Mariners Spring Training Preview: The Bullpen

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Sep 18, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen (54) watches from the dugout in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Candidates (in alphabetical order):

And…..

 

Spots To Fill?

For most teams in the American League, the 25-man roster will consist of five starting pitchers, seven relief pitchers, two catchers, six infielders, and five outfielders– with one of the infielders/outfielders/catchers also being a regular DH. Though for the Mariners we have more DHs than lockers in the locker room.

So let’s assume– yes, I know what assuming does we have discussed it before– that the Mariners start the season with seven guys in the bullpen.

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  • maqman

    From what I have read I don’t believe Pryor will be available to start the season. They traded a good arm in Capps for a backup to the backup first baseman in LoMo. If they start the season without another experienced arm in the back of the rotation then the bullpen will probably end up overworked again. Walker, Paxton, Ramirez or Maurer are probably not going to pitch deep into games if we have to use three of them in the rotation. Although it will be hard for any three professional pitchers to compete with the black hole that Saunders Harang and Bonderman constituted last season. I think Rodney will not be worth his paychecks but Wilhelmsen will be, not that I expect Rodney to fork them over. The rotation and bullpen are the holes in this team but the biggest question is if the “kids” are going to start to produce or not. So far only Seager has shown he has the Right Stuff.