Tag: Chris Flexen
2022 Season Preview: Starting rotation
Unlike the last two seasons (OK, one plus the mini-2020), the Mariners will not start the year with a six-man rotation. That experiment was tied to a tenuous logic about workloads after long layoffs (2020) and then because of a lack of innings in the prior year (2021). It didn't really pan out, the pitchers didn't like it, and—perhaps most importantly to manager Scott Servais—it deprived the bullpen of yet another arm that it didn't need (the Seattle bullpen had anywhere from 8-11 pitchers in it last year while the team carried a minuscule bench).
Pitching and patience give M's first series win
After Opening Night's wild and wacky role-reversal win for the Mariners against the San Francisco Giants, things seemed to revert to form for Game Two. In that affair on Friday night, Yusei Kikuchi threw a gem, striking out ten over six innings while only racking up 89 pitches, a start marred only by two mistakes—home runs the opposite way off of outside fastballs to Buster Posey and Evan Longoria. (They weren't bad pitches, either, it's not like Yusei grooved them down the middle.) It was a terrific game for the Japanese lefty and he left with the score tied at 3-3.
Previewing the '21 Mariners: Starting pitchers
In last year's mini-season, the Mariners opted to use a six-man starting rotation rather than the customary five. There was some logic to this, mostly based on the fact that there was no minor-league baseball being played and the club didn't want to deprive the likes of Justin Dunn and Nick Margevicius of development time. Plus, with the strangeness of the interrupted spring, the long layoff, and fairly abrupt ramp-up to the brief 60-game season, giving the starters an extra day of rest each time through seemed like a reasonable precaution.