Seattle Mariners Player Notes
For The Last 365 Days
 
James Paxton, SP5/29/2015 9:56:00 AM
Description: Mariners left-hander James Paxton left Thursday's game due to a middle finger issue, officially called "discomfort."
Insight: Paxton is 3-3 with a 3.70 ERA and 1.30 WHIP. We expect more from the talented left-hander.
Robinson Cano, 2B5/29/2015 9:54:00 AM
Description: Mariners second basman Robinson Cano is probable for Friday's game against Cleveland while dealing with an illness.
Insight: Cano did pinch hit Thursday night. He's been a big disappointment this season, hitting .251 with one home run, 13 RBI and 21 runs scored.
Dustin Ackley, LFCold5/29/2015 1:11:00 AM
Description: Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley hit a two-run homer in the, 5-3, loss to the Indians on Thursday.
Insight: Ackley was 1-for-4 in the game, hitting his home run in the sixth. He is hitting just .182 with four home runs and nine RBI in 110 at-bats this season, so Ackley shouldn't be in many fantasy lineups.
Robinson Cano, 2B5/28/2015 8:59:00 PM
Description: Mariners second basman Robinson Cano is not in Thursday's starting lineup against the Indians.
Insight: Cano is not having a great season, hitting .253 with one home run and 13 RBI. Brad Miller will start at third base against Corey Kluber on Thursday.
Felix Hernandez, SP5/27/2015 3:25:00 PM
Description: Mariners ace Felix Hernandez threw a complete game shutout Wednesday versus Tampa Bay.
Insight: Hernandez was fantastic and allowed just four hits and one walk. He struck out eight and is now 8-1 with a 1.91 ERA.
Nelson Cruz, LF5/27/2015 3:17:00 PM
Description: Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz smacked a three-run homer Wednesday versus Tampa Bay.
Insight: Cruz broke a 0-0 tie in the ninth with the dinger. He has been fantastic, now hitting .341 with 18 homers and 38 RBI.
Robinson Cano, 2B5/27/2015 11:21:00 AM
Description: Mariners second basman Robinson Cano is 0-for-10 lifetime against Chris Archer.
Insight: Cano does have two RBI against Archer, but has struck out a total of three times.
Kyle Seager, 3B5/27/2015 9:31:00 AM
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager had a massive game on Tuesday night.
Insight: With Seattle trailing 3-2 in the eighth inning, Seager blasted a grand-slam to give the Mariners a 6-3 lead. Then after Fernando Rodney blew the save, Seager hit a solo shot in the 10th, which ended up being the game-winner. He finished 3-for-5 with six RBI and is now batting .281 with nine homers and 29 RBI overall.
Mike Zunino, C5/26/2015 3:14:00 PM
Description: Mariners catcher Mike Zunino is not starting on Tuesday. Welington Castillo will be behind the plate.
Insight: Zunino had a hit in the last four games. He's still an all-or-nothing guy with six homers, but a .185 batting average and 49 strikeouts in 144 at-bats. Castillo isn't any better with a .170 batting average this season.
Austin Jackson, CF5/26/2015 3:12:00 PM
Description: Mariners center fielder Austin Jackson (right ankle sprain) is back in center field and leading off for Tuesday night's game against Tampa Bay.
Insight: Jackson hasn't put it together yet this season, batting .242 with two homers, 4 RBI, 11 runs and four steals. He's capable of much more.
Austin Jackson, CF5/25/2015 10:44:00 PM
Description: Mariners center fielder Austin Jackson (right ankle sprain) has been activated from the disabled list.
Insight: Jackson will be inserted right back into center field, and likely atop the Mariners' batting order.
Robinson Cano, 2B5/25/2015 9:40:00 PM
Description: Mariners second basman Robinson Cano had two RBI Monday versus Tampa Bay.
Insight: He had two hits in four at-bats, but is still just hitting .253 with 13 RBI overall. If there was ever a time to buy low on Cano, it is now.
Roenis Elias, SP5/25/2015 9:25:00 PM
Description: Mariners left-hander Roenis Elias allowed just one run Monday versus Tampa Bay.
Insight: Elias went six innings and gave up six hits and three walks, while striking out six. He has a solid 2.56 ERA overall.
Nelson Cruz, LF5/25/2015 9:57:00 AM
Description: Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz is just 1-for-10 versus Rays starter Jake Odorizzi.
Insight: Cruz was 3-for-12 with a home run in the last series against Toronto, so he's still one of the hottest hitters in the game, but this is a poor matchup. He's batting .343 with 17 HR, -34 RBI and a 1.100 OPS this season.
Kyle Seager, 3B5/24/2015 4:16:00 PM
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager hit a solo home run in the loss to the Blue Jays on Sunday.
Insight: Seager was 2-for-4 on the day with an RBI and two runs, but Seattle lost, 8-2. Seager is hitting .270 with seven home runs and 23 RBI in 159 at-bats this season.
Fernando Rodney, RP5/23/2015 4:54:00 PM
Description: Mariners closer Fernando Rodney picked up his 12th save of the season on Saturday.
Insight: Rodney didn't allow a base runner and struck out two of the three batters he faced. Rodney still has bad numbers, 6.23 ERA and 1.62 WHIP, but he has 12 saves in 13 opportunities.
Willie Bloomquist, SS5/23/2015 4:50:00 PM
Description: Mariners infielder Willie Bloomquist hit the game-winning two-run double in the third as Seattle defeated Toronto, 3-2, on Saturday.
Insight: Bloomquist only has 38 at-bats this season, but he came into the game 20-for-44 in his career versus Mark Buehrle, so Bloomquist was a great daily play. He rewarded those who rolled the dice on him as he had a two-run double in the third inning that proved to be the game-winner.
Willie Bloomquist, SS5/23/2015 11:57:00 AM
Description: Mariners infielder Willie Bloomquist could get a rare start on Saturday and if he does, he might be worth a flier.
Insight: Bloomquist is a career .455 hitter versus Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle (20-for-44) with nine extra-base hits and a 1.160 OPS. He's only seen 34 at-bats all season, so this would be a 'Hail Mary." Update: Bloomquist is in the starting lineup playing right field and batting second.
Nelson Cruz, LF5/23/2015 10:39:00 AM
Description: Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz may be the hottest hitter in the majors, or at least second to Bryce Harper, but he's not a great option on Saturday against Mark Buehrle.
Insight: Cruz is just 1-for-19 (.053) in his matchups with the Blue Jays left-hander. On the other hand he leads the AL in half a dozen offensive categories.
Felix Hernandez, SP5/22/2015 9:50:00 PM
Description: Mariners ace Felix Hernandez allowed just oje run on Friday night.
Insight: Hernandez went seven innings and allowed four hits and two walks. He struck out eight and now has a 2.19 ERA overall.
Nelson Cruz, LF5/22/2015 9:42:00 PM
Description: Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz smacked another homer on Friday night.
Insight: He finished 2-for-4 and is now hitting .354 with 17 homers and 34 RBI.
Welington Castillo, C5/22/2015 1:18:00 PM
Description: Seattle backup catcher Welington Castillo is 6-for-21 (.286) against Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada, but four of the six hits have been home runs.
Insight: Castillo was 1-for-4 in his Mariners debut Thursday night. He might be worth a flier if he's back in there on Friday.
Robinson Cano, 2B5/21/2015 11:00:00 AM
Description: Mariners second basman Robinson Cano is 12-for-28 (.429) with a couple of home runs versus Baltimore starter Chris Tillman.
Insight: Beware, it's likely that this game will have to deal with rain for most of the afternoon and into the early evening.
Austin Jackson, CF5/21/2015 10:31:00 AM
Description: Mariners center fielder Austin Jackson (right ankle sprain) is eligible to return from the disabled list, but it appears he'll continue to work his way back at Triple-A Tacoma.
Insight: Jackson could return this weekend, but it's more likely to be sometime next week. He's batting .242 this season with a mediocre .620 OPS.
Mike Zunino, C5/21/2015 10:05:00 AM
Description: Mariners catcher Mike Zunino will take a seat Thursday afternoon while Welington Castillo makes his Mariners debut behind the plate.
Insight: Zunino is an all-or-nothing guy with five homers, but a .175 batting average and 46 strikeouts in 114 at-bats. Castillo isn't any better with a .163 batting average this season for the Cubs.
Dustin Ackley, LFCold5/20/2015 3:18:00 PM
Description: Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley is not in the lineup against the Orioles on Wednesday.
Insight: It appears to be a regular day off for the outfielders. Ackley is hitting just .186 with three home runs and seven RBI this season, so perhaps manager Llyod McClendon wanted to just give Ackley a day away from things.
Kyle Seager, 3B5/20/2015 12:29:00 PM
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager has just one hit in 17 at-bats versus Orioler starter Wei-Yin Chen.
Insight: Seager also has a walk and four strikeouts versus Chen. Avoid this matchup on Wednesday.
Nelson Cruz, LF5/19/2015 9:53:00 PM
Description: Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz had a double and home run on Tuesday night.
Insight: he did so in three at0bats, and had three RBI total on the night. Cruz is now hitting .347 with 16 homers and 33 RBI overall.
Kyle Seager, 3B5/17/2015 6:48:00 PM
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager homers, knocked in two and scored twice on Sunday.
Insight: It was his fifth homer of the season. He's not playing up to expectations after delivering a 25 HR, 96 RBI season in 2015, but he did go 4-for-11 in the just completed three-game series versus the Red Sox.
James Paxton, SP5/17/2015 6:45:00 PM
Description: Mariners left-hander James Paxton was very impressive on Sunday, holding the Red Sox to five hits and no runs over eight innings.
Insight: Paxton didn't strike out many, just two, but he also walked just two. The lefty evens his record at 2-2 while lowering his ERA to 3.59. We are expecting a lot more from the hard-throwing left-hander.
Felix Hernandez, SP5/17/2015 9:02:00 AM
Description: Mariners ace Felix Hernandez took his first loss of the season.
Insight: He allowed four runs on even hits and four walks against Boston. Hernandez pitched six innings, struck out five, and dropped his record to 6-1 with a 2.30 ERA.
Nelson Cruz, LFHot5/16/2015 12:43:00 PM
Description: Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz is just 4-for-20 in his career against Red Sox starter Rick Porcello.
Insight: That's good for a .182 average. He also has six strikeouts and two RBI against Porcello. Owners might be able to avoid Cruz in daily leagues on Saturday, but it is going to hard to sit a man in standard leagues who is slashing .358/.409/.730 with 15 home runs and 30 RBI.
Nelson Cruz, LFHot5/16/2015 10:03:00 AM
Description: Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz had the game-winning RBI-single in the ninth as Seattle beat Boston, 2-1.
Insight: Cruz was 1-for-4 with the one RBI. He also struck out three times. Cruz is slashing .358/.409/.730 with 15 home runs and 30 RBI in 137 at-bats this season.
Nelson Cruz, LFHot5/15/2015 1:07:00 AM
Description: Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz went 3-for-3 and scored Seattle's only run in the, 2-1, loss to the Red Sox on Thursday.
Insight: Cruz also had a walk. He scored in the sixth on a grounder from Logan Morrison. Cruz is hitting .361/.414/.744 with 15 home runs and 29 RBI in 133 at-bats this season.
Erasmo Ramirez, SP5/14/2015 10:00:00 PM
Description: Rays right-hander Erasmo Ramirez had his first really good outing of the year, pitching five innings and allowing no runs on one hits in the, 6-1, victory over the Yankees on Thursday.
Insight: Ramirez also had four strikeouts and two walks. This was his third start and the first one where he went more than four innings. Ramirez, however, still has a 6.66 ERA with a 1.36 WHIP and 20 strikeouts in 24 1/3 innings. He needs to show more before being fantasy relevant.
Robinson Cano, 2B5/13/2015 11:20:00 AM
Description: Mariners second basman Robinson Cano is a ridiculous 34-for-84 (.405 BA) lifetime against James Shields.
Insight: Cano has four homers, nine doubles, and 15 RBI lifetime against Shields, and will have a nice opportunity to produce a big game on Wednesday.
Kyle Seager, 3B5/13/2015 9:31:00 AM
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager smacked a home run Tuesday against the Padres.
Insight: It was his lone hit in five at-bats. Seager finished with three RBI and is now hitting .244 with four homers and 19 RBI this season.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP5/12/2015 6:24:00 PM
Description: Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma will be shut down and will not resume throwing for 10-14 days according to The Tacoma News Tribune.
Insight: Iwakuma has been throwing on flat ground the last week, but he his strained right lat became stiff, so he isn't going to throw again. Fantasy owners shouldn't count on him returning before June.
Felix Hernandez, SP5/10/2015 8:10:00 PM
Description: Mariners ace Felix Hernandez continued his strong start to season during Sunday's win over the Athletics.
Insight: He allowed two runs on five hits and one walk, while striking out six over seven innings of work. Hernandez is now 6-0 with a 1.85 ERA.
J.A. Happ, SP5/10/2015 9:55:00 AM
Description: Mariners starter J.A. Happ pitched very well versus the Athletics on Saturday.
Insight: Happ allowed one run on four hits in five innings versus Oakland. He also had eigth strikeouts and two walks. Happ is 3-1 with a 3.29 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 32 strikeouts in 38 1/3 innings this season.
Robinson Cano, 2B5/10/2015 9:53:00 AM
Description: Mariners second basman Robinson Cano was 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs in the, 7-2, victory, over the Athletics on Saturday.
Insight: Cano scored on Nelson Cruz's double in the first and then singled in a run during the sixth. Cano has raised his average to .276, but they woudl still like to see more power. He has one home run, 11 doubles and nine RBI in 123 at-bats this season.
Dustin Ackley, LFCold5/6/2015 1:41:00 PM
Description: Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley has experienced very little success against Angels lefty C.J. Wilson.
Insight: Ackley is 5-for-29 against Wilson in his career. Two of those five hits are doubles, but his average versus Wilson is just .172. Sit Ackley on Wednesday.
Robinson Cano, 2B5/6/2015 9:29:00 AM
Description: Mariners second basman Robinson Cano was 3-for-5 with a run scored in the loss to the Angels on Tuesday.
Insight: Cano scored in the first run of the Mariners' three-run eighth as Seattle took the lead. Los Angeles, however, tied the game in the bottom of the eighth and then won it in the ninth. Cano is hitting .261 with one home run and seven RBI in 111 at-bats this season.
Austin Jackson, CF5/4/2015 7:02:00 PM
Description: Mariners center fielder Austin Jackson on the 15-day disabled list with a right ankle sprain according to Roto World.
Insight: Jackson suffered the injury on Sunday while running to first base. It is unclear how long he will be out.
J.A. Happ, SP5/3/2015 4:45:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ was not sharp Sunday versus Houston.
Insight: Happ gave up six runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out six over six innings of work. He now owns a 3.51 ERA this season.
Austin Jackson, CF5/3/2015 3:03:00 PM
Description: Mariners center fielder Austin Jackson left Sunday's game with an ankle injury.
Insight: Jackson needed assistance after stepping on Roberto Hernadez's foot while running to first. A DL could be needed here. Stay tuned.
Taijuan Walker, SP5/2/2015 8:42:00 PM
Description: Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker was lit up Saturday against the Astros.
Insight: He allowed eight runs (seven earned) on nine hits and one walk over just three innings. Walker struck out two and now has an 8.74 ERA this season.
Dustin Ackley, LFCold5/2/2015 10:41:00 AM
Description: Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley is hitless in his career versus Houston starter Collin McHugh.
Insight: Could be a good day for some rest. Either way fantasy owners should run from this matchup.
Kyle Seager, 3BCold5/2/2015 10:38:00 AM
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager is just 1-for-16 (.063) with six strikeouts versus Houston starter Collin McHugh.
Insight: Seager has a "banged up thumb" according to Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon and has just one hit in his last four games. Avoid him today.
Austin Jackson, CF4/30/2015 11:37:00 PM
Description: Mariners center fielder Austin Jackson was 3-for-5 with a run scored in the, 3-2, 10th inning loss to the Astros on Thursday.
Insight: Jackson scored the second run for the Marniers in the first inning, but they didn't score again. Houston tied the game in the sixth and then won it on a single from Jose Altuve in the 10th. Jackson is hitting .250 with two home runs and four RBI this season.
Kyle Seager, 3B4/29/2015 5:26:00 PM
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager will not play on Wednesday according to MLB.com.
Insight: Seager has a "banged up thumb" according to Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon. He could come off the bench and may start Thursday. It's not a serious injury.
Fernando Rodney, RP4/28/2015 10:55:00 PM
Description: Mariners closer Fernando Rodney picked up his sixth save of the season, shutting the door on the Rangers on Tuesday.
Insight: Seattle won, 2-1. Rodney only faced three batters and struck out two of them. His overall numbers aren't good, 5.79 ERA and 1.82 WHIP, but they should come down shortly. It's only April.
Nelson Cruz, LFHot4/28/2015 10:54:00 PM
Description: Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz was 3-for-4 with a run scored in the, 2-1, victory over the Rangers on Tuesday.
Insight: Cruz had a double and a triple, but only scored once and didn't have an RBI. It was definitely a pitcher's duel. Cruz is hitting .329 with nine home runs and 21 RBI this season.
Logan Morrison, 1BCold4/27/2015 4:31:00 PM
Description: Mariners LF/1B Logan Morrison should probably get Monday off based on his current cold streak and his poor matchup with Texas starter Yovani Gallardo. Update: Morrison is getting the night off.
Insight: Morrison is hitting .159 this season through 17 games and he's a career 1-for16 (.063) with five strikeouts versus Gallardo.
Austin Jackson, CF4/27/2015 4:30:00 PM
Description: Mariners center fielder Austin Jackson will get the night off on Monday.
Insight: It is just a routine day of rest for him. Justin Ruggiano will start in Jackson's place.
Logan Morrison, 1BCold4/27/2015 11:25:00 AM
Description: Mariners LF/1B Logan Morrison should probably get Monday off based on his current cold streak and his poor matchup with Texas starter Yovani Gallardo.
Insight: Morrison is hitting .159 this season through 17 games and he's a career 1-for16 (.063) with five strikeouts versus Gallardo.
Nelson Cruz, LFHot4/27/2015 11:22:00 AM
Description: Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz is a career 5-for-5 with two home runs versus Texas starter Yovani Gallardo.
Insight: Sure the sample size is miniscule, but at the very least he'll be confident and added to his monster start should make him a must start for fantasy owners. Cruz is batting .310 with nine homers and 20 RBI in 18 games this season.
Roenis Elias, SP4/26/2015 6:11:00 PM
Description: Mariners left-hander Roenis Elias went 5 2/3 innings Sunday against the Twins.
Insight: He allowed two runs on six hits and three walks while striking out six. Elias now has a 3.18 ERA overall.
Robinson Cano, 2B4/26/2015 9:33:00 AM
Description: Mariners second basman Robinson Cano was 2-for-3 with two runs scored in the loss to the Twins on Saturday.
Insight: Cano started the season slowly but has raised his average to .304 with an 11-game hitting streak. He has six multi-hit games during that stretch. Continue to start Cano as usual.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP4/25/2015 9:49:00 PM
Description: Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma had an MRI and it revealed he has a Grade 1 lat strain, so he will miss two-to-four weeks according to MLB.com.
Insight: This injury should tell owners why Iwakuma hasn't pitched well this season. He has a 6.61 ERA, so hopefully he gets better when healthy. Stash him on a disabled list spot if you can.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP4/24/2015 9:18:00 PM
Description: Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: He is dealing with a strainedlat muscle, and hopefully that us the reason for his ugly 6.61 ERA and 1.40 WHIP this season.
Robinson Cano, 2B4/22/2015 11:27:00 AM
Description: Mariners second basman Robinson Cano is finally starting to find a groove this season.
Insight: Many fantasy owners have complained about Cano's slow start, but he does have hits in eight straight games. Cano is also a .423 career hitter with five RBI versus Astros Roberto Hernandez, so Cano is doing just fine.
Robinson Cano, 2B4/22/2015 10:00:00 AM
Description: Mariners second basman Robinson Cano had an RBI-single in the, 6-3, loss to the Astros on Tuesday.
Insight: Cano also had an RBI on a groundout in the first. He finished 1-for-4 with two RBI. Cano is hitting .293 with one home run and six RBI this season.
Kyle Seager, 3B4/21/2015 11:05:00 AM
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager is hitless in 13 at-bats against Houston starter Collin McHugh.
Insight: Seager is on fire with seven hits in his last three games to raise his average to .306, but this matchup should cool him off.
Kyle Seager, 3B4/19/2015 9:28:00 PM
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager went 3-for-5 with three RBI in the dramatic, 11-10, comeback victory over the Rangers on Sunday.
Insight: Seattle fell behind, 10-5, in the sixth, but Seager's RBI-single in the seventh began the comeback. Seager also singled in the eighth to score two more runs. Nelson Cruz completed the comeback with a walkoff single in the ninth.
Nelson Cruz, LF4/19/2015 9:24:00 PM
Description: Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz hit a pair of bombs and a walkoff single as Seattle defeated Texas in the bottom of the ninth, 11-10, on Sunday.
Insight: So much for not being able to hit homers at Safeco Field. Until Sunday, all six of Cruz's home runs were on the road, but apparently Cruz is so hot, it doesn't matter what ballpark he is hitting in. Cruz finished 3-for-6 with five RBI and two runs in addition to the bombs. He hit his home runs in the first and third innings. Then, his third hit came with the bases loaded in the ninth, and it scored the game-winning run. Cruz is the hottest hitter in the league as he leads baseball with eight home runs while batting .354 with 14 RBI.
Felix Hernandez, SP4/19/2015 8:58:00 AM
Description: Mariners ace Felix Hernandez was dominant Saturday against the Rangers.
Insight: Hernandez went seven innings and allowed just one run on two hits and one walk, while striking out 12. He is now 2-0 with a 2.37 ERA.
Kyle Seager, 3B4/18/2015 10:34:00 AM
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager is 8-for-21 (.381) with two homers and seven RBI versus Texas starter Colby Lewis.
Insight: Seager is off to a slow start (.211, 2 HR, 5 RBI) after a career-best 25 home runs with 96 RBI last season. Perhaps this matchup will help.
Nelson Cruz, LF4/17/2015 11:32:00 AM
Description: Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz has faced Texas starter Yovani Gallardo just three times and he's walked once and taken him yard twice.
Insight: Considering how hot Cruz is this season, league-leading six homers, walking him sounds like a good strategy.
Felix Hernandez, SP4/15/2015 7:04:00 PM
Description: Mariners ace Felix Hernandez will make his usual start on Saturday versus the Rangers.
Insight: Hernandez left his start with tightness in his quad on Sunday, but he appears fine for Saturday. Fantasy owners should not be concerned and all. Leave King Felix in the lineup.
Robinson Cano, 2B4/15/2015 9:26:00 AM
Description: Mariners second basman Robinson Cano smacked his first homer of the season.
Insight: His 2-for-5 night should help the slow start to the season. The dinger was a two-run shot.
Fernando Rodney, RP4/14/2015 9:27:00 AM
Description: Mariners closer Fernando Rodney blew the save Tuesday against the Dodgers.
Insight: After letting up three runs last time out, Rodney's mishaps cost the team more this time. He allowed two runs on three hits and one walk, and now owns a 16.20 ERA.
Nelson Cruz, LF4/12/2015 7:34:00 PM
Description: Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz homered for the second straight day, and this one was massive.
Insight: After Seattle blew a four run lead int he ninth, Cruz came up big with a 10th inning homer. It was his lone ht in four at-bats, and he now has two dingers on the season.
Fernando Rodney, RP4/12/2015 7:27:00 PM
Description: Mariners closer Fernando Rodney escaped being the goat Sunday versus Oakland.
Insight: Rodney entered the ninth in a non-save situation, with a four run lead. He went on to allow four runs on four hits and two walks. However, Nlson Cruz bailed him out with a 10th inning homer.
Felix Hernandez, SP4/12/2015 6:06:00 PM
Description: Mariners ace Felix Hernandez allowed three runs Sunday against Oakland, and left the game with tightness in his quad.
Insight: Hernandez had just 81 pitches over five innings, but did leave in line for the win. He allowed three hits and two walks, and struck out only one. Consider Hernandez day-to-day for now.
Kendrys Morales, DH4/12/2015 9:59:00 AM
Description: Royals designated hitter Kendrys Morales went 3-for-4 in the, 6-4, victory over the Angels on Saturday.
Insight: Morales is off to a good start in Kansas City, hitting .400 in the first five games. The Royals are off to a great start too with a perfect 5-0 record. Morales also has a homer and four RBI.
Nelson Cruz, LF4/11/2015 8:02:00 PM
Description: Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz had his best day of the young season as he went 3-for-5 in the, 5-4, victory over the Athletics on Saturday.
Insight: Cruz had two singles and a three-run homer in the eighth. Cruz had just one hit in the first four games of the season, so it's nice to see the 2014 home run king have a nice Saturday.
Nelson Cruz, LF4/8/2015 9:34:00 AM
Description: Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz registered his first hit with the Mariners on Tuesday.
Insight: Cruz had one of the two hits Seattle recorded versus the Angels as the Mariners lost, 2-0. Cruz was 1-for-3 in the shutout loss. He will probably not hit 40 homers again, but Cruz is a decent option at left field.
Kyle Seager, 3B4/7/2015 10:18:00 AM
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager is an ugly 3-for-33 (.091) with 15 strikeouts against Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson.
Insight: Seager signed a big contract in the offseason after a career-best 25 home runs with 96 RBI. Don't expect much from him on Tuesday.
Felix Hernandez, SP4/6/2015 7:20:00 PM
Description: Mariners ace Felix Hernandez pitched a gem on Opening Day against the Angels, allowing one run on two hits in seven innings while also striking out 10 batters.
Insight: Hernandez also had just one walk. The lone run he allowed was a solo home run to Mike Trout in the first inning. Hernandez is a fantasy ace this season.
Mike Zunino, C4/6/2015 10:33:00 AM
Description: Mariners catcher Mike Zunino is a power-hitting catcher, but he hasn't had much success against Monday's pitcher, Jered Weaver.
Insight: Zunino is just 1-of-13 with five strikeouts versus Weaver. Zunino's 22 homers of a season ago came with a .199 batting average and 158 strikeouts, so for fantasy owners he's an all-or-nothing type of hitter. Monday is likely the nothing.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP3/29/2015 10:30:00 AM
Description: Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma gave up four runs in five innings versus the Giants on Saturday.
Insight: Iwakuma could have been a bit rusty as he hadn't pitched in a week and a half. Iwakuma should improve upon his numbers from last season: 3.52 ERA, 154 strikeouts versus just 21 walks in 179 innings, so owners shouldn't let this start both them.
Kyle Seager, 3B3/29/2015 10:27:00 AM
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager hit a solo home run versus Giants starter Jake Peavy on Saturday.
Insight: Seager is hitting .300 with three home runs and 10 RBI this month after signing a huge contract extension in the offseason. Owners should not sleep on Seager, who is coming off a career-best season in 2014 when he hit 25 home runs with 96 RBI.
Taijuan Walker, SPHot3/26/2015 9:55:00 AM
Description: Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker may be maturing right in front of our eyes.
Insight: After tossing another six scoreless innings on Wednesday, the 22-year-old has gone 18 innings this spring without yielding an earned run. Make sure you include him in your draft lists.
Chris Taylor, SS3/14/2015 11:40:00 AM
Description: Seattle shortstop Chris Taylor injured his right wrist Friday and is not in the Mariners lineup on Saturday.
Insight: It doesn't appear to be too serious. Taylor is battling Brad Miller for the starting job and his spring training batting average of .421 to date is certainly giving him the upper hand.
Rickie Weeks, 2B3/12/2015 11:50:00 AM
Description: Former Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks is dealing with a hamstring issue and will likely miss a couple of days.
Insight: Weeks is expected to platoon in left field with Dustin Ackley. He's a career .261 hitter with an .834 OPS against southpaws versus a .244 hitter with a .748 OPS against right-handers.
Michael Saunders, RF3/11/2015 10:04:00 AM
Description: Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders is expected to take live batting practice on Wednesday according to FOX Sports 1.
Insight: This is a good sign for Saunders who underwent surgery a week and a half ago to repair his meniscus. FOX Sports 1 reports Saunders has a good chance to play on Opening Day.
Nelson Cruz, LF3/6/2015 10:25:00 AM
Description: Seattle DH/OF Nelson Cruz began his Cactus League season by belting a two-run homer Thursday versus San Diego.
Insight: Cruz leaves hitter-friendly Baltimore for pitcher-friendly Seattle and will be hard-pressed to match last season's 40 homer output, but simply being in the lineup should help Robinson Cano and the top of the Mariners order.
Jesus Montero, DH3/4/2015 8:33:00 PM
Description: Mariners' Jesus Montero had two singles in two at-bats in his spring training debut on Wednesday versus the Padres.
Insight: Montero lost 45 pounds over the winter, so he is close to being back to his top prospect self. Montero will likely start the season in the minors, but a hot spring could change things.
James Paxton, SP3/2/2015 12:49:00 PM
Description: Mariners left-hander James Paxton is scheduled to throw in the bullpen Tuesday, according to beat writer Bob Dutton.
Insight: Paxton had fallen and injured his forearm and has been taking his time returning. He should be ready for the season and could be a viable fantasy starter. He went 6-4 last season with a 3.04 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 13 starts, but has huge upside with his 94 mph fastball.
Rickie Weeks, 2B3/2/2015 12:16:00 PM
Description: Former Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks will platoon in left field with Dustin Ackley, according to his manager.
Insight: Weeks didn't hit for a high average against left-handers last season (.256), but did pound out seven homers and a solid .865 OPS in just 133 at-bats.
Dustin Ackley, LF3/2/2015 12:10:00 PM
Description: Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley will be in a platoon situation with Rickie Weeks, according to Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon.
Insight: Ackley's splits against left-handers warranted the move. He batted just .212 with a .553 OPS in 151 at-bats last season versus southpaws. This will kill any long-term fantasy value.
Chris Taylor, SS2/28/2015 12:52:00 PM
Description: Seattle shortstop Chris Taylor will have to beat out Brad Miller in spring training if he wants to be the starter.
Insight: Neither figures to be anywhere near the top of the order. Miller batted .221 with 10 HR, 36 RBI and a .653 OPS in 367 at-bats last season, Taylor hit .287 with no homers, nine RBI and a .692 OPS in 136 at-bats. Taylor is thought to be the better fielder.
Brad Miller, SS2/28/2015 12:50:00 PM
Description: Mariners shortstops Brad Miller and Chris Taylor will compete for the starting job, according to manager Lloyd McClendon.
Insight: Neither figures to be anywhere near the top of the order. Miller batted .221 with 10 HR, 36 RBI and a .653 OPS in 367 at-bats, Taylor hit .287 with no homers, nine RBI and a .692 OPS in 136 at-bats. Taylor is thought to be the better fielder.
Rickie Weeks, 2B2/12/2015 1:58:00 PM
Description: Former Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks has apparently agreed to a deal with Seattle, according to Jim Bowden.
Insight: Weeks is expected to play outfield as well as second base, something he balked at for Milwaukee. he hit .274 with eight homers, 29 RBI and an .809 OPS in 252 at-bats last season. He's hit as many as 29 HR in a season and could be a fill-in fantasy option.
Jesus Montero, DH1/22/2015 2:23:00 PM
Description: Mariners trainer Rick Griffin told the Seattle Times that Jesus Montero has his weight down to 235 pounds which is his recommended weight.
Insight: The Tacoma News Tribune reported Montero played at 275 pounds towards the end of last season. Perhaps he was motivated to lose some weight after a scout sent Montero an ice cream cone in the dugout of a Triple-A game last summer. Montero threw the ice cream back at the scout, and the team suspended him for the final weeks of the season. He is talented, but Montero is still not fantasy relevant.
Robinson Cano, 2B12/1/2014 2:12:00 PM
Description: Good news for Mariners second basman Robinson Cano and his fantasy owners,
Insight: Cano will have Nelson Cruz and his 40 home run power protecting him in the lineup next season
Nelson Cruz, LF12/1/2014 2:08:00 PM
Description: Former Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz has signed a four-year deal with Seattle
Insight: Cruz will leave hitter-friendly Baltimore for Seattle and will be hard-pressed to match last season's 40 homer output. He'll likely bat clean up and protect Robinson Cano in the Mariners lineup.
Robinson Cano, 2B11/15/2014 7:56:00 PM
Description: Mariners second basman Robinson Cano has a non-displaced fracture in his right pinkie toe according to MLB.com.
Insight: Cano will need three-to-four weeks to recover. He should resume all baseball activities in the middle of December, and Cano will definitely be ready for training camp.
Danny Hultzen, RP9/30/2014 10:39:00 PM
Description: Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said Tuesday that pitching prospect Danny Hultzen "should be" 100 percent for spring training according to MLB.com.
Insight: Hultzen is making his way back from rotator cuff surgery and threw his third and final instructional league outing Tuesday. He will be shut down until spring training. Hultzen was the No. 2 overall pick in 2011.
Corey Hart, DH9/29/2014 9:56:00 PM
Description: Mariners designated hitter Corey Hart for assignment on Monday.
Insight: Seattle had to make space for Jesus Montero, who came off the suspended list on Monday. Hart will be a free agent this winter.
Felix Hernandez, SP9/28/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Mariners ace Felix Hernandez will need to bounce back from the worst start of his career in order for Seattle to make the playoffs.
Insight: Seattle won and Oakland lost on Saturday as the Mariners stayed alive in the wild card chase. The Mariners send King Felix to the mound after he gave up eight runs to the Blue Jays on Tuesday. Hernandez told mynorthwest.com that he has put the game behind him and that he is going to "Keep fighting, it won't happen again." We wouldn't count on two rough starts in a row from King Felix.
James Paxton, SP9/28/2014 9:30:00 AM
Description: Mariners left-hander James Paxton pitched five 2/3 innings and allowed one run in a no-decision against the Angels on Saturday.
Insight: Paxton had a horrible start in his last outing, giving up eight earned runs in less than three innings, so this was a big bounce-back game for him. He finishes the regular season 6-4 with a 3.04 ERA in 13 starts. Paxton missed most of the first four months with a strained lat.
Logan Morrison, 1B9/28/2014 9:22:00 AM
Description: Mariners LF/1B Logan Morrison went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and walk to help keep Seattle alive for the final wild card spot with a 2-1 extra-inning victory over the Angels on Saturday.
Insight: Seattle will need to beat Los Angeles again on Sunday and hope Oakland loses to Texas in order to force a one-game playoff. The Mariners will start their ace Felix Hernandez. Morrison is hitting .259 with 11 home runs and 38 RBI in 332 at-bats this season.
Kyle Seager, 3B9/27/2014 10:48:00 AM
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager is just 3-for-31 (.097) against Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson.
Insight: Seager is hitting .269 with 25 homers and 95 RBI, but shouldn't be in your lineup Saturday.
Fernando Rodney, RP9/25/2014 7:19:00 PM
Description: Mariners closer Fernando Rodney finishes day for Seattle's bullpen.
Insight: Nine relievers combined for the win against the Blue Jays, with Danny Farquhar getting the victory. Rodney did allow one run, but struck out two. He now has 47 saves on the year, with a 2.80 ERA. Elite stats from the closer position.
Logan Morrison, 1B9/25/2014 7:16:00 PM
Description: Mariners LF/1B Logan Morrison smacks two homers in Thursday's win over Toronto.
Insight: He now has 11 homeruns and 37 RBI on the year, after a 4-RBI afternoon. Morrison is still not fantasy relevant.
Taijuan Walker, SP9/24/2014 9:08:00 PM
Description: Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker takes tough-luck loss to Toronto on Wednesday.
Insight: In a must-win game for Seattle, Walker did his part. The only run he let up in eight innings of work was a two-out bloop RBI double (came in the 8th inning) to Ryan Goins. Walker falls to 2-3 on the year with a healthy 2.61 ERA.
Felix Hernandez, SP9/23/2014 10:02:00 PM
Description: The Blue Jays tagged Mariners starter Felix Hernandez for eight runs on seven hits in four 2/3 innings on Tuesday.
Insight: It was easily Hernandez's worst start of the season. The Mariners ace gave up fewer runs in all of June and all of July. Despite the loss, Hernandez is still 14-6 with a 2.34 ERA but has not won a game since Sept. 3.
Kyle Seager, 3B9/22/2014 10:25:00 PM
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager hit his 25th home run of the season on Monday in the Mariners loss to the Blue Jays.
Insight: Seager went 1-for-4 with two RBI. The homer was a solo shot in the sixth and Seager added an RBI on a grounder in the eighth. Seager is hitting .273 with 94 RBI in addition to the 25 homers this year.
Corey Hart, DH9/22/2014 12:11:00 PM
Description: Seattle DH Corey Hart is a career .476 hitter (10-for-21) with a 1.465 OPS versus Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ.
Insight: Hart doesn't play everyday, but should be out there Monday in this favorable matchup. He rapped out a pair of hits in his last start on Saturday.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP9/21/2014 7:03:00 PM
Description: Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma continues to struggle badly.
Insight: Before today's start, Iwakuma was 1-2 with a 9.69 ERA over his past three outings. Today was not much better as he lasted only 4 1/3 innings, giving up four runs and raising his ERA to 3.54. Iwakuma did manage eight strikeouts, but it was not enough as Seattle fell.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SPCold9/21/2014 10:04:00 AM
Description: Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma needs to figure out a way to get back on track against Houston.
Insight: He has had a nice year for Seattle (14-8, 3.42 ERA), but has been abysmal lately. Over his past three starts, Iwakuma is 1-2 with a 9.69 ERA. Owners, look for other starting pitching options.
Chris Young, SP9/20/2014 10:01:00 PM
Description: Mariners righty Chris Young was knocked around in Saturday's loss to Houston.
Insight: He lasted only three innings, giving up a dreadful seven earned runs. Still, Young has been a pleasant surprise for Seattle this season. He heads into his next start with a 12-9 record and a 3.65 ERA.
Robinson Cano, 2B9/18/2014 3:28:00 PM
Description: Mariners second basman Robinson Cano has a .395 lifetime batting average against Angels pitcher Jered Weaver.
Insight: Cano is 15-for-38 off Weaver, but only has one extra-base hit (a triple). His power numbers are also down in his first year with Seattle as he has just 14 homers. Cano, however, is batting .319 with 34 doubles, 77 RBI and 76 runs.
Dustin Ackley, LF9/18/2014 3:18:00 PM
Description: Mariners left fielder Dustin Ackley is a lifetime .346 (9-for-26) hitter against Angels pitcher Jered Weaver.
Insight: Ackley has three doubles and a home run off Weaver in his career. The left fielder is in a major slump, batting .094 in September, so perhaps this matchup will get him going again.
Taijuan Walker, SP9/18/2014 1:43:00 PM
Description: Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker will start on Friday against the Astros.
Insight: He is starting in place of Roenis Elias, who is likely done for the year with elbow issues. Walker has pitched 24 1/3 innings in three starts and three relief appearances and has a 2.96 ERA this season. He is a worthy flier on Friday.
Roenis Elias, SP9/16/2014 11:59:00 PM
Description: Mariners left-hander Roenis Elias left Tuesday's start against the Angels with left elbow stiffness according to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune.
Insight: Elias allowed two runs on five hits and a walk while also allowing a leadoff single in the fourth before leaving with his injury. Seattle will likely update his status on Wednesday, but don't count on the rookie for any more innings this year.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SPHot9/15/2014 12:18:00 PM
Description: Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma has been solid all season, but has been on the downswing throughout his past three starts.
Insight: While he has managed two wins over his three previous starts, Iwakuma's overall numbers have not been good during that span (2-1, 5.74 ERA). With the Mariners heading to Los Angeles to take on the Angels, it would not be the worst idea to keep Iwakuma on your bench, with him going up against such a potent lineup.
Kyle Seager, 3BCold9/14/2014 12:36:00 PM
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager is a career .308 hitter with two home runs against Athletics pitcher Jon Lester.
Insight: Seager does not have a hit in a week, so it is tough to plug him into the lineup right now. Hopefully he turns it around with a matchup he has had success with in the past. Seager is batting .272 with 23 home runs and 88 RBI this year.
Dustin Ackley, LF9/13/2014 7:06:00 PM
Description: Mariners left fielder Dustin Ackley is not in the starting lineup on Saturday.
Insight: Ackley played Friday but missed all of last week with bone spurs in his left ankle. He is listed as day-to-day.
Dustin Ackley, LF9/9/2014 12:05:00 PM
Description: Mariners left fielder Dustin Ackley was out of the Mariners' lineup Monday against the Astros and is questionable for Tuesday's game.
Insight: Ackley (.251, 11 HR, 60 RBI, 60 runs) left Saturday's game with a left ankle injury and did not return. He has not played since then. Given that he's 0-for-7 with five strikeouts against scheduled starter Collin McHugh, I'd expect he'll get another day off.
Dustin Ackley, LF9/9/2014 10:25:00 AM
Description: Mariners left fielder Dustin Ackley was out of the Mariners' lineup Monday against the Astros and is questionable for Tuesday's game.
Insight: Ackley (.251, 11 HR, 60 RBI, 60 runs) left Saturday's game with a left ankle injury and did not return. He has not played since then.
Dustin Ackley, LF9/8/2014 6:38:00 PM
Description: Mariners left fielder Dustin Ackley is out of the Mariners' lineup again Monday against the Astros.
Insight: Ackley left Saturday's game with a left ankle injury and did not return. He has not returned since then.
Kyle Seager, 3BHot9/8/2014 12:21:00 PM
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager is 6-for-16 (.375) with a double and home run in his career against Astros starter Brad Peacock.
Insight: Seager has been hitting the ball well lately, going 3-for-5 on Saturday and 3-for-4 last Wednesday. In the first week of September, Seager hit .385 with three home runs. With the recent hot streak and favorable matchup, he is a must-start on Monday.
Kyle Seager, 3B9/7/2014 10:11:00 AM
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager went 3-for-5, hitting a two-run home run, as the Mariners beat the Rangers, 4-2, on Saturday.
Insight: The home run was Seager's 23rd of the season, which is a new career high. Seager's 88 RBI is also a career high. The first baseman did have a chance to put the game out of reach but grounded into a double play in the top of the ninth. In the eighth, Seager appeared to jam his ankle trying to round third base, but he finished the game. We will continue to monitor the situation.
Brad Miller, SS9/7/2014 10:00:00 AM
Description: Mariners shortstop Brad Miller went 4-for-4 with a double and stole a base against the Rangers on Saturday.
Insight: Miller's stats will not impress anyone (.215, 10 home runs, 33 RBI) , but he has been hitting better over the last couple weeks. Since Aug. 31, he has gone 9-for-18, and Miller hit a respectable .273 in August. Miller has only played in 107 games though so the bigger question might be how much playing time he gets these last three weeks.
Dustin Ackley, LFHot9/7/2014 9:50:00 AM
Description: Mariners left fielder Dustin Ackley left Saturday's game against the Rangers with a jammed left ankle.
Insight: Ackley is listed as day-to-day. Chris Denorfia will probably start in left field against left-hander Derek Holland on Sunday.
Chris Young, SP9/4/2014 5:18:00 PM
Description: Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon confirmed Thursday that pitcher Chris Young will remain in the starting rotation, according to The Tacoma News Tribune, despite two straight bad starts.
Insight: Young pitched just two-thirds of an inning on Monday and three and 2/3 innings last week, allowing eight combined runs in the two starts. It is nice McClendon is sticking with his veteran down the stretch, but fantasy owners should look elsewhere for their starters.
Felix Hernandez, SPHot9/3/2014 8:18:00 PM
Description: Mariners starter Felix Hernandez out-dueled Jon Lester Wednesday afternoon to earn his 14th win of the season
Insight: The matchup figured to be a low-scoring affair and it was. Hernandez went eight innings yielding just three hits and one run. Fantasy owners can't complain about King Felix's production this season going 14-5 with a 2.18 ERA. He continues to be a top-five fantasy pitcher and now with the improvements to Seattle's lineup can even win his fair share of games.
Chris Young, SP9/1/2014 6:50:00 PM
Description: Seattle starter Chris Young has allowed 11 hits, seven walks and eight earned runs in his last 4 1/3 innings.
Insight: Young has had a great comeback season, going 12-7 with a 3.46 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP in 151 innings, but he may be running out of gas. He's also trying to keep his ERA in the threes even though his FIP is 4.74.
Justin Smoak, 1B9/1/2014 2:24:00 PM
Description: Mainers first baseman Justin Smoak has been recalled from Triple-A Tacoma.
Insight: Smoak was hitting well in the minors, .337 with 40 RBI in 56 games and a .924 OPS, but he hasn't been able to carry that success to the major league level. With the Mariners in a pennant race he probably won't get many opportunities to help fantasy owners.
Taijuan Walker, SP9/1/2014 2:05:00 PM
Description: Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker has been recalled from Triple-A Tacoma.
Insight: The 21-year-old Walker has a 3.60 ERA, but control issues keep him from being a every fifth day option. He's walked 13 in 15 innings this season. It's unknown how the Mariners will use him the rest of the way.
Dustin Ackley, LFHot8/31/2014 10:24:00 PM
Description: Mariners left fielder Dustin Ackley went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI against the Nationals on Sunday.
Insight: Ackley continues hitting well as he has batted .314/.348/.532 since the All-Star break. He also has six home runs and 27 RBI in that time, which is already nearly more than he had in the first half in almost double the amount of games.
Austin Jackson, CF8/31/2014 9:58:00 PM
Description: Mariners center fielder Austin Jackson went 3-for-4 and scored a run on Sunday against the Nationals.
Insight: Jackson has a 11-game winning streak, but in his first month in Seattle, only hit .248 and posted a .596 OPS. It is still a good sign he is starting to heat up a bit.
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.
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.

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