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Chris Young, SP8/29/2014 9:11:00 PM
Description: Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon announced Friday that Chris Young will have his next start moved back from Saturday to Monday according to Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times.
Insight: McClendon apparently wants Young to have a few extra days rest before his next start. Young has had a tremdenous year but struggled in his last start allowing three runs in three and 2/3 innings. Roenis Elias will start in Young's place on Saturday. Young is 12-6 with a 3.17 ERA this year.
Jesus Montero, DH8/29/2014 7:31:00 PM
Description: Mariners designated hitter Jesus Montero will not return this season as Seattle is shutting him down for the remainder of 2014.
Insight: Mariners beat writer Bob Dutton reports the club wants to address Montero's non-baseball issues the rest of the year. On Thursday, Montero attempted to contront a team scout in the crowd of a Class-A Everett game for poking fun at his lack of hustle. Allegedly, the scout sent an ice cream sandwich into the dugout for Montero. The DH is extremely talented and only 24, but Seattle will not promote him back to the big leagues until he learns to control his temper.
Mike Zunino, CCold8/27/2014 9:17:00 PM
Description: Mariners catcher Mike Zunino went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Wednesday against Texas.
Insight: Zunino was just two for his previous 28 (.071) with 15 strikeouts. He's hit 19 homers this season, but with a .205 average, 48 RBI, 46 runs and a .680 OPS he is an AL-only option at best.
Kyle Seager, 3B8/27/2014 12:37:00 PM
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager is a career .412 hitter (7-for-17) against Rangers starter Colby Lewis.
Insight: Seager is hitting .357 with four runs and two RBI in his last four games. He also has a steal. This year, Seager is hitting .275 with 19 home runs and 80 RBI, which is second among third baseman in the league.
Kyle Seager, 3B8/27/2014 12:37:00 PM
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager reached 20 homers for the third straight season Wednesday against the Rangers.
Insight: Seager is hitting just .247 with five extra-base hits in August, but he's also hit four homers, driven in 14 runs and scored 16 in that span.
Austin Jackson, CF8/27/2014 11:10:00 AM
Description: Mariners center fielder Austin Jackson is a career .417 hitter (10-for-24) with four extra-base hits against Rangers starter Colby Lewis
Insight: Jackson takes a seven-game hitting streak into Wednesday's game. In the series against the Rangers, the center fielder is 2-for-8 with a triple and run scored. Jackson is hitting .266 with 65 runs and 13 steals this year.
Felix Hernandez, SPHot8/25/2014 8:32:00 PM
Description: Mariners starter Felix Hernandez' next start has been pushed back from Wednesday to Friday, according to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune.
Insight: He'll start against the Nationals instead of the Rangers. The Mariners will likely start either Erasmo Ramirez or Taijuan Walker on Wednesday. Hernandez suffered a hip injury on Aug. 16 when he was hit by a comebacker and he's lasted less than six innings in two straight starts.
Robinson Cano, 2B8/25/2014 7:01:00 PM
Description: Mariners second basman Robinson Cano is in the lineup Monday against Texas.
Insight: Cano left Sunday's game with dizziness and said he feels like he has the flu. However, he's ready to go and he has a favorable matchup against right-hander Miles Mikolas (7.48 ERA in 49 1/3 IP).
Robinson Cano, 2B8/25/2014 10:19:00 AM
Description: Mariners second basman Robinson Cano left Sunday's game due to dizziness, but is expected to play Monday, according to the team's site.
Insight: Cano apparently has the flu. Despite a low home run total, Cano has been a solid contributor with a .326 batting average, 11 HR, 70 RBI and 67 runs scored.
Dustin Ackley, LFHot8/24/2014 7:27:00 PM
Description: Seattle left fielder Dustin Ackley went 3-for-5 with a double, a triple, one RBI and three runs Sunday at Boston.
Insight: Ackley has gone 43-for-135 (.319) with 12 doubles, a triple, five home runs, 25 RBI, 22 runs and five steals in his last 34 games.
Robinson Cano, 2B8/24/2014 3:35:00 PM
Description: Mariners second basman Robinson Cano left Sunday's game due to dizziness according to Greg Johnson of mlb.com
Insight: Cano will be evaluated by a doctor and we should know more after the game. Despite a low home run total, Cano has been a solid contributor with a .328 batting average, 11 HR, 70 RBI and 66 runs scored.
Dustin Ackley, LF8/23/2014 5:37:00 PM
Description: Seattle left fielder Dustin Ackley hit his ninth home run of the season on Saturday against Boston. Ackley also drove in three RBI.
Insight: The left fielder also had a stolen base. He has five RBI in the two games against Boston so far this weekend.
Kendrys Morales, DH8/20/2014 8:25:00 PM
Description: Seattle 1B/DH Kendrys Morales has hit three homers in his last seven games.
Insight: Morales had one homer in his first 55 games this season. He's hitting .229 with 15 doubles, four homers, 30 RBI and a .615 OPS, but he's starting to swing the bat better.
Mike Zunino, C8/20/2014 12:55:00 PM
Description: Mariners catcher Mike Zunino is not in the lineup Wednesday.
Insight: Zunino has batted under .200 in three of the five months this season, including August. He has 18 homers, 47 RBI and 45 runs but just a .210 average and .686 OPS.
Dustin Ackley, LF8/20/2014 12:39:00 PM
Description: Seattle left fielder Dustin Ackley is not in the lineup Wednesday due to a sore back, according to Greg Johns of mlb.com.
Insight: After going 29-for-79 (.367) with eight doubles, four homers, 13 RBI and 14 runs from July 18 to Aug. 7, Ackley has picked up nine hits in his last 42 at-bats (.214).
Kyle Seager, 3BCold8/19/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager went 1-for-5 with a solo homer Tuesday at Philadelphia.
Insight: Seager also struck out three times. He's gone 15-for-61 (.246) with three homers in August.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SPHot8/19/2014 10:32:00 PM
Description: Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma allowed four hits and had an 11/0 K/BB over eight scoreless innings Tuesday at Philadelphia.
Insight: Iwakuma has allowed a total of two runs on 19 hits over 29 1/3 innings this month (0.61 ERA). He's 12-6 with a 2.57 ERA, a 0.95 WHIP and 120 Ks in 147 innings despite missing all of April with a finger injury.
Robinson Cano, 2B8/19/2014 10:35:00 AM
Description: Mariners second basman Robinson Cano is a career .217 hitter with only one extra-base hit against Phillies pitcher A.J. Burnett.
Insight: Cano had a four-game hitting streak before going 0-for-4 on Monday night. The second baseman is batting .333 with four home runs and nine RBI in August.
Kendrys Morales, DH8/19/2014 3:40:00 AM
Description: SeattleDH/1B Kendrys Morales is not in Tuesday's starting lineup.
Insight: Morales played first base on Monday, but the team is better defensively with him at DH and Logan Morrison at first. They are in a NL city, so no DH is available.
Dustin Ackley, LF 8/18/2014 9:56:00 PM
Description: Seattle left fielder Dustin Ackley went 3-for-4 with two doubles and one RBI Monday at Philadelphia.
Insight: Ackley was 5-for-35 (.143) in his previous nine games after going 39-for-111 (.351) with 10 doubles, four homers and 15 RBI from July 1 to Aug. 7.
Felix Hernandez, SPHot8/18/2014 7:31:00 PM
Description: Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Felix Hernandez' hip is fine and he'll make his next start Friday against Boston.
Insight: Hernandez took a one-hopper off his hip Saturday against the Tigers and he left after five innings. He had thrown 16 straight starts of seven or more innings and two runs or less allowed, an MLB record.
Chris Young, SPHot8/17/2014 4:45:00 PM
Description: Seattle right-hander Chris Young allowed just four useless hits over six innings en route to his 12th win of the season.
Insight: Young's career revival continues. He didn't pitch in 2013, but at 12-6 is one of the biggest pitching surprises of the year. After today's effort his ERA is down to 3.07and he's won four of his last five starts.
Robinson Cano, 2BHot8/16/2014 5:15:00 PM
Description: Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (foot) is in the lineup Saturday against the Tigers.
Insight: Cano left Friday's game with a sore foot after fouling a ball off it, but he's fine. He has batted .358 with seven homers, 24 RBI, 22 runs and a 1.029 OPS over his last 39 games.
Robinson Cano, 2BHot8/15/2014 10:17:00 PM
Description: Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano left Friday's game with a right foot injury.
Insight: Cano fouled a ball off his foot in the first inning and felt soreness while running out a ground ball in the seventh. He went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in the game and is probably fine.
James Paxton, SP8/15/2014 10:15:00 PM
Description: Mariners left-hander James Paxton won his first game since April 8 Friday at Detroit.
Insight: Paxton threw six innings and allowed one run on five hits with two Ks. The 25-year-old left-hander missed nearly four months with lat and shoulder injuries but is 3-0 with a 2.20 ERA, a 0.94 WHIP and a 24/6 K/BB in 28 2/3 innings on the year. He should be added in all leagues.
Austin Jackson, CF 8/10/2014 7:22:00 PM
Description: Austin Jackson went 3-for-4 with a double and four RBI Sunday against the White Sox.
Insight: Jackson came in with a .400 average in 45 career at-bats against White Sox starter John Danks and he didn't disappoint fantasy owners who rolled with him Sunday. The center fielder is 10-for-36 (.277) since he joined the Mariners.
Erasmo Ramirez, SP8/10/2014 2:16:00 PM
Description: Mariners right-hander Erasmo Ramirez has been recalled to start Sunday against the White Sox.
Insight: Ramirez struck out 10 batters and allowed two runs over seven innings in his last appearance on July 22. He's started five games in the big leagues since June 9 and posted a 1.33 ERA over 27 innings but also walked 18 batters in that span. The right-hander will be sent back down after the game because Seattle won't need a fifth starter for a while.
Austin Jackson, CFCold8/10/2014 12:14:00 PM
Description: Austin Jackson has hit .219 with one RBI and three runs in eight games since he was traded to the Mariners, but he has a good matchup Sunday.
Insight: Jackson is 18-for-45 (.400) with two doubles, three homers and five walks in his career against White Sox starter John Danks and he's also hitting .315 against left-handers this season.
Robinson Cano, 2BHot8/10/2014 12:11:00 PM
Description: Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano is a .462 hitter in his career against White Sox starter John Danks, going 6-for-13 with two doubles and a homer.
Insight: Cano is one lefty batter who has no trouble with same-handed pitchers. He has just nine homers this season, but he's made up for it by hitting .332 with 64 RBI and 57 runs. Cano hit .307 or better in May, June and July and he's hitting .385 in August.
Robinson Cano, 2B8/9/2014 11:27:00 AM
Description: Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano is hitless in nine plate appearances versus Whits Sox right-hander Hector Noesi.
Insight: Cano has put together a fine season, despite a home run shortage, batting a league-leading .335 with an .873 OPS, but this is an unfavorable matchup.
Dustin Ackley, LFHot8/6/2014 6:53:00 PM
Description: Seattle left fielder Dustin Ackley has hit three homers in his last six games after hitting none from May 12 to July 30.
Insight: Ackley has gone 27-for-75 (.360) with eight doubles, three homers, nine RBI, 11 runs and a steal in his last 18 games.
Mike Zunino, C8/6/2014 1:08:00 PM
Description: Mariners catcher Mike Zunino will take a seat Wednesday.
Insight: Zunino has 17 bombs this season, but he's hitting .210 with a horrific 112/11 K/BB. He should be back in the lineup Thursday.
Kyle Seager, 3BCold8/3/2014 9:43:00 AM
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager is 1-for-10 against Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman
Insight: Seager has had a tough couple of weeks (.255 batting average, .640 OPS) and this unfavorable matchup isn't likely to help.
Robinson Cano, 2BHot8/3/2014 9:42:00 AM
Description: Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano is a career .440 hitter (11-for-25) versus Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman.
Insight: Cano has put together a fine season, despite a home run shortage, batting .331 with an .847 OPS. He overcame a bad matchup Saturday and now faces a favorable one on Sunday.
Mike Zunino, C8/2/2014 3:08:00 PM
Description: Mariners catcher Mike Zunino is not in Saturday's starting lineup versus Baltimore.
Insight: Zunino has hit .212 this season, but he's blasted 17 home runs, tied for third with Evan Gattis at his position. Carlos Santana and Devin Mesoraco lead the list with 20 and 18, respectively.
James Paxton, SP8/2/2014 2:49:00 PM
Description: Mariners left-hander James Paxton (lat, shoulder) has been activated and will start Saturday at Baltimore.
Insight: The young left-hander went on the DL with a strained lat on April 9th and he began experiencing shoulder inflammation in May. Paxton went 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA and a 0.67 WHIP in his first two starts this season and should be added in all leagues.
Robinson Cano, 2B8/2/2014 10:47:00 AM
Description: Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano is a career .095 hitter (2-for-22) versus Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez.
Insight: Cano has put together a fine season, despite a home run shortage, batting .331 with an .847 OPS. This matchup, however, should be avoided.
Robinson Cano, 2B8/1/2014 9:53:00 AM
Description: Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano is a career .182 hitter (4-for-22) versus Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen.
Insight: Cano does has a home run and a double in those four hits, but a career .310 hitter batting .182 is a significant variation.
Kyle Seager, 3B8/1/2014 9:50:00 AM
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager is 1-for-14 (.071) against Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen.
Insight: Seager has had a very good and consistent season, posting an OPS of at least .791 in all four months to date, but he has beem much better at home and this matchup in Baltimore should be avoided.
Mike Zunino, C7/31/2014 10:42:00 PM
Description: Mariners catcher Mike Zunino homered for the third time in his last four games Thursday against Cleveland.
Insight: Zunino has hit .212 this season, but he's blasted 17 home runs, tied for third among backstops.
Dustin Ackley, LFHot7/31/2014 10:38:00 PM
Description: Seattle left fielder Dustin Ackley capped off a terrific month of July with a two-run home run Thursday at Cleveland.
Insight: It was Ackley's first homer since May 11. He batted .365 with nine doubles, nine RBI and nine runs in July, but he's still hitting .253 with a .676 OPS on the year.
Austin Jackson, CFHot7/31/2014 5:19:00 PM
Description: Austin Jackson is heading to the Mariners as part of a three-team trade between Seattle, Detroit and Tampa Bay.
Insight: Mariners' center fielders have the lowest OPS in baseball this season so Jackson will be a big upgrade, but he'll be more valuable to Seattle than fantasy owners even though he's batted .361 with 13 extra-base hits in his last 24 games. He'll have fewer run scoring opportunities with the Mariners and doesn't offer many homers or steals.
Kyle Seager, 3B 7/31/2014 12:40:00 PM
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager is 6-for-14 (.429) with three doubles against Cleveland's Zach McAllister.
Insight: Seager has had a very good season, hitting .281 with 45 extra-base hits (16 HR), 67 RBI and an .834 OPS. He's hit .305 with a .900 OPS the past 85 games after struggling the first three weeks of the season.
Michael Saunders, RF7/30/2014 9:28:00 PM
Description: Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders (oblique) took batting practice Wednesday, according to mlb.com. He could begin a rehab assignment this weekend.
Insight: He went on the disabled list with a strained oblique on July 11 after spending a couple weeks on the DL in June with a shoulder injury. Saunders will return to a .276 average, six homers, 28 RBI, 31 runs, three steals and a .761 OPS in 196 at-bats.
James Paxton, SP7/30/2014 8:18:00 PM
Description: Mariners left-hander James Paxton (lat, shoulder) is expected to start Saturday at Baltimore, according to mlb.com.
Insight: The young left-hander went on the DL with a strained lat on April 9th and he began experiencing shoulder inflammation in May. Paxton went 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA and a 0.67 WHIP in his first two starts this season and should be added in all leagues.
Dustin Ackley, LFHot7/29/2014 10:39:00 PM
Description: Seattle left fielder Dustin Ackley had three more hits Tuesday at Cleveland, bringing his total to 30 in July.
Insight: Ackley has gone 30-for-77 (.390) this month, but he's still hitting just .256 with four homers, 34 RBI and three steals on the year.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SPHot7/29/2014 10:36:00 PM
Description: Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma has thrown at least seven innings in five straight starts.
Insight: Iwakuma (9-5, 3.06 ERA, 0.99 WHIP) has gone 4-1 with a 2.32 ERA and 39 Ks in 42 2/3 innings this month. He's walked just nine batters in 117 2/3 innings this season.
Mike Zunino, C7/29/2014 10:29:00 PM
Description: Mariners catcher Mike Zunino hit his 16th home run of the season Tuesday at Cleveland.
Insight: Zunino (.214, 16 HR, 38 RBI) has gone 5-for-7 with a double, two homers and three runs in his last two games and he's hit nine home runs in his last 28 games.
James Paxton, SP7/28/2014 1:38:00 PM
Description: Mariners left-hander James Paxton (shoulder) made what is expected to be his final rehab start Sunday, going 4 1/3 IP at Tacoma )PCL)
Insight: The young left-hander went on the DL with a strained lat on April 9th and is expected to return to the mound against Baltimore Saturday. Paxton has a quality fastball topping out at around 95 mph and was 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA and 0.667 WHIP when he last pitched. If available you should add him to your roster.
Roenis Elias, SP7/27/2014 8:49:00 PM
Description: Seattle left-hander Roenis Elias gave up one run and struck out six over five innings Sunday against the Orioles.
Insight: Elias' first three starts of July were miserable. He allowed 11 earned runs over 8 1/3 innings in the first two and left his last start with a forearm cramp. The Cuban rookie has a 4.31 ERA, a 1.27 WHIP and 110 Ks in 123 1/3 innings this season.
Dustin Ackley, LFHot7/27/2014 7:41:00 PM
Description: Seattle left fielder Dustin Ackley went 3-for-5 Sunday and has gone 27-for-72 (.375) in July.
Insight: Ackley hasn't homered since May 11 and has just four homers, 32 RBI, 37 runs and three steals in 315 at-bats this season. While he's mashed this month, he's also driven in just five runs and scored seven in that span.
Mike Zunino, C7/27/2014 7:36:00 PM
Description: Mariners catcher Mike Zunino went 3-for-4 with a solo homer Sunday against the Orioles.
Insight: Zunino has hit 15 homers this season, but he's batting just .209 with 37 RBI, 36 runs and a .677 OPS. Catcher is a weak fantasy position, but you can probably do better.
Mike Zunino, C7/26/2014 1:30:00 PM
Description: Mariners catcher Mike Zunino is not in Saturday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: Just a routine day off after a night game. Zunino isn't batting for a high average (.202), but has knocked out 14 homers with 36 RBI this season.
Jesus Montero, DH7/24/2014 6:09:00 PM
Description: Just called up Mariners C/1B Jesus Montero will start at DH and bat sixth Thursday night versus Baltimore and Wei-Yin Chen.
Insight: Once an elite prospect, Montero has done nothing but disappoint fantasy owners at the big league level. He may only get a one-game tryout with Kendrys Morales expected to arrive Friday.
Chris Taylor, SS7/24/2014 6:08:00 PM
Description: The Mariners will install just-called-up shortstop Chris Taylor into the starting lineup.
Insight: Taylor was batting .328 at Tacoma with five homers, 37 RBI, 63 runs and 14 steals. He'll bat ninth. The team continues to search for offense.
Taijuan Walker, SP7/23/2014 8:36:00 PM
Description: Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker allowed just two hits in five innings Wednesday against the Mets, but he walked six batters and hit Ruben Tejada in the head with a pitch.
Insight: Walker allowed two runs and struck out five in the loss. The prospect was demoted back to Triple-A after the game. With James Paxton expected back in early August and Erasmo Ramirez coming off a great start, it may be a while until Walker gets another chance with the Mariners. This will likely go down as a lost season for the 21-year-old, who missed the first two and a half months with shoulder inflammation.
Erasmo Ramirez, SP 7/23/2014 12:46:00 PM
Description: Mariners right-hander Erasmo Ramirez made a strong bid to keep the fifth spot in the rotation with 10 Ks over seven innings (5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB) Tuesday against the Mets.
Insight: Ramirez has posted a 1.33 ERA in 27 innings over his last five starts, but he's walked 18 batters during that span. Taijuan Walker, who will start Wednesday, is also an option for the No. 5 spot. However, James Paxton is expected to return in early August so both Walker and Ramirez could be out of luck.
Roenis Elias, SP 7/22/2014 9:51:00 PM
Description: Seattle left-hander Roenis Elias' forearm "checked out fine," according to manager Lloyd McClendon. SOURCE: mlb.com
Insight: Elias (8-8, 4.41 ERA, 1.27 WHIP) left Monday's start after 90 pitches due to cramping. The 25-year-old rookie is listed as the starter for Sunday's game against the Orioles.
Taijuan Walker, SP7/22/2014 6:58:00 PM
Description: The Mariners plan to recall Taijuan Walker for Wednesday's start. SOURCE: Bob Dutton, Tacoma News Tribune
Insight: Seattle pushed back Hisashi Iwakuma and Felix Hernandez one day each, so they need a spot starter Wednesday and Walker was on schedule to start Wednesday for Triple-A. If he pitches well, the prospect could remain in the rotation ahead of Erasmo Ramirez, who will start Tuesday in the fifth rotation spot. However, James Paxton (lat) is nearing his return and could take that spot.
Taijuan Walker, SP7/21/2014 6:24:00 PM
Description: The Mariners have pushed starters Hisashi Iwakuma and Felix Hernandez back one day and may recall Taijuan Walker for Wednesday's start. SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune
Insight: Erasmo Ramirez will be recalled to start Tuesday against the Mets. Walker is scheduled to start Wednesday for Triple-A Tacoma, so he would make sense for a call-up.
Robinson Cano, 2BHot7/21/2014 5:35:00 PM
Description: Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (hamstring) is back in the lineup Monday.
Insight: Cano sat out Sunday due to hamstring tightness. He's batted .414 in July and .335 this season.
Robinson Cano, 2BHot7/21/2014 10:48:00 AM
Description: Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano was out of Sunday's lineup with hamstring tightness, but is probable for Monday's game against the NY Mets.
Insight: The second baseman has batted .414 in July. Cano has batted .335 average with 57 RBI, 49 runs and seven steals this season. Fantasy owners shouldn't be too concerned by the leg injury except that he may not steal bases for a while.
Robinson Cano, 2BHot7/20/2014 2:38:00 PM
Description: Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano is out of Sunday's lineup with hamstring tightness.
Insight: Cano has made up for his lack of power (7 HR) with a .335 average, 57 RBI, 49 runs and seven steals this season. He's dealt with the hamstring injury sporadically this season, so fantasy owners shouldn't be too concerned. The second baseman has batted .414 in July.
James Paxton, SP7/18/2014 9:25:00 PM
Description: Mariners left-hander James Paxton (shoulder) is expected to throw a bullpen session Saturday, according to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune.
Insight: Paxton will make a rehab start Tuesday if he gets through the bullpen without an issue. The young left-hander went on the DL with a strained lat on April 9th and began experiencing shoulder inflammation near the end of May.
Taijuan Walker, SP7/17/2014 3:42:00 PM
Description: Seattle right-hander Taijuan Walker's next start for Triple-A Tacoma has been pushed back from Thursday to Friday, which knocks him off schedule to reclaim the fifth starter spot Tuesday against the Mets.
Insight: "Taijuan just needs a little more time," Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik said. "He got up here this year, fairly quick (after completing his rehab from a shoulder injury). That was, more or less, out of necessity. What we'd like to do is have Taijuan get a few more games under his belt." This is a frustrating development for fantasy owners who waited patiently for Walker to make his 2014 debut on June 30 after he missed the entire season to that point with shoulder inflammation.
Taijuan Walker, SP7/9/2014 5:08:00 PM
Description: Seattle right-hander Taijuan Walker has been optioned to Triple-A Tacoma.
Insight: Walker has allowed four runs and walked seven batters in 10 innings so far after missing the entire season due to a shoulder injury. He'll probably be back with the Mariners shortly after the All-Star break. If he makes two starts for Tacoma he'll be on track to start Seattle's sixth game of the second half.
Mike Zunino, C7/6/2014 11:08:00 AM
Description: Mariners catcher Mike Zunino is not in Sunday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: Zunino isn't batting for a high average (.216), but has knocked out 12 homers with 33 RBI this season.
Roenis Elias, SPCold7/4/2014 9:42:00 PM
Description: Seattle left-hander Roenis Elias has allowed 10 runs on 13 hits (3 HR) over 11 innings in his last two starts.
Insight: The 25-year-old Elias is 7-7 with a 4.19 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP and 93 Ks in 109 2/3 innings after giving up two homers and five runs in five innings Friday at Chicago.
Corey Hart, DH7/4/2014 3:58:00 PM
Description: Seattle DH Corey Hart (strained left hamstring) has been activated from the disabled list and is in Friday's starting lineup.
Insight: Hart will bat cleanup. He was batting just .209 with five homers and a .647 OPS in 37 games before the injury.
Chris Young, SPHot7/2/2014 5:29:00 PM
Description: Seattle right-hander Chris Young allowed two solo homers but didn't give up another hit or run to the Astros in seven innings Wednesday. The right-hander also struck out a season-high eight batters.
Insight: Young's career revival continues. He's gone 8-4 with a 3.11 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP in 98 1/3 innings this season. He didn't pitch in the majors last year and hasn't thrown more than 115 innings since 2007. He'll have to continue to defy his fielding-independent numbers (4.99 FIP) if he's going to keep this up.
Taijuan Walker, SP6/30/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Seattle right-hander Taijuan Walker (shoulder) gave up three runs on five hits over six innings in his 2014 debut Monday at Houston.
Insight: Walker missed the entire season to this point with a shoulder injury. He gave up a mammoth two-run homer to George Springer in the first inning and a solo shot to Marwin Gonzalez in the second, but he settled down for the next four innings. Walker is one of the top prospects in the game and should be owned in all leagues.
Felix Hernandez, SPHot6/29/2014 6:55:00 PM
Description: Seattle right-hander Felix Hernandez permitted just one hit over eight shutout innings Sunday against Cleveland.
Insight: Hernandez (10-2, 2.10 ERA) has gone 6-1 with a 1.30 ERA, a 0.75 WHIP and a 77/10 K/BB in 69 innings over his last nine starts. He's tied with Masahiro Tanaka for the lowest ERA in the AL.
Taijuan Walker, SP6/29/2014 9:29:00 AM
Description: Seattle right-hander Taijuan Walker (shoulder) is expected to start on Monday versus Houston.
Insight: Fantasy owners have waited a long time for Walker to be fully healthy and the time is now. Facing the Astros, who rank 26th in scoring at just 3.73 rpg, is one of the better ways to return to the hill. Make sure he's activated and in Monday's starting lineup.
Robinson Cano, 2BHot6/25/2014 10:52:00 AM
Description: Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano has a .375 average, four doubles and a homer in 32 at-bats against Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz.
Insight: Buchholz has a 7.02 ERA and a 1.98 WHIP in 50 innings this season and is making his first start since May 26 after spending a month on the DL with a hyperextended knee. Cano (.329, 4 HR, 43 RBI) should have a nice day Wednesday.
Kyle Seager, 3BCold6/25/2014 10:09:00 AM
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager tormented the Red Sox with a double, a homer and four RBI Tuesday night to lead Seattle to its fifth straight win.
Insight: Seager hit just .156 with zero homers in his first 19 games of the year, but he's batted .291 with 11 home runs, 51 RBI and an .897 OPS in 56 games since then. Due to the early cold streak, Seager is still hitting .260 with an .804 OPS, so he can likely be had in a trade for less than he's actually worth.
Logan Morrison, 1B6/24/2014 9:55:00 AM
Description: Mariners first baseman Logan Morrison went 4-for-4 with two homers, four RBI, a walk and three runs Monday against the Red Sox.
Insight: He raised his average 51 points because he only has 65 at-bats this season, but he's still hitting a paltry .215.
Roenis Elias, SP6/22/2014 5:34:00 PM
Description: Seattle left-hander Roenis Elias gave up one run on five hits over 6 2/3 innings in a win over the Royals Sunday afternoon.
Insight: Elias has allowed two runs on eight hits in 13 2/3 innings his last two starts after giving up 10 runs on 11 hits in 11 innings his previous two. Armed with one of the best curveballs in the majors, the rookie has gone 7-5 with a 3.74 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP this season.
Chris Young, SP6/21/2014 8:43:00 PM
Description: Seattle right-hander Chris Young pitched well in a no-decision Saturday against Kansas City.
Insight: He held the Royals to three hits and one run in seven innings. Opponents are now hitting just .214 against Young (6-4, 3.23 ERA) this season. That's third-best in the American League.
Mike Zunino, C6/21/2014 12:17:00 PM
Description: Mariners catcher Mike Zunino is not in Saturday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: Zunino isn't producing much for fantasy owners, batting .220, but he does have eight homers and 23 RBI. John Buck will get the start behind the plate and is equally mediocre.
Kyle Seager, 3BCold6/21/2014 10:12:00 AM
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager is just 1-for-10 against Royals starter Jason Vargas.
Insight: Seager is hitting a very productive .249 with 10 homers and 47 RBI, but he's not been very good on the road (.197) or against left-handers (.229). Today he's facing a lefty in Kansas City and should be avoided.
Robinson Cano, 2BHot6/21/2014 10:10:00 AM
Description: Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano is a career .435 hitter (10-for-35) against Saturday's starter Jason Vargas.
Insight: Cano won his favorable matchup on Friday night, going 2-for-3. It was his third consecutive multi-hit game and extended his hitting streak to six games.
Kyle Seager, 3B6/20/2014 10:03:00 AM
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager has only faced James "Big game" Shields eight times, but he has knocked out five hits including two home runs.
Insight: Seager is hitting a very productive .253 with 10 homers and 47 RBI. He's been particularly effective at home (.311, 9 HR, 30 RBI, .994 OPS).
Robinson Cano, 2B6/20/2014 10:01:00 AM
Description: Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano and pitcher James Shields have a long history against one another with Cano winning a lot of the battles.
Insight: Cano is 32-for-81 (.395) with four homers and 13 RBI in their matchups. He isn't hitting many home runs in Seattle (four), but he's still hitting for a high average .333 with 40 RBI.
Roenis Elias, SP6/17/2014 9:31:00 PM
Description: Seattle left-hander Roenis Elias pitched well in Tuesday's victory over the Padres.
Insight: He went seven innings, allowing just three hits and one earned run. Elias (6-5, 3.91 ERA) was pretty bad in his last outing (6 ER in just 3 1/3 innings) so it's good to see him get back on track.
James Jones, CFHot6/17/2014 9:25:00 PM
Description: James Jones paced the Mariners with three hits Tuesday against the Padres.
Insight: He also added his 11th steal of the season. Jones has gone 7-for-18 over his last four games to raise his average from .278 to .291.
Jesus Montero, DH6/17/2014 1:35:00 PM
Description: Mariners C/1B Jesus Montero will start for a third consecutive day, but will do it as a first baseman for the first time in his career on Tuesday.
Insight: Once an elite prospect, Montero has done nothing but disappoint fantasy owners at the big league level. He's produced a hit in both games since being called up from Tacoma.
Stefen Romero, RF6/17/2014 1:32:00 PM
Description: Seattle outfielder Stefen Romero will bat second on Tuesday against Eric Stults and the Padres. Dustin Ackley (3-for-18 last six games) will sit.
Insight: Romero has done little in his first season in the bigs, batting just .195 with three homers and 11 RBI. He's been particularly weak at home, batting .160 with a .450 OPS in front of the hometown fans.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP6/16/2014 8:29:00 PM
Description: Seattle ace Hisashi Iwakuma is battling neck stiffness. SOURCE: Bob Dutton, Tacoma News Tribune
Insight: Iwakuma (5-3, 2.59 ERA) looked fine yesterday in a win over Texas so fantasy owners shouldn't be overly concerned. His next outing is scheduled for Friday versus Kansas City.
Logan Morrison, 1B6/16/2014 6:57:00 PM
Description: Mariners first baseman Logan Morrison is back in the lineup after cutting his forehead Sunday against Texas. SOURCE: Greg Johns, MLB.com
Insight: Morrison (.135, 1 HR, 2 RBI) broke his bat in anger and a piece came back and hit him in the head. It's an embarrassing moment but fortunately it won't cost Morrison any playing time. He's been filling in at first base for the injured Justin Smoak.
Kyle Seager, 3B6/15/2014 7:35:00 PM
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager had an unbelievable night Sunday against Texas.
Insight: He went 4-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI. Seager (.259, 9 HR, 42 RBI) is now on pace for 99 RBI, which would be a career-high. Fantasy owners should be starting him on a nightly basis.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP6/15/2014 7:30:00 PM
Description: Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma won for the fifth time Sunday against Texas.
Insight: Iwakuma (5-3, 2.59 ERA) manhandled the Rangers, limiting them to just six hits and one run over eight innings. The always accurate Iwakuma has allowed only six free passes in nine starts.
Michael Saunders, RF6/12/2014 8:14:00 PM
Description: The Mariners have put right fielder Michael Saunders on the 15-day DL. SOURCE: Shannon Drayer, ESPN Seattle
Insight: He's out with a shoulder injury. Jesus Montero has been called up from Triple-A Tacoma to take Saunders' place on the active roster. We're hearing Saunders (.272, 4 HR, 25 RBI) could resume baseball activities later this week so his DL stint shouldn't require more than the minimum 15 days.
Jesus Montero, DH6/12/2014 12:56:00 PM
Description: Mariners C/DH Jesus Montero was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma. Source: Bob Dutton, Tacoma News Tribune.
Insight: Once an elite prospect, Montero has done nothing but disappoint fantasy owners at the big league level. Still, he was hitting .270/.345/.455 with an .800 OPS in 59 games in the minors before getting the call. During that time, he hit eight home runs, 15 doubles and knocked in 40. If you're struggling at catcher, he could be worth a flyer.
Logan Morrison, 1B6/11/2014 6:57:00 PM
Description: Seattle has activated first baseman Logan Morrison from the 15-day DL.
Insight: He's taking over Justin Smoak's roster spot. Morrison (.150, 0 HR, 0 RBI) missed a little over a month with a strained hamstring.
Justin Smoak, 1B6/11/2014 6:52:00 PM
Description: The Mainers have placed first baseman Justin Smoak on the 15-day disabled list with an injured quad.
Insight: Smoak hasn't seen an at bat since Friday. The 27-year-old owns a pitiful .208 batting average in 216 trips to the plate this season.
James Paxton, SP6/10/2014 7:36:00 PM
Description: Mariners left-hander James Paxton (shoulder) has been playing catch, but manager Lloyd McClendon says he won't be throwing off a mound "anytime soon." SOURCE: Bob Dutton, Tacoma News Tribune
Insight: Paxton went on the DL with a strained lat on April 9th and began experiencing shoulder inflammation near the end of May. We may not see the young left-hander until after the All-Star break.
Michael Saunders, RF6/10/2014 5:44:00 PM
Description: Mariners right fielder Michael Saunders (shoulder) is in the lineup Tuesday, according to Greg Johns of mlb.com.
Insight: Saunders missed the last three games with a sore right shoulder. He's batted .356 with three homers and 18 RBI in his last 17 games.
Justin Smoak, 1BCold6/10/2014 5:43:00 PM
Description: Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak (quad) is out again Tuesday.
Insight: He hasn't been in the lineup in five of the past six games due to a sore quad. Smoak started the season decently, but his production seems to be dropping with each passing month. He has never produced more than 20 HR or 55 RBI in a season so his fantasy value is limited to a few favorable matchups.
Taijuan Walker, SP6/10/2014 5:19:00 PM
Description: Seattle right-hander Taijuan Walker (shoulder) has been activated from the disabled list and optioned to Triple-A.
Insight: Walker made three rehab starts with Triple-A Tacoma and is fully healthy after dealing with a shoulder injury since spring training but the Mariners must think he isn't ready to join the rotation yet. He should be called up soon.
James Jones, CF6/9/2014 9:27:00 PM
Description: Mariners center fielder James Jones has gone 5-for-9 with a triple and two RBI in his last two games.
Insight: Jones raised his average from .269 to .291 in the process. He's scored 19 runs and swiped seven bases in 36 games since he was called up to take over the starting center-field job, but he has just five RBI in that span.
Justin Smoak, 1BCold6/9/2014 12:05:00 PM
Description: Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak will miss another game due to a quad injury.
Insight: He's missed four of the past five games. Smoak started the season decently, but his production seems to be dropping with each passing month. He has never produced more than 20 HR or 55 RBI in a season so his fantasy value is limited to a few favorable matchups.
Felix Hernandez, SPHot6/8/2014 4:54:00 PM
Description: Seattle right-hander Felix Hernandez boosted his Cy Young candidacy with a strong showing Sunday against the Rays.
Insight: Hernandez (8-1, 2.39 ERA) fanned a career-high 15 hitters over seven shutout innings. The Mariners didn't score until the ninth, leaving Hernandez with a no-decision. He's now the league-leader in strikeouts with 106 K's in 98 innings pitched.
Michael Saunders, RF6/7/2014 12:37:00 PM
Description: Mariners right fielder Michael Saunders exited Friday's game with a sore left shoulder and is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: He came out in the fourth inning after going hitless in his first two at bats. Cole Gillespie (.333, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 6 runs in 20 games) will get a start in right field.
Justin Smoak, 1BCold6/7/2014 12:35:00 PM
Description: Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak is 0-for-8 with five strikeouts against Rays starter Alex Cobb.
Insight: Smoak started the season decently, but his production seems to be dropping with each passing month. He has never produced more than 20 HR or 55 RBI in a season so his fantasy value is limited to a few favorable matchups. This isn't one of them. Update: Smoak is not in the starting lineup.
Justin Smoak, 1BCold6/7/2014 9:55:00 AM
Description: Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak is 0-for-8 with five strikeouts against Rays starter Alex Cobb.
Insight: Smoak started the season decently, but his production seems to be dropping with each passing month. He has never produced more than 20 HR or 55 RBI in a season so his fantasy value is limited to a few favorable matchups. This isn't one of them.
Robinson Cano, 2B6/7/2014 9:53:00 AM
Description: Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano is a career .333 with three homers and six RBI against Rays right-hander Alex Cobb.
Insight: Cano is leading the AL in batting (.333), though his power numbers are down with just two homers and an .802 OPS. Such is life away from Yankee Stadium's short right field porch.
Michael Saunders, RF6/6/2014 9:08:00 PM
Description: Mariners right fielder Michael Saunders exited Friday's game with a sore left shoulder. SOURCE: Bob Dutton, Tacoma News Tribune
Insight: He came out in the fourth inning after going hitless in his first two at bats. Cole Gillespie (.343, 0 HR, 2 RBI) is now playing right field with Dustin Ackley (.237, 4 HR, 20 RBI) taking over in left.
Logan Morrison, 1B6/6/2014 11:42:00 AM
Description: Mariners outfielder Logan Morrison continues to rehab his strained right hamstring at Triple-A Tacoma and has played 12 games for the Rainiers.
Insight: Morrison was 3-for-20 before getting hurt in Texas on April 14 but has done a decent job in Tacoma. He's batting .273/.360/.432 with two homers and five runs batted in. Keep an eye out for when he returns as the Mariners' outfield situation seems to be in a constant state of flux.
Taijuan Walker, SP6/4/2014 5:51:00 PM
Description: Seattle right-hander Taijuan Walker (shoulder) walked four batters over two innings in his rehab start Tuesday night and won't return to the Mariners' rotation yet.
Insight: Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said Walker will make at least one more rehab start, "if not more." It's disappointing news for fantasy owners who expected Tuesday's outing to be Walker's final rehab outing, but at least his shoulder is healthy.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP6/4/2014 4:29:00 PM
Description: Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma held the Braves scoreless in seven innings Wednesday at Turner Field.
Insight: This was a much better outing than Iwakuma's previous start against Detroit (6 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 2 BB). Iwakuma's next start is scheduled for Tuesday against the Yankees. He'll be going up against fellow Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (8-1, 2.06 ERA) in that game.
Robinson Cano, 2B6/3/2014 10:39:00 PM
Description: Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano collected three hits Tuesday in a win against Atlanta.
Insight: Cano may have a new address but he's still the same hitter he was in New York. And by that we mean he's one of the best in baseball. Among AL batters, Cano's .333 average this season is second only to Victor Martinez (.338).
John Buck, C6/3/2014 10:33:00 PM
Description: Seattle catcher John Buck shredded the Braves for three hits Tuesday at Turner Field.
Insight: One of the hits resulted in his first home run of the season. Buck doesn't get much playing time (only 45 at bats this year) but when he does play, he can be very effective.
Nick Franklin, SS6/3/2014 5:23:00 PM
Description: The Mariners have sent middle infielder Nick Franklin back to Triple-A.
Insight: Franklin earned the promotion by swinging a red-hot stick at Triple-A, but he went 4-for-31 with 15 Ks after the callup. Mariners shortstops have hit .174 this season, easily the worst average in baseball.
Erasmo Ramirez, SPCold6/3/2014 11:10:00 AM
Description: The Mariners haved recalled right-hander Erasmo Ramirez and he's expected to start tonight against Atlanta at Turner Field.
Insight: Ramirez was shaky at best in six starts earlier this season, posting a 6.00 ERA, a 1.50 WHIP and a 24/12 K/BB in 30 innings, while allowing seven home runs. Though he's not a great bet against the Braves, the 24-year-old still possesses fantasy upside if he can figure things out.
Kyle Seager, 3B6/3/2014 10:06:00 AM
Description: Seattle third baseman Kyle Seager smashed four hits in Monday night's win against the Yankees, including three extra-base knocks, but he's 0-for-7 against Tuesday's starter Gavin Floyd.
Insight: His batting average has risen 25 points in the last five games. Seager (.272, 9 HR, 36 RBI) is really hitting his stride right now, but this is not a great matchup.
Kyle Seager, 3BHot6/2/2014 10:21:00 PM
Description: Seattle third baseman Kyle Seager smashed four hits in Monday night's win against the Yankees.
Insight: His batting average has risen 25 points in the last five games. Seager (.272, 9 HR, 36 RBI) is really hitting his stride right now and needs to be in all lineups going forward.
James Jones, RF6/2/2014 3:30:00 PM
Description: Although Seattle outfielder James Jones was forced from Sunday's game by a minor leg injury, he's back in Monday's starting lineup.
Insight: Jones is hitting .293 with 16 runs scored and an .735 OPS in his first 28 games. After a brief slump, Jones batted .318 over the past week and is a viable fantasy option.
Robinson Cano, 2B6/2/2014 3:16:00 PM
Description: Seattle second baseman Robinson Cano is expected back in the lineup on Monday night against his former team, the Yankees.
Insight: Cano (.327, 2 HR, 31 RBI) missed four games with a bruised hand. Though we haven't seen much power from Cano this season, the five-time All-Star is still swinging a hot bat.
Roenis Elias, SP6/1/2014 7:50:00 PM
Description: Mariners lefty Roenis Elias was sensational Sunday in a shutout win over the Tigers.
Insight: He struck out eight hitters while allowing just three hits and one walk. The Seattle rookie has been impressive this season, winning four of his first 12 starts with a 3.53 ERA. He'll go for Win No. 5 next time out against the Rays.
Robinson Cano, 2B6/1/2014 12:58:00 PM
Description: Seattle second baseman Robinson Cano will miss his fourth straight game Sunday, according to Shannon Drayer of 710 AM ESPN Seattle.
Insight: Cano (.327, 2 HR, 31 RBI) bruised his hand earlier this week. This is the first time he's missed more than three games in a season since 2006.
Chris Young, SPHot6/1/2014 9:33:00 AM
Description: Mariners starter Chris Young limited the Tigers to two runs on three hits in six inning Saturday night to win his fifth start of the season.
Insight: The 6-foot-10 right-hander's fielding-independent numbers are terrible (30/25 K/BB, 1.42 HR/9), but he has a 3.27 ERA due to a .188 BABIP. He may come crashing down at some point, but he should be owned in all AL-only leagues at the very least until that happens.
Robinson Cano, 2B5/31/2014 4:21:00 PM
Description: Seattle second baseman Robinson Cano will miss another game Saturday against Detroit. SOURCE: Ryan Divish, Seattle Times
Insight: Cano (.327, 2 HR, 31 RBI) bruised his hand earlier this week and has now missed three straight games. Veteran Willie Bloomquist (.192, 1 HR, 5 RBI) will start in his place.
Robinson Cano, 2B5/30/2014 9:17:00 PM
Description: Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano is dealing with a bruise between the thumb and forefinger on his left hand, according to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune.
Insight: Cano had played every game for the Mariners this season before getting scratched Thursday. The Mariners said that he "isn't feeling well," which made it sound like he's dealing with an illness, but apparently the hand injury is what's keeping him out.
Robinson Cano, 2B5/30/2014 5:23:00 PM
Description: Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (illness) is out of the lineup again Friday, according to Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times.
Insight: Cano had played every game for the Mariners this season before getting scratched Thursday. He's played at least 159 games in every year since 2007.
Justin Smoak, 1B5/30/2014 10:13:00 AM
Description: Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak is 4-for-10 with a pair of homers against Detroit ace Justin Verlander.
Insight: The down side is he struck out the other six times. Smoak has never produced more than 20 HR or 55 RBI in a season so his fantasy value is limited to a few favorable matchups.
Robinson Cano, 2B5/29/2014 8:07:00 PM
Description: M's second baseman Robinson Cano won't be available Thursday against the Angels. SOURCE: Bob Dutton, Tacoma News Tribune
Insight: He's been scratched because of an illness. Nick Franklin (.167, 0 HR, 2 RBI) will take Cano's place at second base.
Kendrys Morales, DH5/29/2014 7:40:00 PM
Description: Free agent DH/1B Kendrys Morales could be a possibility for the Yankees now that Mark Teixeira is dealing with a wrist injury. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: Teams are waiting until after the draft to sign Morales (.277, 23 HR, 80 RBI in 2013) so they won't have to give up a draft pick. Morales owns a .232 average in 56 lifetime at bats at Yankee Stadium.
Kyle Seager, 3B5/28/2014 10:44:00 AM
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager has hit just .227 with a .610 OPS against left-handers this season and will face Angels LHP C.J. Wilson Wednesday.
Insight: Seager is 3-for-26 (.115) with 13 Ks against Wilson. He has hit .306 with six homers, 27 RBI and a .926 OPS in his last 29 games after starting out with a .156 average and a .499 OPS in his first 19, but he's unlikely to help fantasy owners Wednesday.
James Paxton, SP5/27/2014 10:24:00 PM
Description: Mariners left-hander James Paxton will be shut down for at least 5-7 days due to shoulder inflammation, according to Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times.
Insight: Paxton, who went on the DL with a strained lat on April 9th, was hoping to join Seattle's rotation next week, but he suffered the setback during his last rehab start. The Mariners expected to go into the 2014 season with prospects Taijuan Walker and Paxton behind Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma, but Walker and Paxton have made a combined two starts.
James Paxton, SP5/27/2014 6:58:00 PM
Description: Mariners left-hander James Paxton felt tightness in his triceps after his last rehab start and will be examined by a doctor on Tuesday, according to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune.
Insight: Paxton, who went on the DL with a strained lat on April 9th, was hoping to join Seattle's rotation next week, but this will set him back. The Mariners expected to go into the 2014 season with prospects Taijuan Walker and Paxton behind Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma, but Walker, Paxton and Iwakuma have made a combined seven starts.
Chris Young, SP5/26/2014 7:15:00 PM
Description: Mariners starter Chris Young is 4-2 with a 3.30 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP this season.
Insight: He won against the Angels Monday after allowing one run on two hits in 6 1/3 innings. The 6-foot-10 right-hander's fielding-independent numbers are terrible (24/23 K/BB, 1.41 HR/9 in 57 1/3 IP, 5.51 FIP) so he's unlikely to keep this up.
Robinson Cano, 2BHot5/26/2014 7:13:00 PM
Description: Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano went 3-for-4 with two RBI Monday against the Angels.
Insight: Of course, all three hits were singles. Cano has just 14 extra-base hits 215 plate appearances this season, an XBH% of 6.5. He had an extra-base hit in 10.5 percent of his plate appearances over his first nine seasons.
Robinson Cano, 2BHot5/21/2014 6:23:00 PM
Description: Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano hit his second homer of the season Wednesday at Texas.
Insight: Cano has been killing it for the past month, but the power has been missing. He's gone 41-for-111 (.369) with nine doubles, a triple, one home run and 19 RBI in his last 27 games and is hitting .326 this season.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SPHot5/20/2014 11:00:00 PM
Description: Seattle right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma fired eight innings for the third straight start Tuesday against the Rangers.
Insight: Iwakuma threw 99 pitches Tuesday and still hasn't thrown 100 this season. The right-hander is 3-0 with a 1.76 ERA and a 0.72 WHIP in 30 2/3 innings. He missed April while rehabbing a strained tendon in his middle finger.
Taijuan Walker, SP5/20/2014 5:17:00 PM
Description: Seattle right-hander Taijuan Walker (shoulder) threw a simulated game Tuesday and didn't have any issues, according to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune.
Insight: Walker has been dealing with shoulder soreness since spring training and suffered a setback on April 15. He'll throw another simulated game in a few days and should be back with the M's in a few weeks.
Corey Hart, DH5/20/2014 4:58:00 PM
Description: Seattle DH Corey Hart (strained left hamstring) will miss 4-6 weeks with his injury. SOURCE: Greg Johns, mlb.com.
Insight: Hart left Sunday's game after he suffered the injury on a steal of second base in the fourth inning. He's done very little to excite fantasy owners this season, batting just .209 with five homers and a .647 OPS. With Hart out, Nick Franklin should get a chance to start most days in a utility role after hitting .376 with seven homers, 26 RBI, six steals and a 1.114 OPS at Triple-A.
James Jones, RFHot5/20/2014 3:05:00 PM
Description: Twenty-five year-old outfielder James Jones has given the Mariners a shot of life at the top of the order since arriving from Tacomna of the PCL.
Insight: Jones, batting leadoff, is hitting .326 with nine runs scored and an .861 OPS in just 43 at-bats. Its a continuation of his solid play at Tacoma (.313, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 15 runs, 5 SB, ..832 OPS).
Corey Hart, DH5/20/2014 2:43:00 PM
Description: Seattle DH Corey Hart (strained left hamstring) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 19.
Insight: Hart left Sunday's game after he suffered the injury on a steal of second base in the fourth inning. He's done very little to excite fantasy owners this season, batting just .209 with five homers and a .647 OPS.
Corey Hart, DH5/20/2014 10:44:00 AM
Description: Seattle DH Corey Hart (strained left hamstring) might as well take Tuesday off as he's never hit Rangers starter Colby Lewis.
Insight: Hart is hitless in 10 at-bats against Lewis with five strikeouts. He left Sunday's game after he suffered the injury on a steal of second base in the fourth inning.
Justin Smoak, 1B5/20/2014 10:42:00 AM
Description: Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak is 6-for-11 (.545) against Texas starter Colby Lewis.
Insight: Smoak has never blossomed into the big time hitter he was expected when he came up in the Rangers organization. He's never produced more than 20 HR or 55 RBI in a season.
Robinson Cano, 2BHot5/18/2014 6:17:00 PM
Description: M's second baseman Robinson Cano (4-for-5) went on a hitting spree Sunday against the Twins.
Insight: Cano's slow start is now a distant memory. He's gone 14-for-31 (.452) with four extra base hits over his last eight outings. We're still waiting for the power to come back (just one HR in 170 at bats this season) but it's tough to complain when Cano is third among major league second basemen in both batting average (.318) and RBI (24).
Corey Hart, DH5/18/2014 4:26:00 PM
Description: Seattle DH Corey Hart has been diagnosed with a strained left hamstring, according to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune.
Insight: Hart left Sunday's game after he suffered the injury on a steal of second base in the fourth inning. He'll be reevaluated Monday.
Corey Hart, DH5/18/2014 3:29:00 PM
Description: Seattle DH Corey Hart came up limping after stealing second base during Sunday's game and had to exit, according to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune.
Insight: Hart may have injured his hamstring. We should have more information soon.
Taijuan Walker, SP5/17/2014 4:50:00 PM
Description: Seattle right-hander Taijuan Walker (shoulder) threw 55 pitches in a bullpen session Sunday and said it went well, according to Greg Johns of mlb.com.
Insight: Walker has been dealing with shoulder soreness since spring training and was scratched from what was supposed to be his final rehab start on April 15 due to renewed discomfort. He'll throw a simulated game Tuesday.
Fernando Rodney, RP5/14/2014 9:18:00 PM
Description: Mariners closer Fernando Rodney has 11 saves in 13 chances and a 3.31 ERA this season, but he has allowed 19 hits and nine walks in 16 1/3 innings (1.71 WHIP).
Insight: Walks are nothing new for Rodney, but it's a little worrisome that he's allowed so much hard contact (28.6 percent line-drive rate).
Hisashi Iwakuma, SPHot5/14/2014 9:41:00 AM
Description: Seattle right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma went eight innings without allowing a run Tuesday against Tampa Bay.
Insight: Somehow, the Mariners still found a way to lose 2-1 after Fernando Rodney blew his second save of the season. Iwakuma's scoreless streak is at 16 innings.
Dustin Ackley, LFHot5/11/2014 7:41:00 PM
Description: Seattle left fielder Dustin Ackley stroked two homers in Sunday's loss to Kansas City.
Insight: Three of his four jacks this season have come in the last two games. Despite a mediocre .264 batting average, Ackley remains an interesting fantasy option because he still has second base eligibility.
Kyle Seager, 3B5/11/2014 10:16:00 AM
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager (flu) is questionable for Sunday's game against Kansas City.
Insight: Seager was scratched from Friday and Saturday's lineup due to illness. He has batted .340 with five homers, 17 RBI and a 1.134 OPS in his last 14 games after starting off the season 10-for-64 (.156) with zero homers.
Taijuan Walker, SP5/10/2014 9:43:00 PM
Description: Seattle starter Taijuan Walker (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session Sunday, according to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune.
Insight: Walker was scratched from what was supposed to be his final rehab start on April 15 due to renewed shoulder stiffness and hasn't stepped back on a mound yet. He'll probably need a couple of successful bullpen sessions before he goes back on a rehab assignment.
Kyle Seager, 3B5/10/2014 5:35:00 PM
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager (flu) is not in the lineup Saturday, according to Greg Johns of mlb.com.
Insight: Seager was scratched from Friday's lineup due to an illness and he's not ready to return. He has batted .340 with five homers, 17 RBI and a 1.134 OPS in his last 14 games after starting off the season 10-for-64 (.156) with zero homers.
Kyle Seager, 3B5/9/2014 9:01:00 PM
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager was scratched from Friday's lineup due to flu-like symptoms, according to Greg Johns of mlb.com. The bug has been going around Seattle's locker room and afflicted Mike Zunino and Felix Hernandez in the past week.
Insight: Seager has batted .340 with five homers, 17 RBI and a 1.134 OPS in his last 14 games after starting off the season 10-for-64 (.156) with zero homers. Willie Bloomquist took his place in the lineup Friday.
Robinson Cano, 2B5/9/2014 12:25:00 PM
Description: Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano must be thrilled to be facing Royals left-hander Jason Vargas on Friday.
Insight: Usually left-handed hitters have a tough time batting against southpaws but that hasn't been the case for Cano in this matchup (.450 AVG in 20 at bats). Cano has had a quiet season by his standards (.289, 1 HR, 19 RBI) but he's still a must-start in all fantasy leagues.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP5/9/2014 9:47:00 AM
Description: M's ace Hisashi Iwakuma (8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 7 K's, 0 BB) was dominant Thursday in a win against Kansas City.
Insight: It's been business as usual for Iwakuma (2-0, 2.45 ERA) in his first two starts of 2014. Over that span, he's allowed just ten hits and four earned runs in 14 2/3 innings. His strikeout to walk ratio is ten to one during that stretch. Make sure he's in your fantasy lineup Tuesday versus Tampa Bay.
Nick Franklin, 2B5/8/2014 2:40:00 PM
Description: Nick Franklin has batted .369 with six homers and a 1.079 OPS in 21 games for Triple-A Tacoma this season.
Insight: Brad Miller won the starting shortstop job with a hot spring but has hit .178 with 31 strikeouts and a .534 OPS in 29 games this season. Franklin, a former first-round pick, started off well as a rookie last year but struggled in his last couple of months. We may see Franklin get a shot at the starting job if Miller doesn't turn things around soon.
Kendrys Morales, DH5/2/2014 8:05:00 PM
Description: The Orioles could still make a run at free agent DH/1B Kendrys Morales. SOURCE: Jon Heyman, CBS Sports
Insight: It would make sense, especially now that Chris Davis is out with a strained oblique. Teams have been hesitant to surrender a draft pick for Morales but the Orioles aren't worried about that after already giving up picks for Nelson Cruz and Ubaldo Jimenez. Morales hit .277 last season with 23 HR in 156 games for the Mariners.
Roenis Elias, SP5/1/2014 10:38:00 PM
Description: Seattle starter Roenis Elias had ten punchouts in Thursday night's win over the Yankees.
Insight: That's a career-high for the 25-year-old left-hander. With the win, Elias (3.09 ERA) moves to 2-2 on the season. His next appearance will come Tuesday versus Oakland.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP5/1/2014 4:06:00 PM
Description: According to Greg Johns of mlb.com, Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) will start Saturday against Houston.
Insight: That's a great team for him to return against and fantasy owners should make sure he's in their lineup. Iwakuma owns a 1.38 ERA in four starts against the Astros. He was diagnosed with a strained tendon in his right middle finger on Feb. 12.
Kyle Seager, 3B5/1/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager is just 2-for-13 (.154) versus Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda.
Insight: Seager has been on fire the past two weeks, batting .353 with five homers, to help make up for a slow first two weeks. He should probably not be started by fantasy owners on Thursday.
Roenis Elias, SP4/30/2014 5:47:00 PM
Description: The Mariners will push starter Roenis Elias back to Thursday following Wednesday's rainout.
Insight: The Yankees skipped David Phelps and will start Hiroki Kuroda Thursday, but the M's won't do the same with Elias, who is 1-2 with a 3.54 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP this season. Felix Hernandez will start Friday at Houston instead of Thursday.
Mike Zunino, C4/30/2014 9:57:00 AM
Description: M's catcher Mike Zunino belted four hits in Tuesday's win against the Yankees.
Insight: It's his first career four-hit game. Zunino's first month of the season has been a bit of a mixed bag. He's hitting a respectable .274 with 11 RBI but his strikeout rate is still way too high (22 K's in 73 at bats). Catcher isn't a deep position but fantasy owners can do better.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP4/29/2014 9:50:00 PM
Description: According to mlb.com, Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Tuesday that Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) will "pitch somewhere Friday" but that he's "not sure where yet."
Insight: Iwakuma, who was diagnosed with a strained tendon in his right middle finger on Feb. 12, was expected to rejoin the M's rotation on Friday and he probably still will, but the team hasn't made it official yet.
Kyle Seager, 3BHot4/27/2014 7:57:00 PM
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager went 2-for-4 with two homers and four RBI Sunday against the Rangers.
Insight: An 8-for-15 stretch with five home runs and 11 RBI has Seager's average up to .228 and his OPS up to .798. They were .156 and .499, respectively, just five days ago.
Dustin Ackley, LFCold4/27/2014 1:41:00 PM
Description: Mariners left fielder Dustin Ackley will sit again Sunday against Texas.
Insight: Ackley's bat has fallen on hard times. He's in the midst of an 0-for-18 slump and nothing seems to be working. Cole Gillespie (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI) will give left field a try on Sunday.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP4/27/2014 1:10:00 PM
Description: The plan is for M's starter Hisashi Iwakuma to make his season debut Friday against Houston. SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune
Insight: As long as he doesn't suffer a setback in today's rehab start for Triple-A Tacoma, Iwakuma should be good to go. Iwakuma's 2.66 ERA was the seventh-lowest in MLB last season.
Kyle Seager, 3B4/27/2014 11:34:00 AM
Description: Seattle third baseman Kyle Seager has been dreadful against Texas starter Matt Harrison (.158 AVG in 19 at bats).
Insight: Of course, Harrison hasn't started a big league game in over a year and it wouldn't surprise anyone if he's a bit rusty. With that said, Seager is off to a dismal start, hitting .213 with 19 strikeouts in his first 22 games. Given Seager's recent struggles and this poor matchup, the choice for fantasy owners should be easy.
Dustin Ackley, LFCold4/25/2014 6:07:00 PM
Description: Seattle left fielder Dustin Ackley is out of the starting lineup Friday against the Rangers.
Insight: Cole Gillespie will get the start in left field. Ackley has gone 0-for-13 with seven Ks over his last four games.
Brad Miller, SSCold4/25/2014 6:05:00 PM
Description: Mariners shortstop Brad Miller is not in the starting lineup Friday against the Rangers. Willie Bloomquist will get the start.
Insight: A tremendous spring and a hot start to the regular season has turned into a .183 average and a .562 OPS pretty fast for the 24-year-old Miller. He has gone 1-for-18 over his last six games and has a 26/2 K/BB this season.
Erasmo Ramirez, SPCold4/24/2014 5:21:00 PM
Description: The Mariners have sent Erasmo Ramirez to High-A High Desert to work out his issues.
Insight: Ramirez had a 6.75 ERA, a 1.58 WHIP and a 20/11 K/BB in his first 24 innings this season. Brandon Maurer will start in his place on Sunday and then Hisashi Iwakuma is expected to take the spot when he returns from the DL.
Kyle Seager, 3B4/23/2014 6:46:00 PM
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager hit two homers, including a walk-off three-run shot, Wednesday afternoon against the Astros.
Insight: Seager drove in all five runs for Seattle to help end an eight-game losing streak. The third baseman came into Wednesday's game with zero homers and two RBI all season.
Taijuan Walker, SP4/23/2014 5:12:00 PM
Description: Seattle starting pitcher Taijuan Walker (shoulder) will play catch on Monday, according to Greg Johns of mlb.com.
Insight: Walker was scratched from what was supposed to be his final rehab start due to a setback with his sore shoulder, so he's basically back to step one in the rehab process.
Erasmo Ramirez, SPCold4/23/2014 4:01:00 PM
Description: M's right-hander Erasmo Ramirez may be close to losing his place in the starting rotation. SOURCE: Greg Johns, MLB.com
Insight: The right-hander has had a difficult time throwing strikes (1.82 K to BB ratio) and has given up way too many home runs (six in his last five starts). With Hisashi Iwakuma close to returning from a finger injury, it looks like Ramirez will be the odd man out in Seattle's rotation.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP4/22/2014 7:06:00 PM
Description: Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) threw 58 pitches in a simulated game Tuesday and said he feels "pretty close" to returning. SOURCE: Bob Dutton, Tacoma News Tribune
Insight: Iwakuma was expected to begin his rehab assignment today but the team moved him to a simulated game due to inclement weather in Tacoma. The plan is to have Iwakuma throw roughly 75 pitches Sunday for Triple-A Tacoma at Las Vegas. If all goes well there, he could rejoin the Mariners.
James Paxton, SP4/21/2014 9:11:00 PM
Description: Mariners left-hander James Paxton is a long way off from returning. SOURCE: Todd Dybas, Tacoma News Tribune
Insight: Paxton, who was sent to the DL with a strained lat on April 9th, will need at least 6-to-8 weeks to recover. If that timetable holds true, we might not see Paxton (2-0, 2.25 ERA) again until June.
Brad Miller, SSCold4/20/2014 11:38:00 AM
Description: Mariners shortstop Brad Miller is not starting Sunday at Miami.
Insight: A tremendous spring and a hot start to the regular season has turned into a .194 average and a .598 OPS pretty fast for the 24-year-old Miller. He has gone 9-for-57 (.158) with 16 Ks in his last 14 games. Nick Franklin will start in his place Sunday.
Kyle Seager, 3BCold4/20/2014 11:37:00 AM
Description: Mariner third baseman Kyle Seager is not in the starting lineup Sunday.
Insight: Seager is 9-for-56 (.161) with zero home runs this season and will get a day off. Willie Bloomquist is starting at the hot corner.
Robinson Cano, 2BCold4/19/2014 9:38:00 PM
Description: Seattle second baseman Robinson Cano has collected two hits in his last 21 at-bats.
Insight: One of them was his first home run of the season. He's hitting .254 after going 0-for-3 Saturday, and the M's have lost seven of their last eight games, but we aren't worried about the star second baseman.
Robinson Cano, 2B4/19/2014 10:49:00 AM
Description: Seattle second baseman Robinson Cano has a career .545 batting average with two homers against Miami right-hander Henderson Alvarez.
Insight: Cano is batting .266 this season which is below expectations after hitting over .300 for the past five years. This matchup may help, but what would really help is some better protection in the lineup.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP4/18/2014 8:13:00 PM
Description: The plan is for Seattle ace Hisashi Iwakuma to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday. SOURCE: Bob Dutton, Tacoma News Tribune
Insight: He's been out with a strained finger. We're expecting Iwakuma (14-6, 2.66 ERA in 2013) to be back in the M's rotation sometime in late April or early May.
Blake Beavan, SP4/16/2014 8:49:00 PM
Description: The Mariners have gone ahead and placed right-hander Blake Beavan on the 15-day DL.
Insight: He lasted only four innings last night against Texas because of tightness in his throwing shoulder. Beavan owns a 4.61 ERA in 54 major league appearances and has never been a fantasy option.
Taijuan Walker, SP4/16/2014 8:29:00 PM
Description: Seattle starting pitcher Taijuan Walker will be shut down for the next two weeks after feeling stiffness in his shoulder warming up before Tuesday's rehab game with Triple-A Tacoma. SOURCE: Bob Dutton, Tacoma News Tribune
Insight: That's not what the Mariners wanted to hear. Walker sported a nifty 3.60 ERA in three starts last season but has yet to pitch at the big league level in 2014.
Logan Morrison, 1B4/16/2014 3:48:00 PM
Description: The Mariners have placed 1B/OF Logan Morrison on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Morrison left Monday's game with a right hamstring strain. He's 3-for-20 this season and isn't a fantasy option. Nick Franklin was called up and could see time in the outfield.
Nick Franklin, 2B 4/16/2014 11:54:00 AM
Description: The Mariners have called up SS Nick Franklin from Triple-A Tacoma. Franklin went 17-for-43 (.395) with four homers in his first 11 games at Triple-A to earn a callup.
Insight: Brad Miller, who won the shortstop job with a hot spring, hit two homers in the second game of the year but has batted .214 with a 19/1 K/BB in 56 at-bats this season. Franklin is a former first-round pick and top prospect who started off with a .277 average and 10 HRs in his first 52 games last year but hit .167 with two homers in his final 50. He could see some outfield duty with Logan Morrison (hamstring) out, according to Jon Heyman of cbssports.com.
Justin Smoak, 1BCold4/16/2014 10:47:00 AM
Description: Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak started off 6-for-13 with two homers and seven RBI but he's gone 6-for-36 (.167) with zero homers and 11 Ks since then.
Insight: Smoak also is 2-for-16 against Texas starter Yu Darvish, who will oppose the Mariners on Wednesday night.
Dustin Ackley, LF4/16/2014 10:45:00 AM
Description: Seattle left fielder Dustin Ackley has gone 3-for-18 (.167) with five Ks against Rangers ace Yu Darvish.
Insight: Ackley was sent to the minors in May last year and revived his career after being recalled by hitting .301 with a .795 OPS in his last 61 games. He has started out by batting .295 with one homer, seven RBI and an .803 OPS in 12 games this season, but he's never had success against Darvish.
Kyle Seager, 3BCold4/16/2014 10:42:00 AM
Description: Mariner third baseman Kyle Seager has had some success against Texas starter Yu Darvish.
Insight: Seager has been a disaster so far, hitting .146 with zero homers and two RBI. He does have a .316 average, four doubles and seven RBI in 19 career at-bats against Darvish, however, so maybe he'll get it going Wednesday despite facing the tough right-hander.
Blake Beavan, SP 4/15/2014 11:03:00 PM
Description: Mariners starter Blake Beavan's arm was tight all night and manager Lloyd McClendon lifted him after four innings on Tuesday at Texas. SOURCE: Greg Johns, mlb.com
Insight: Beavan allowed two runs on six hits (two HR) in four innings in his first appearance of the season. He had a 6.13 ERA in 39 2/3 innings last season and struck out just 67 batters in 152 1/3 frames the year before, so he isn't a fantasy option.
Taijuan Walker, RP4/15/2014 8:15:00 PM
Description: Mariners RHP Taijuan Walker was scratched from his rehab start on Tuesday due to a stiffness in his shoulder, according to Greg Johns of mlb.com. He had trouble getting loose prior to the game.
Insight: Walker has been making good progress in his recovery from the shoulder discomfort he dealt with during spring training and was in line to rejoin the Mariners after Tuesday's start, but this will set him back into May if not longer.
Logan Morrison, 1B4/14/2014 9:00:00 PM
Description: Mariners 1B/OF Logan Morrison left Monday's game with a tight right hamstring, according to Greg Johns of mlb.com.
Insight: Morrison left before he even got his first at-bat and was replaced by Michael Saunders in right field. Morrison is 3-for-20 this season and isn't a fantasy option.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP4/14/2014 8:26:00 PM
Description: Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) will throw a 45-pitch simulated game Saturday, according to Greg Johns of mlb.com.
Insight: Iwakuma suffered a strained tendon in his right hand on Jan. 20 when he caught his finger in the net of a protective screen while attempting to catch a high throw. He's expected to be back in early May.
Dustin Ackley, LF4/13/2014 1:20:00 PM
Description: Seattle left fielder Dustin Ackley is not in the lineup for Sunday's series finale against Oakland. SOURCE: Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area
Insight: This will be Ackley's first absence of the season. Willie Bloomquist (.500, 0 HR, 0 RBI) will hold down the fort in left field on Sunday.
James Paxton, SP4/11/2014 8:51:00 PM
Description: Seattle starter James Paxton (lat) is unlikely to throw for at least a week, according to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune.
Insight: Paxton went 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA, a 0.67 WHIP and a 13/2 K/BB in 12 innings before suffering a strained lat. Keep him stashed, as he is one of Seattle's top prospects and will get his rotation spot back when he's healthy.
Taijuan Walker, RP4/9/2014 10:26:00 PM
Description: Mariners starter Taijuan Walker (shoulder) struck out 10 batters over five innings during his rehab start with Double-A Jackson Wednesday. SOURCE: Greg Johns, mlb.com
Insight: He threw 84 pitches, allowed three hits, walked one and gave up zero runs. Walker could be ready to return to the M's after this outing.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP4/9/2014 7:59:00 PM
Description: Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) threw his first bullpen session Wednesday, according to Greg Johns of mlb.com, and he'll throw another on Saturday.
Insight: Iwakuma suffered a strained tendon in his right hand on Jan. 20 when he caught his finger in the net of a protective screen while attempting to catch a high throw. He's expected to be back in late April or early May.
James Paxton, SP4/9/2014 10:54:00 AM
Description: Seattle starter James Paxton suffered a strained lat Tuesday in a victory over Los Angeles. SOURCE: Larry Stone, Seattle Times
Insight: Paxton surrendered four hits and three runs before exiting. He's probably headed to the disabled list. Taijuan Walker, who is close to returning from a shoulder injury, is likely to absorb Paxton's place in the starting rotation.
Corey Hart, DH4/9/2014 10:09:00 AM
Description: Seattle DH Corey Hart rewarded his fantasy owners by smacking two homers Tuesday in a win over Los Angeles.
Insight: Three of Hart's five hits this season have left the stadium. He'll be a work in progress coming back from knee surgery but it's good to see that the power is still there.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP4/6/2014 3:38:00 PM
Description: Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) will throw his first bullpen session in the middle of this week, according to Greg Johns of mlb.com.
Insight: Iwakuma suffered a strained tendon in his right hand on Jan. 20 when he caught his finger in the net of a protective screen while attempting to catch a high throw. He's expected to be back in late April or early May.
Felix Hernandez, SPHot4/5/2014 8:05:00 PM
Description: Mariners starter Felix Hernandez came close to his 10th career shutout Saturday at Oakland but he gave up a solo homer to Jed Lowrie in the ninth.
Insight: The M's removed Hernandez after that and he finished with 8 1/3 frames, eight strikeouts, one walk and six hits allowed in a 3-1 win. He has given up three earned runs and posted a 19/2 K/BB in his first 14 1/3 innings this season.
Taijuan Walker, RP4/5/2014 3:40:00 PM
Description: Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said that Taijuan Walker (shoulder) could be back in 10 days, according to Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle.
Insight: That's earlier than expected. Walker threw 72 pitches in his first rehab start Friday and should get 85-90 in his next one.
Taijuan Walker, RP4/2/2014 3:48:00 PM
Description: Mariners starter Taijuan Walker (shoulder) will make a rehab start on Friday.
Insight: Walker will likely need three starts before he's ready to return to the big club. Think the end of April for his return. He had a 2.93 ERA and 160 strikeouts in 141 1/3 innings in the minors last season and went 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA, 1.000 WHIP and 12 Ks in 15 innings in three major league starts. He's got a bright future.
Robinson Cano, 2B3/31/2014 2:53:00 PM
Description: Seattle second baseman Robinson Cano has dominated Jered Weaver throughout his career (.400 AVG in 30 at bats).
Insight: Weaver went 1-1 against the Mariners with a 3.29 ERA last season but that was while Cano was still playing for the Yankees. The Mariners don't have many other threats in their lineup so Weaver can probably afford to pitch around Cano on Monday night.
Taijuan Walker, RP3/30/2014 7:59:00 PM
Description: Mariners pitching prospect Taijuan Walker (shoulder) threw 55 pitches over four innings in a minor league game Sunday and will start for Class A-Advanced High Desert in five days. SOURCE: Greg Johns, mlb.com.
Insight: Walker arrived at camp with shoulder inflammation and will miss most of April. He had a 2.93 ERA and 160 strikeouts in 141 1/3 innings in the minors last season and is considered one of the top prospects in baseball. He'll join Seattle's rotation once he is healthy.
Corey Hart, 1B3/30/2014 7:52:00 PM
Description: Mariners 1B/OF Corey Hart won't play on Opening Day but will DH the following two games, according to Greg Johns of mlb.com.
Insight: Hart missed all of 2013 after he underwent two knee surgeries and has dealt with forearm and back soreness this spring. He averaged 141 games, .279 with 29 homers, 83 RBI, 87 runs and an .857 OPS from 2010-12, when he was with the Brewers.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP3/30/2014 7:50:00 PM
Description: Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) will progress to throwing bullpen session in about 10 days, according to Greg Johns of mlb.com.
Insight: Iwakuma suffered a strained tendon in his right hand on Jan. 20 when he caught his finger in the net of a protective screen while attempting to catch a high throw. He's expected to be back in late April or early May.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP3/28/2014 8:29:00 PM
Description: Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) has been cleared to proceed with a normal throwing program, according to Greg Johns of mlb.com.
Insight: Iwakuma suffered a strained tendon in his right hand on Jan. 20 when he caught his finger in the net of a protective screen while attempting to catch a high throw. He's expected to be back in late April or early May.
Corey Hart, 1B3/28/2014 6:25:00 PM
Description: Mariners 1B/OF Corey Hart is expected to play in Seattle's spring training finale on Saturday, according to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune. He has dealt with forearm and back soreness this spring but played in a minor league game on Wednesday and Thursday.
Insight: Hart missed all of 2013 after he underwent two knee surgeries and will be the Mariners everyday DH in 2014. Hart averaged 141 games, .279 with 29 homers, 83 RBI, 87 runs and an .857 OPS from 2010-12, when he was with the Brewers.
Chris Young, SP3/27/2014 9:30:00 PM
Description: The Mariners signed RHP Chris Young to a one-year contract on Thursday. He'll immediately join the M's rotation as the No. 4 starter.
Insight: He was released by the Nationals on Tuesday. The oft-injured Young didn't pitch in the majors last season and gave up four earned runs with nine Ks in 10 1/3 innings this spring. Young has a career 3.79 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP, but he's thrown only 337 1/3 innings in the big leagues since 2008 because of multiple shoulder issues and thoracic outlet syndrome.
Scott Baker, SP3/25/2014 10:13:00 PM
Description: Right-hander Scott Baker is close to signing with Texas. SOURCE: Chris Cotillo, SB Nation
Insight: Baker was released by the Mariners on Monday. The Rangers could definitely use another arm, especially now that Yu Darvish is out with a neck injury. Even if Baker (4.14 ERA in 166 MLB appearances) does make the Rangers' starting rotation, he won't be an appealing fantasy option.
Randy Wolf, SP3/25/2014 7:07:00 PM
Description: Seattle released left-hander Randy Wolf on Tuesday.
Insight: Wolf missed all of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He posted a 4.26 ERA in five starts this spring before getting cut.
Scott Baker, SP3/24/2014 9:57:00 PM
Description: The Mariners have granted Scott Baker his release. SOURCE: Chris Cotillo, SB Nation
Insight: Baker knew he wasn't going to make the team's starting rotation. The right-hander is now over a year removed from Tommy John surgery, though he's struggled to regain his velocity.
Brad Miller, SSHot3/23/2014 1:38:00 PM
Description: Mariners shortstop Brad Miller has hit .467 with four doubles, four triples, four homers and a 10/5 K/BB this spring.
Insight: Miller batted .265 with eight homers, 36 RBI, 41 runs and five steals over 76 games as a rookie last year after putting up a .334 average, 27 home runs and 30 steals in 219 minor league games (including .356 with Triple-A Tacoma). He is expected to start at shortstop this season and has great sleeper value.
Corey Hart, 1B3/23/2014 12:44:00 PM
Description: Mariners 1B/OF Corey Hart is expected to spend most of his time at DH early in the season, according to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune.
Insight: Hart missed all of 2013 after he underwent two knee surgeries. Starting him at DH will open up everyday spots for Michael Saunders and Abraham Almonte in the outfield. Hart averaged 141 games, .279 with 29 homers, 83 RBI, 87 runs and an .857 OPS from 2010-12, when he was with the Brewers.
Taijuan Walker, RP3/22/2014 6:59:00 PM
Description: Mariners top prospect Taijuan Walker (shoulder) made his first spring training appearance Saturday, throwing one inning in a minor league game.
Insight: According to the Seattle Times, Walker's fastball ranged from 93-96 mph and his change-up showed decent movement. The right-hander arrived at camp with shoulder inflammation and will miss the first few weeks of the season. Walker had a 2.93 ERA and 160 strikeouts in 141 1/3 innings in the minors last season and is considered one of the top prospects in baseball.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP3/18/2014 6:17:00 PM
Description: Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) has been cleared to do range-of-motion exercises and will begin playing catch with a tennis ball Friday before progressing to throwing a baseball next week, according to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune.
Insight: Iwakuma suffered a strained tendon in his right hand on Jan. 20 when he caught his finger in the net of a protective screen while attempting to catch a high throw. He's expected to miss most of April.
Robinson Cano, 2B3/16/2014 10:59:00 AM
Description: Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano has left the team due to personal reasons. He's expected to return after Seattle's off day on Monday. SOURCE: Greg Johns, MLB.com
Insight: Cano is currently in his native Dominican Republic. He's had an excellent spring, hitting .609 over 23 at bats. This brief absence should have no effect on Cano's draft position in fantasy leagues.
Jesus Montero, DH3/14/2014 6:32:00 PM
Description: Mariners C/DH Jesus Montero was sent to the minors Friday, according to Greg Johns of MLB.com.
Insight: Montero reported to camp 40 pounds overweight after serving a 50-game suspension for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal last season, so he's not in the Mariners' good graces at the moment. He did go 9-for-29 with two homers and a .976 OPS this spring, though.
Dustin Ackley, OFHot3/14/2014 3:58:00 PM
Description: Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley is hitting .452 this spring with seven extra base hits and a 1.259 OPS.
Insight: Ackley batted .304 after the All-Star break last season and this could be the sign that fantasy owners need assuring them that the second half of 2013 wasn't a fluke. With the offseason addition of 2B Robinson Cano, Ackley should be a full-time outfielder this season.
Taijuan Walker, RP3/13/2014 5:10:00 PM
Description: Mariners top prospect Taijuan Walker, who has been deailing with shoulder soreness, threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Thursday and said that it was a relief to "feel normal again," according to Greg Johns of mlb.com.
Insight: Walker arrived at camp with shoulder inflammation and was shut down in late February. He's doubtful for the start of the season but should only have to miss a few starts early in the year. Walker had a 2.93 ERA and 160 strikeouts in 141 1/3 innings in the minors last season and is considered one of the top prospects in baseball.
Corey Hart, 1B3/12/2014 5:56:00 PM
Description: Mariners 1B/OF Corey Hart says his forearm soreness and back tightness are minor issues, according to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune.
Insight: The good news is that his knees are fine after he underwent two knee surgeries last season and missed the entire year. Hart averaged 141 games, .279 with 29 homers, 83 RBI, 87 runs and an .857 OPS from 2010-12 and will start in right field for the M's.
Taijuan Walker, RP3/4/2014 5:37:00 PM
Description: Mariners top prospect Taijuan Walker, who has been deailing with shoulder soreness, is scheduled to begin throwing again Thursday, according to Bob Dutton of The Tacoma News Tribune.
Insight: Walker arrived at camp with shoulder inflammation and was shut down last week. He had a 2.93 ERA and 160 strikeouts in 141 1/3 innings in the minors last season and is considered one of the top prospects in baseball, but is doubtful for the start of the season.
Kyle Seager, 3B3/3/2014 6:20:00 PM
Description: Mariner third baseman Kyle Seager (thumb) is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday, according to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune.
Insight: Seager jammed his finger last week. The 26-year-old has hit 20+ homers in each of the last two seasons, and his fantasy value should only improve with Robinson Cano in the lineup.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP2/28/2014 9:18:00 PM
Description: Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma will keep his splint on for three more weeks before beginning to throw, according to Greg Johns of MLB.com.
Insight: He suffered a strained tendon in his right hand on Jan. 20 when he caught his finger in the net of a protective screen while attempting to catch a high throw and was shut down for 4-6 weeks on Feb. 12. Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said previously that Iwakuma won't join the rotation until he is conditioned to work at least six innings, and that typically takes four spring starts. Look for him to return no earlier than mid-April.
Taijuan Walker, RP2/28/2014 2:19:00 PM
Description: Mariners top prospect Taijuan Walker, who had been deailing with minor shoulder soreness, will be shut down for seven days.
Insight: We guess it's not minor. He had a 2.93 ERA and 160 strikeouts in 141 1/3 innings in the minors last season. As long as the injury doesn't last too long he should be a viable fantasy option.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP2/27/2014 4:39:00 PM
Description: Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma will see a doctor on Friday to have his strained middle finger reevaluated, according to Greg Johns of mlb.com.
Insight: He suffered the injury on Jan. 20 when he caught his finger in the net of a protective screen while attempting to catch a high throw and was shut down for 4-6 weeks on Feb. 12. Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said previously that Iwakuma won't join the rotation until he is conditioned to work at least six innings, and that typically takes four spring starts.
Corey Hart, 1B2/27/2014 4:34:00 PM
Description: Mariners 1B/OF Corey Hart (knee) will make his Cactus League debut on Friday, according to Greg Johns of mlb.com.
Insight: Hart has been dealing with some tenderness in his knee when moving from side to side, but manager Lloyd McClendon says he's fine. He underwent two knee surgeries last season and missed the entire year. Hart averaged 141 games, .279 with 29 homers, 83 RBI, 87 runs and an .857 OPS from 2010-12.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP2/23/2014 12:32:00 PM
Description: The Mariners are cautiously optimistic that starter Hisashi Iwakuma can make a quick recovery from a strained tendon in his right middle finger, according to Bob Dutton of thenewstribune.com. Iwakuma's original recovery timetable was 4-to-6 weeks.
Insight: Iwakuma is scheduled to undergo another examination on March 3. He suffered the injury on Jan. 20 when he caught his finger in the net of a protective screen while attempting to catch a high throw. "Any injury to a pitching hand is serious," M's GM Jack Zduriencik said. "This one might not be as serious as we originally thought, which is a positive but we really won’t know that until he starts throwing a baseball." Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said previously that Iwakuma won't join the rotation until he is conditioned to work at least six innings, and that typically takes four spring starts.
Kendrys Morales, DH2/21/2014 8:25:00 PM
Description: The Orioles are expected to sign either Kendrys Morales or Nelson Cruz in free agency. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: Baltimore has holes to fill at left field and DH so either one would make sense. Morales (.277, 23 HR, 80 RBI for Seattle in 2013) can still bring it, though moving to the AL East is always a difficult transition.
Taijuan Walker, RP2/17/2014 1:59:00 PM
Description: Bob Dutton of newstribune.com reports that Mariners top prospect Taijuan Walker "felt great" after Monday's short throwing session. He's been deailing with minor shoulder soreness.
Insight: Walker, one of the top prospects in baseball, is expected to have a spot in Seattle's rotation this season. He had a 2.93 ERA and 160 strikeouts in 141 1/3 innings in the minors last season. As long as the injury doesn't return he should be a viable fantasy option.
Taijuan Walker, RP2/13/2014 3:59:00 PM
Description: Bob Dutton of newstribune.com reports that Mariners top prospect Taijuan Walker will be limited early in spring training due to minor shoulder soreness.
Insight: Walker, one of the top prospects in baseball, is expected to have a spot in Seattle's rotation this season. He had a 2.93 ERA and 160 strikeouts in 141 1/3 innings in the minors last season.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP2/12/2014 3:08:00 PM
Description: Seattle ace Hisashi Iwakuma will miss the next 4-to-6 weeks while he recovers from a strained tendon in his right hand. SOURCE: Ryan Divish, Seattle Times
Insight: Iwakuma is not going to be ready for Opening Day. Don't let the injury scare you too much though. Iwakuma finished third in Cy Young voting a year ago and is still one of the better pitching options in fantasy baseball heading into 2014.
Randy Wolf, SP2/11/2014 6:38:00 PM
Description: Journeyman lefthander Randy Wolf has caught on with the Mariners. SOURCE: Ryan Divish, Seattle Times
Insight: His signing should become official in the next 24 hours. It's only a minor league deal so Wolf will have to prove himself in spring training if he hopes to make the team. The 37-year-old last pitched in the major leagues in 2012 (5-10, 5.65 ERA in 30 games with Baltimore and Milwaukee).
Kendrys Morales, DH2/9/2014 3:21:00 PM
Description: The Pirates are moving in on free agent first baseman Kendrys Morales.
Insight: There's no deal in place but Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says both sides are interested. Morales would fill a huge need for Pittsburgh now that Garrett Jones (.233, 15 HR, 51 RBI) has signed with Miami. Though he hasn't looked the same since his devastating leg injury, Morales is still a safe bet for 20 HR and close to 100 RBI.
Fernando Rodney, RP2/6/2014 6:05:00 PM
Description: Former Rays closer Fernando Rodney has agreed to a two-year, $14 million deal with Seattle. SOURCE: Jonah Keri, Grantland
Insight: With Rodney at the back end of the bullpen, Felix Hernandez (12-10, 3.04 ERA) should be able to improve on his win total from last season. The pitcher-friendly confines of Safeco Field should help Rodney lower his ERA in 2014 (3.38 last season).
Scott Baker, SP1/29/2014 3:55:00 PM
Description: Righthander Scott Baker has agreed to a minor league deal with Seattle. SOURCE: Chris Cotillo, SB Nation
Insight: Baker looked sharp in his return from Tommy John surgery last September (3.60 ERA in three starts). We'll see if he has what it takes to crack the Mariners' starting rotation this spring.
Corey Hart, 1B1/28/2014 9:15:00 AM
Description: Mariners 1B/OF Corey Hart say he's encouraged by the progress of his surgically repaired knees in a Tacoma News Tribune report.
Insight: The newly acquired slugger is capable of hitting 30 homers if healthy and with all the left-handed hitters in the Mariners lineup would see plenty of at-bats if he's healthy. If he continues to improve and is ready for Opening Day he'll be an underrated fantasy option. Hart missed all of 2013 after having knee surgery, but he averaged .277 with 24 homers, 78 RBI and 70 runs per season from 2007-12 with the Brewers.
John Buck, C1/14/2014 7:06:00 PM
Description: The Mariners have agreed to a one-year, $1 million deal with catcher John Buck. SOURCE: Jon Heyman, CBS Sports
Insight: Buck smashed nine homers in April but only hit six more after that. He'll be a borderline fantasy player heading into the 2014 campaign.
Raul Ibanez, LF12/18/2013 11:23:00 AM
Description: The Angels are close to signing veteran outfielder/DH Raul Ibanez. SOURCE: Chris Cotillo, SB Nation
Insight: It sounds like it will be a one-year deal. Ibanez wasn't able to hit for a high average last season (.242) but his 29 homers led the team. With Mark Trumbo out of the picture, he could be an everyday DH.
Franklin Gutierrez, CF12/18/2013 10:41:00 AM
Description: Franklin Gutierrez will return to Seattle on a new one-year, $1 million deal. SOURCE: Enrique Rojas, ESPN Deportes
Insight: Gutierrez has been a 20/20 threat in the past but that was several years ago. Injuries have limited him to just 173 games over the last three seasons.
Corey Hart, 1B12/11/2013 3:42:00 PM
Description: The Mariners have signed 1B/OF Corey Hart to a one-year contract, according to Jon Heyman of cbssports.com. Ken Rosenthal of foxsports.com reports the deal is for $5 million with $8 million in incentives.
Insight: Hart missed all of 2013 after having knee surgery but he averaged .277/.335/.495 with 24 homers, 78 RBI and 70 runs per season from 2007-12 with the Brewers. He'll serve as a first baseman and designated hitter for Seattle.
Logan Morrison, 1B12/11/2013 3:38:00 PM
Description: The Marlins have traded 1B/OF Logan Morrison to the Mariners for pitcher Carter Capps, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald.
Insight: Morrison hit 23 homers and had a .798 OPS in 2011 but has played just 178 games over the last two seasons with 17 homers, 72 RBI and a .708 OPS in that span. He's unlikely to be a strong fantasy option with the M's.
Robinson Cano, 2B12/6/2013 1:30:00 PM
Description: The Mariners and second baseman Robinson Cano have come to terms on a new 10-year, $240 million deal.
Insight: Cano is the crown jewel of this year's free agent class. He's a career .309 hitter with an .860 OPS. Cano won't have a great lineup around him but we're not concerned about it affecting his fantasy value. As far as second basemen go, he's the best there is.
Willie Bloomquist, SS12/2/2013 9:04:00 PM
Description: The Mariners inked shortstop Willie Bloomquist to a new two-year, $5.8 million deal on Monday. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: Bloomquist had spent his previous three seasons in Arizona. As long as he can stay healthy, Bloomquist should easily surpass the 139 at bats he logged last season.
Kendrys Morales, DH10/9/2013 8:27:00 PM
Description: Jon Heyman of CBS Sports doesn't expect designated hitter Kendrys Morales to accept his one-year, $14 million qualifying offer from Seattle.
Insight: By rejecting the offer, the Mariners are now entitled to a draft pick from whatever team decides to sign Morales as a free agent. The injury-prone Morales launched 23 homers in 156 games for the M's in 2013.
Danny Hultzen, RP10/1/2013 9:36:00 PM
Description: Mariners pitching prospect Danny Hultzen had shoulder surgery Tuesday to clean out a damaged labrum, repair a partially torn rotator cuff and fix a shoulder capsule, according to the Seattle Times.
Insight: Hultzen, the No. 2 overall pick in 2011, dealt with shoulder issues all season. He is without a timetable to return to the mound but could miss most of 2014.
Brad Miller, SSHot9/28/2013 7:37:00 PM
Description: Seattle shortstop Brad Miller bopped two homers in Saturday's win over Oakland.
Insight: By doing so, he assured the Red Sox home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Miller is 5-for-12 with five RBI in his last three games.
Kendrys Morales, DHHot9/28/2013 10:21:00 AM
Description: After going 2-for-3 with a solo homer Friday against the A's, Mariners DH Kendrys Morales has six longballs in September.
Insight: Morales has alternated good and bad months this season, hitting .343 with five homers and 23 RBI in May, .309 with seven homers and 18 RBI in July and .290 with six homers and 11 RBI in September. He hit a combined .247 with five home runs and 28 RBI in the other three months and is batting .281 with 23 bombs, 80 RBI and a .793 OPS in a career-high 649 plate appearances.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SPHot9/26/2013 12:34:00 PM
Description: Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma wrapped up the season by going 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in his final 23 innings.
Insight: Iwakuma will finish 14-6 with a 2.66 ERA, a 1.01 WHIP and 185 strikeouts in 219 2/3 innings after tossing eight scoreless innings Wednesday against the Royals. The right-hander had trouble with the longball early, allowing 21 of them in his first 131 1/3 innings, but he gave up just four in his last 88 1/3.
Kyle Seager, 3B9/24/2013 1:40:00 PM
Description: Seattle's Kyle Seager is a career .239 hitter versus left-handers, but he's 4-for-8 with a double and two home runs against Royals lefty Bruce Chen.
Insight: Seager has been ugly since July, batting .194 in August and .183 in September. Even this favorable matchup may not get him out of this major slump.
Brad Miller, SS9/23/2013 6:53:00 PM
Description: Mariners shortstop Brad Miller will start Monday's game against Kansas City. He missed Sunday's game with a sore hamstring.
Insight: Miller (.262, 6 HR, 31 RBI) has been solid in his rookie season. With many teams resting their starters at this stage of the season, Miller is one player you can expect to see in the lineup almost everyday.
Felix Hernandez, SP9/22/2013 7:49:00 PM
Description: Seattle ace Felix Hernandez (oblique) struck out 10 over four innings Sunday against the Angels in his first start since Sept. 2.
Insight: Hernandez has been out for three weeks with a strained oblique. He threw 93 pitches in his return to the mound Sunday, which explains why he left after four innings. He'll make one more start this season.
Kyle Seager, 3BCold9/22/2013 10:51:00 AM
Description: Seattle's Kyle Seager is 4-for-49 (.082) over his last 14 games and he'll see C.J. Wilson Sunday.
Insight: Seager has hit the skids at an inopportune time for fantasy owners, and he isn't going to get much help Sunday. He's 3-for-19 (.158) with seven strikeouts against Wilson.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP9/21/2013 11:03:00 AM
Description: The Mariners are considering shutting down Hisashi Iwakuma for the rest of the season. SOURCE: Mariners.com
Insight: He's scheduled to start Tuesday versus Kansas City but manager Eric Wedge indicated that nothing is definite yet. The uncertainty surrounding Iwakuma's next start doesn't seem to be injury-related. With the Mariners out of the playoff race, they can afford to experiment a little in the final week.
Felix Hernandez, SP9/19/2013 2:44:00 PM
Description: The plan is for Seattle ace Felix Hernandez (oblique) to start Sunday against the Angels, according to Greg Johns of MLB.com.
Insight: Hernandez' oblique strain has popped up at the worst time for fantasy owners. He hasn't started since Sept. 2.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP9/18/2013 10:49:00 PM
Description: Mariners righthander Hisashi Iwakuma got back in the win column with eight innings of shutout ball Wednesday against the Tigers.
Insight: It was Iwakuma's longest outing since June. He's had a magnificent year for the Mariners, compiling 13 wins and a 2.76 ERA in 32 starts. The righthander will make his final start of the year next week against the Royals.
Felix Hernandez, SP9/16/2013 8:27:00 PM
Description: Seattle righthander Felix Hernandez won't pitch Wednesday versus Detroit.
Insight: Hisashi Iwakuma (12-6, 2.87 ERA) will get the start in his place. Hernandez has now been sidelined two weeks because of an oblique injury. According to MLB.com's Greg Johns, the earliest we'd see Hernandez back would be Saturday or Sunday against the Angels.
Brad Miller, SS9/16/2013 12:09:00 PM
Description: Seattle shortstop Brad Miller will miss Monday's game against Detroit due to a hamstring injury.
Insight: Miller has batted .260 with six homers and 31 RBI in just 281 at-bats. Carlos Triunfel is likely to get the start in his place.
Brad Miller, SS9/15/2013 1:16:00 PM
Description: M's shortstop Brad Miller will have the day off to rest his hamstring Sunday against St. Louis.
Insight: Ryan Divish of the Tacoma Times says Miller will probably miss "at least a few days" with this injury. Carlos Triunfel is getting the start in his place.
James Paxton, SP9/14/2013 10:38:00 PM
Description: Mariners lefthander James Paxton (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 5 K's, 2 BB) overwhelmed the Cardinals Saturday for his second win of the year.
Insight: So far, the September callup has done pretty well for himself. In two starts, opponents are only hitting .140 against him with eight strikeouts. Paxton's next start comes against the Tigers.
Brad Miller, SS9/14/2013 9:25:00 PM
Description: Mariners shortstop Brad Miller left Saturday's game with a strained hamstring. SOURCE: Geoff Baker, Seattle Times
Insight: It's considered a mild strain and he's listed as day-to-day. The rookie is hitting .260 this year with six homers in 281 at bats.
Felix Hernandez, SP9/13/2013 9:57:00 AM
Description: Mariners righthander Felix Hernandez is questionable for his next scheduled start with cramping in his lower back.
Insight: This comes after Hernandez had his start Sunday pushed back to Wednesday. He's hoping to throw a bullpen session this weekend. His last start was Sept. 2.
Abraham Almonte, CF9/13/2013 9:54:00 AM
Description: Mariners outfielder Abraham Almonte is questionable for Friday's game against St. Louis with tightness in his legs.
Insight: The youngster put up solid Triple-A numbers (.314, 11 HR, 50 RBI, .894 OPS in 94 games), but has been much less effective at the major league level and isn't on fantasy radars.
Kendrys Morales, DHHot9/12/2013 11:22:00 AM
Description: Mariners DH Kendrys Morales has hit four homers over his last eight games.
Insight: Morales batted .200 with zero round-trippers from Aug. 3 to Sept. 3 (28 games).
Taijuan Walker, RP9/10/2013 12:15:00 PM
Description: Mariners 21-year-old right-hander Taijuan Walker is expected to be shut down for the remainder of the season, according to mlb.com's Greg Johns.
Insight: Walker made three starts at the big league level after pitching 141 innings at Double-A and Triple-A. He went 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA and 1.00 WHIP for Seattle. Walker should be the No. 3 starter behind Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma next season.
Kyle Seager, 3B9/10/2013 11:58:00 AM
Description: Kyle Seager is hitless in eight career at-bats against Houston right-hander Jordan Lyles.
Insight: Seager has been one of the most consistent fantasy producers at his position this season (.278, 22 HR, 66 RBI). Still, he isn't a great option on Tuesday.
Felix Hernandez, SP9/9/2013 8:19:00 PM
Description: Mariners righthander Felix Hernandez won't be able to make his scheduled start Wednesday against Houston. He's still feeling the effects of an oblique injury. SOURCE: Greg Johns, MLB.com
Insight: This comes after Hernandez had his start Sunday pushed back to Wednesday. He's hoping to throw a bullpen session this weekend.
Felix Hernandez, SPCold9/5/2013 7:42:00 PM
Description: Seattle righthander Felix Hernandez was supposed to start Sunday versus Tampa Bay but now he's been moved back to Wednesday against Houston.
Insight: Hernandez (12-9, 3.01 ERA) experienced cramping in his lower back Monday versus Kansas City. After a Cy Young caliber first half, Hernandez hasn't been up to snuff since the All-Star break (2-5, 4.20 in nine appearances).
Kyle Seager, 3B9/4/2013 12:36:00 PM
Description: Kyle Seager has been one of the most consistent fantasy producers at his position this season (.282, 22 HR, 64 RBI). Still, he isn't a great option Wednesday against Ervin Santana.
Insight: Seager has mustered just three hits in 19 career at bats against him. If he wants to extend his hitting streak to six games, Seager will probably have to do it in the later innings when Santana (8-8, 3.19 ERA) is out of the game.
Brad Miller, SS9/2/2013 7:48:00 PM
Description: Seattle rookie shortstop Brad Miller is 19-for-55 (.345) over his last 13 games.
Insight: However, only two of those hits went for extra bases. That includes a triple Sunday against the Royals, his sixth in 236 at-bats this season.
Kyle Seager, 3B9/2/2013 7:43:00 PM
Description: Seattle third baseman Kyle Seager went 3-for-4 with a double Monday against the Royals.
Insight: Seager has posted two straight 20-homer seasons and this year has a significantly better average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage than 2012.
Felix Hernandez, SP9/2/2013 6:09:00 PM
Description: The Mariners pulled Felix Hernandez from Monday's start in the seventh inning due to a muscle spasm in his "side" area, according to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times.
Insight: Hernandez gave up six hits and three runs over 6 2/3 innings Monday against the Royals in his first start since allowing eight earned runs against the Rangers. The move to take him out was precautionary and he isn't expected to miss a start.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP9/1/2013 7:02:00 PM
Description: Seattle ace Hisashi Iwakuma fired seven scoreless innings Sunday against Houston.
Insight: The Mariners wasted another good outing from Iwakuma (7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 7 K's, 1 BB) by not scoring any runs. They've averaged just two runs per game over Iwakuma's last six starts. Iwakuma's next start is Friday against Tampa Bay.
Dustin Ackley, 2BHot8/31/2013 4:39:00 PM
Description: Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley is hitting .439 over his last 19 games.
Insight: Ackley went 4-for-5 with four RBI Friday and is 29-for-66 with six doubles, two triples, two homers and nine RBI since Aug. 7. The former second-overall pick failed to progress after a solid rookie season and was hitting just .213 prior to this stretch, but a hot streak like this cannot be ignored.
Taijuan Walker, RP8/31/2013 4:33:00 PM
Description: Mariners prospect Taijuan Walker won his major league debut Friday night against Houston, going five innings and allowing two hits and one unearned run.
Insight: Walker, a 21-year-old right-hander who is ranked as the No. 5 prospect in all of baseball by MLB.com, recorded a 2.93 ERA and 160 K over 141 1/3 innings in the minors this season. Seattle GM Jack Zduriencik said in July that the right-hander will have an innings limit, but didn't give an exact number. Still, he's worth adding in deeper leagues.


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