Player News - Mariners

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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

Kyle Seager hit his fourth homer of the year Monday off the Astros' Doug Fister.

Seager is still hitting just .141, but his slump might be nearing its end. It's not like he's been striking out a ton or struggling to hit for power... he should be just fine.
Apr 26 - 1:35 AM

Charlie Furbush (shoulder) will throw for a third straight day Monday.

Furbush, who began the year on the DL with left shoulder tightness, has been throwing from a distance of 135 feet. It's unclear when he'll be ready for game action, but he's getting closer.
Apr 25 - 7:43 PM

Mariners recalled RHP Mayckol Guaipe from Triple-A Tacoma.

He'll take the place of Joaquin Benoit (shoulder) in the M's bullpen. Guaipe made 21 appearances at the major league level in 2015 and had a 2.16 ERA over his first six appearances in Triple-A this season.
Apr 25 - 5:36 PM

Mariners placed RHP Joaquin Benoit on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 22, with right shoulder inflammation.

Benoit has been dealing with discomfort in the area for a while now, so he'll get some extended rest. The Mariners have called up Mayckol Guaipe to take his place in the bullpen.
Apr 25 - 5:29 PM

Kyle Seager hit a three-run homer in the Mariners' 9-4 defeat of the Angels on Sunday.

The three-run shot off Angels starter Matt Shoemaker capped off a four-run opening frame for the visiting team. Seager has gotten off to a sluggish start at the plate this season, batting just .134/.227/.299, but he does have three home runs and nine RBI in 17 games. He'll get it all working eventually.
Apr 24 - 7:10 PM

Nick Vincent earned his second career save Sunday in the Mariners' defeat of the Angels.

Vincent took over for Mariners starter Wade Miley in the bottom of the eighth inning and got two quick outs, so manager Scott Servais decided to just go ahead and stick with him for the ninth. Vincent delivered 1 2/3 hitless innings, whiffing two. Steve Cishek is not in danger of losing his closer gig, but Vincent should probably get more high-leverage looks going forward. He was always pretty good in San Diego, and the 29-year-old right-hander boasts a 2.16 ERA, 0.48 WHIP, and 10/0 K/BB ratio over his first 8 1/3 innings this season with the Mariners.
Apr 24 - 7:02 PM


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