The Mariners dropped their fourth straight game on Tuesday night in Detroit to the 36-35 Tigers in what was a tight game up until Kyle Seager connected for a 2-run shot in the sixth inning. LHP James Paxton made his fifth start of the season in place of the injured RHP Felix Hernandez on Tuesday night, and had himself another impressive outing. With the 4-2 loss to Detroit, however, the Mariners have fallen to 36-35 on the season, and are now 9.5 games in back of the 46-26 Texas Rangers who sit atop the American League West. In the month of June so far, the Mariners have had a rough go at it. The M's have a record of 6-14 in the month so far, coming off of a winning record of 13-10 in April, and a winning record of 17-11 in the month of May. Not to worry, however, because Seattle is only 2.0 games out of a wild card spot, plus there are still over 85 games left to be played in this season. With a quick turnaround, and a healthy rotation back soon, this team is certainly still a division contender, and definitely not out of postseason discussions.
On Tuesday night, Mariners offense put up 8 hits on the night. 2B Robinson Canó (.301 AVG) went 2-2 at the plate with 2 hits, scoring 1 run and walking twice. Also contributing offensively against the Detroit ace Justin Verlander was SS Ketel Marte (.284 AVG) who had himself a 3-hit night going 3-4 at the plate. Marte came off of a 4-hit night on Monday to tie for his career high of hits in one game. Ketel's average has increased over .10 points as of late. It was in the sixth inning of this one when 3B Kyle Seager (.269 AVG) connected for his fifteenth home run of his 2016 season. The 2-run homer to right came with 2 outs in the top of the sixth inning off of Verlander. With the 2 RBI Seager now has 48 on the season. Unfortunately, the M's failed to connect with the baseball when runners were in scoring position for they went 0-for-8 with RISP on the night.
On the mound, LHP James Paxton made his fifth start of 2016 on Tuesday night and went a total of 7.2 innings giving up 4 runs on 11 hits (all earned) while striking out 5 Tigers and walking 3. Paxton suffered his third loss of the season and now has a W-L record of 1-3 on the season, with an ERA of 3.34. Despite the losing record, James Paxton has been pitching as it seems like the best in the Mariners' rotation. He has certainly taking Hernandez's spot well in his past 5 games while he is still out with the right calf sprain. Relieving Paxton was RHP Edwin Diaz (2.25 ERA) who made his seventh appearance of the season. Diaz went for 1 out in the eighth inning giving up nothing, and striking out 1 Tiger.
The Mariners will look to snap out of this 4-game losing skid and try and get to 2 games above .500 on Wednesday night. RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (6-5, 4.18 ERA) will make his fifteenth start of the season coming off of a good win in Boston last Friday night. Iwakuma and the M's will face DET RHP Michael Fulmer (7-2, 2.43 ERA) who has had a solid season for the Tigers so far. Be sure to catch all of the game 3 action on ROOT Sports NW for watching or listen in on 710 ESPN Seattle. First pitch start time- 4:10 PM PAC, 7:10 PM ET!
Mariners 365 Notes:
The "Bartender" RHP Tom Wilhelmsen is BACK! The Mariners signed him in the early morning of June the 22nd placing LHP Charlie Furbush on the 60-day DL while optioning RHP Jonathan Aro back down to AAA Tacoma. Wilhemsen played with Seattle in 2015, and was traded to the Texas Rangers on November 16, 2015 for CF Leonys Martin. Wilhelmsen will add depth to the currently roughed up pitching staff.
The Mariners have acquired LHP Wade LeBlanc from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for a player to be named or cash. LeBlanc will add depth to the currently roughed up pitching staff.
This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue.