Seattle Mariners

Seattle Mariners

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Guillermo Heredia underwent surgery on his right shoulder on Monday in Miami. He should be ready for Spring Training in February. (Source: Greg Johns of MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Heredia had surgery to repair a tear of his shoulder labrum that resulted in a chronic shoulder separation during the course of the 2017 campaign. According to Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto, Heredia had to have the dislocated shoulder put back in place on at least four separate occasions during the course of the year, which likely effected his performance offensively. The 26-year-old Cuban outfielder finished the season with a .249/.315/.337 slash line with 43 runs, six homers and 24 RBIs in 386 at-bats. He is expected to compete for the starting center field role next season.

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Robinson Cano hit .324/.376/.481 in the month of September, which helped him raise his batting average 11 points.

Fantasy Impact: Cano had some slow stretches this season, but he wound up batting .280 with 23 homers and 97 RBIs. The concern is that his homer total fell from 39 just a season ago. Cano is now 34 years old, and while he finished 2017 strong, his best days are likely behind him.

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Nelson Cruz finished the 2017 regular season with 39 homers, 119 RBIs, and a .288/.375/.549 triple slash line.

Fantasy Impact: The 119 RBIs led the American League. Cruz also scored 91 runs and posted a .924 OPS. He fell one homer shy of making it four consecutive seasons with at least 40 long balls. However, Cruz just turned 37 years old, which means a drop-off in production could be coming any year now.

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James Paxton allowed no runs on three hits, walking none and striking out nine over six innings in Seattle's 6-2 loss to the Angels on Sunday. He did not factor into the decision.

Fantasy Impact: Paxton lobbied hard to to toe the rubber Sunday for the Mariners final game of the 2017 campaign, and his persistence paid off. It was his first quality start since coming off the disabled list September 15 for a pectoral injury. The 28-year-old southpaw finishes the year with a 12-5 record while recording a stellar 2.98 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 156/37 K/BB across 136 innings. Now considered the Mariners' ace, the team will look to Paxton to build upon this season's success. Barring injury (something Paxton has had difficulty doing throughout his career), he should make a quality number-one fantasy starter for the 2018 campaign.

Category: Game Recaps


Edwin Diaz earns save

Sun, Oct 1st 3:39pm EDT
By Robert Finkelstein

SEA

Edwin Diaz hurled a perfect 1 1/3 innings to pick up his 34th save in Seattle's 6-4 win over the Angels on Saturday. He also struck out two.

Fantasy Impact: Diaz was summoned in the eighth inning with the bases loaded and two outs, and was able to get Mike Trout out on an infield fly to second base. He then pitched a clean ninth inning to earn the save. The 23-year-old right-hander rebounded nicely following Friday night's blown save, his first since July 22. Diaz has an elite 97 mph that has translated into a superb 12.1 K/9 for the year. If he is able to correct his occasional bouts of wildness (4.4 BB/9), Diaz will be among the company of premier closers for the 2018 campaign.

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Mitch Haniger went 5-for-5 with three doubles and one run scored in Seattle's 6-4 win over the Angels on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: The perfect night at the plate completes a very productive September for Haniger. In 27 games during the month, the 26-year-old outfielder slashed a phenomenal .365/.387/.635 with seven home runs, 14 RBI, and 17 runs scored. He also saw his seasonal batting average rise about 40 points, from .248 to .285. Haniger has settled in well batting second in the Seattle lineup, and looks to be the Mariners' right fielder for years to come.

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Kyle Seager batted fifth for the Mariners on Wednesday. Seager went 0-for-3 and drew one walk.

Fantasy Impact: Seager is hitting .249 this season and has 84 RBIs. Besides his average, Seager is a decent fantasy 3B. Grab him very late next year in your re-draft leagues.

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Jean Segura is not in the lineup Monday for Seattle's game against the Athletics. (Source: Bob Dutton of The News Tribune on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Segura sprained a finger in Saturday's contest against the Indians, sidelining him now for two consecutive games. The injury is not considered serious, but whether the 27-year-old shortstop will recover in time to finish the season is not known at this time. Taylor Motter will again take his place at shortstop.


Mike Leake (10-12) pitched 6 2/3 innings on Sunday, yielding three runs on seven hits in Seattle's 4-2 loss against the Indians. He walked none and struck out five.

Fantasy Impact: Despite losing his second straight game, Leake has pitched well since being traded to Seattle from St. Louis on August 30. In the 29-year-old right-hander's five Seattle appearances, four have been quality starts while recording a 3-2 record, 2.53 ERA and 27/2 K/BB over 32 innings. He has not surrendered over three runs in any of his Mariner starts. Leake is scheduled to make his final start of the 2017 campaign on Saturday against the Angels in Anaheim.

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Andrew Moore (1-5) allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits over four innings, and was tagged with the loss in Seattle's 11-4 defeat to the Indians on Saturday. He struck out three and walked none.

Fantasy Impact: Moore has done an admirable job filling in as a member of the Mariners' depleted rotation. In his three September starts coming into tonight's game, the 23-year-old right-hander recorded a fine 3.24 ERA and 0.84 WHIP over 16 2/3 innings. However his 2017 campaign's 5.34 ERA and meager 4.7 K/9 illustrate the true limitations of Moore's fantasy value. He is scheduled to make his last start of the season on Friday against the Angels in Anaheim.

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Erasmo Ramirez allowed one run on three hits while walking none and striking out 10 over eight innings in Seattle's 3-1 win over the Indians on Friday night. He did not factor into the decision.

Fantasy Impact: Ramirez pitched an absolute gem, but exited the game after throwing 105 pitches (70 for strikes) with the score tied 1-1. The ten strike outs were a season high for the 27-year-old right-hander. His only blemish of the game was a solo homer hit by Giovanny Urshela in the third inning. Ramirez has now delivered seven quality starts in his past eight outings. He and Mike Leake have proven to be the most reliable members of Seattle's rotation in the latter part of the 2017 campaign. Ramirez will take his respectable 4.35 ERA and 1.14 WHIP into Oakland on Wednesday for his next scheduled start against the Athletics.

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Mike Zunino is not in the lineup for Seattle's game Friday against the Indians. (Source: Bob Dutton of The News Tribune on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Zunino will head to the bench for a well-deserved breather after starting 10 of the last 11 games. The 26-year-old backstop is batting an outstanding .324/.410/.588 with two home runs, six RBIs and five runs scored in that span. Carlos Ruiz will take his place behind the plate, and will bat eighth.


Felix Hernandez (5-5) was tagged with the loss after surrendering six runs (five earned) on two hits and three walks over 3 1/3 innings in Seattle's 8-6 defeat to the Rangers on Wednesday night. He struck out four.

Fantasy Impact: Hernandez pitched a perfect first three innings, but then derailed in the fourth, allowing the first five Rangers to reach base. The veteran right-hander was then pulled from the game after throwing 67 pitches with the bases loaded and one out. Unfortunately for Hernandez, the three inherited runners scored when Andrew Albers, who relieved King Felix, gave up a grand slam to Rougned Odor. This was the second start for Hernandez after coming off his second visit to the disabled list this year due to a sore right shoulder. He will hope to make it beyond the fourth inning, and improve his 4.57 ERA and 1.34 WHIP in his next start, which is scheduled for Monday in Oakland against the Athletics.

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Tony Zych experienced soreness during a bullpen session on Wednesday. (Source: Bob Dutton of The News Tribune on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Zych has been sidelined by a strained flexor bundle in his right elbow which forced him onto the 10-day disabled list on August 22. It was hoped that the 27-year-old right-hander would be able to return for at least one appearance prior to the the October 1 season finale. However, after today's setback, the chance of his return in 2017 is unlikely. If so, Zych will finish the year with a 6-3 record and 12 holds, while recording a respectable 2.66 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 7.7 K/9.

Category: Injury Updates


Hisashi Iwakuma, who has been trying to recover from a sore shoulder since May, will most likely not pitch again this year. (Source: Bob Dutton of The News Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: Iwakuma has suffered repeated setbacks in his attempt to recover from a sore shoulder that placed him on the disabled list after a May 3 start against the Angels in Seattle. The 36-year-old right-hander was 0-2 with a 4.35 ERA in six starts this season before his injury. “He had a tremendous season last year,” manager Scott Servais said. “Unfortunately, things happen, and he just couldn’t get over the hump with the injury. He has worked his tail off. Nobody has worked harder. He’s tried everything he could to get back. It’s just not happening.” Iwakuma's tenure with Seattle is probably over. The Mariners are expected to exercise a one-million dollar buyout clause, which will make him a free agent.

Category: Injury Updates


Nick Vincent (3-3) was credited with the loss while allowing two runs on three hits over one inning in Seattle's 3-1 defeat to the Rangers on Tuesday. He struck out one and walked none.

Fantasy Impact: Vincent has hit a wall in his last three appearances, surrendering six runs on seven hits over 2 2/3 innings, while being saddled with two losses in that stretch. The 31-year-old right-hander, who has been solid throughout the 2017 campaign, saw his ERA rise from 2.10 to 2.87 during his current funk. He still, however, ranks second in the American League with 27 holds, trailing only Taylor Rogers of the Twins. With a fine 1.12 WHIP, look for Vincent to add value down the stretch in leagues that count holds.

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Ariel Miranda was lifted from the rotation, and will not make his once scheduled start on Sunday against the Astros. (Source: Greg Johns of MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Miranda imploded on Monday, giving up four runs on six hits and walking three in only 1 2/3 innings. In his last 12 starts, the 27-year-old southpaw posted a troubling 6.71 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 4.1 BB/9 and 2.6 HR/9. "He's running on fumes right now," manager Scott Servais said. "I think that's what we're seeing. I appreciate how he competes and goes out there. There are certain nights he doesn't have it and he didn't have it at all tonight. We'll take a look where he's at in a couple days from now." Miranda, who prior to this season had never thrown more than 101 innings, has already logged 158 in 2017. Thus it is not surprising to see him tiring down the stretch. How Miranda will be utilized, if at all, for the rest of the year is not known at this time. For now, Andrew Moore will take over Miranda's spot in the rotation.


Jarrod Dyson elected to have surgery to repair a groin injury, and will miss the rest of the season. (Source: Ryan Dovish of the Seattle Times )

Fantasy Impact: On Monday, manager Scott Servais confirmed that Dyson did not make the team's trip to Texas, but opted to have surgery to repair a "core muscle injury." The procedure is considered minor, but nevertheless the 33-year-old outfielder will miss the remainder of the season. Dyson finishes the year after slashing .251/.324/.350 with five home runs, 30 RBIs, 56 runs scored and 28 stolen bases. A free agent after the season, Dyson has declared he will test the open market.


Yonder Alonso is not the lineup for Seattle's game against the Rangers on Monday. (Source: Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Alonso will head to the bench with southpaw Cole Hamels on the hill for Texas. He will get to clear his head after going 0-for-12 in his last three games. Danny Valencia will take his place at first base and bat sixth.


Zac Curtis was claimed off waivers by Philadelphia on Monday. (Source: Bob Dutton of The News Tribune on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Curtis was designated for assignment by the Mariners on September 4. The Phillies evidently liked what they saw in the 25-year-old southpaw to claim him off of waivers. He made appearances in three big-league games this year for Seattle, all in relief, giving up three unearned runs on three hits (one for a homer), two strikeouts, one walk, two hit-by-pitch, and two wild pitches over 4 2/3 innings. His main body of work was performed at Double-A Arkansas, where he posted a 3.51 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and an eye-opening 60/19 K/BB over 51 1/3 innings. He will likely have a role in the bullpen, and pitch in low-leverage situations as the season winds to close.

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