On July 23, the Seattle Mariners were just 8.5 games back in the AL Wild Card race. 11 days later, they now sit 10.5 back with a current four-game losing streak. The reason: their pitching.
In their last four games, the M’s have given up a total of 32 runs. That equates to an ERA of 8.00. With exceptions to Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma, the starters are dreadful. A change needs to come. They have a young prospect waiting in Taijuan Walker. The right-handed 21-year old is currently playing for the Mariners’ Triple-A affliliate, Tacoma Rainiers.
Since being called up to the Triple-A club, Walker is 2-1 with an ERA of 3.09 in six starts. Walker has a fastball in the mid 90s, which is clearly major league level heat. His off-speed pitches still need some fine-tuning, but what else can you expect from a prospect as young as he is?
The club would need to drop a player from the rotation to bring him up, however. One of the better choices would be veteran Aaron Harang,who has an ERA of 5.27 in 18 starts, which is not going to win the M’s many games.
With 53 games left to play, the Mariners’ hope of making the playoffs is quickly disappearing. They need lots of wins and other teams to lose to have a shot. They will try to turn things around as soon as possible starting on Saturday when they play the second game of a three-game series with the Baltimore Orioles.