Seattle Mariners skipper Lloyd McClendon announced that with the off day on Monday to travel to Texas, Brandon Maurer will skip his next start, giving him some extra rest. Maurer is 1-2 with a 6.00 ERA in five starts. He lasted only 3.2 IP in his last start against the Tampa Bay Rays.
I’m not sure skipping a start is what Brandon Maurer needs, but it’s worth a shot. With James Paxton and Taijuan Walker on track to return to the team as early as late May and early June respectively, perhaps Lloyd is simply trying to limit the damage Maurer can do until reinforcements arrive.
So, the rotation is now set for the coming week in Texas. Hisashi Iwakuma will face Colby Lewis in the opener against the Rangers on Tuesday. Chris Young will get the start Wednesday against Nick Tepesch.
Then the Mariners head home to take on Houston and will send Roenis Elias to the hill on Thursday, Felix Hernandez on Friday and Iwakuma on Saturday. Maurer will then start on Sunday in the finale against the Astros at Safeco.
If all goes according to plan with Paxton’s rehab stint(s), it’s possible that next Sunday’s game against Houston will be the last one we see Maurer pitch for quite some time.