 4.65 ERA, but his 25/9 K/BB ratio is solid. It's not time to give up on him in mixed leagues just yet.
Apr 28 - 3:07 AM

Adam Lind went 2-for-4 and hit his first homer Wednesday against the Astros.

Lind has started hitting ahead of Kyle Seager in the order, not because he's off to a good start but because Seager is in the worst slump of his life. Even after tonight, Lind has just three extra-base hits, three RBI and one walk to go along with his adequate .259 average in 58 at-bats.
Apr 28 - 3:05 AM

According to 710 ESPN Seattle’s Mike Salk and Brock Huard, Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln will resign.

John Stanton, a minority owner of the Mariners since 2000, is expected to take over the top spot in the Mariners' front office. Lincoln has guided the M's to only two playoff appearances since being put in charge in 1999, though the team is currently in first place in the American League West with an 11-9 record. This move might have been in the works for some time. Howard announced that he was taking a pay cut last September. He was the chairman of Nintendo, the Mariners' parent company, from 1994-2000.
Source: 710 ESPN
Apr 27 - 2:51 PM

Robinson Cano was a monster in Tuesday's 11-1 win over the Astros, hitting a grand slam and finishing with six RBI.

Cano's first two RBI came in relatively modest fashion, as the star second baseman notched a two-run single off Astros starter Dallas Keuchel in the fifth inning. He would do considerably more damage in the seventh. In that frame, Cano stepped up with the bases juice and connected for a grand slam against Astros reliever Michael Feliz. He ended the contest 2-for-4. He has yet to click into one of his traditional hitting grooves and owns a .238 batting average, but the power has been there in spades this season. Cano is slugging .538 and has whacked seven homers for the month of April. He is up to 21 RBI after Tuesday's huge showing.
Apr 27 - 2:42 AM

Nathan Karns was fantastic in Tuesday's 11-1 win over the Astros, hurling seven innings of shutout ball while allowing just two hits.

Karns wasn't perfect -- he walked three -- but he flummoxed the struggling Astros nonetheless. The 28-year-old right-hander struck out six during his superlative time on the mound. With the shutout under his belt, he now holds a 3.68 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 24/12 K/BB ratio across 22 1/3 innings (four starts). He makes for a solid rotational arm in AL-only formats. Karns will try to replicate Tuesday's result in a road showdown with the A's next time he toes the rubber.
Apr 27 - 2:20 AM

Taijuan Walker fanned 11 while allowing one run over seven innings Monday in a victory over the Astros.

Striking out 11 Astros isn't the most impressive of feats this year, but it's still nice to see Walker bouncing back after some early velocity troubles. Besides just the strikeouts, he kept the ball on the ground and didn't get a single out in the air tonight. It'd seem to be a very good sign.
Apr 26 - 1:37 AM


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