Seattle Mariners Game Recap: Lose, Lose Situation

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Mar 15, 2015; Peoria, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Roenis Elias (29) pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Things could not have gone any worse for Roenis Elias on Thursday afternoon against the Milwaukee Brewers. He lasted just 2.2 innings, allowing 6 earned runs on 8 hits, with 1 strikeout and 3 walks. He struggled at times last season locating his fastball early in the count, and that issue plagued him again today.

Roenis Elias made 29 starts and posted a 3.85 ERA in his rookie season in 2014, but after today’s rough outing, his chances of opening the season in the M’s starting rotation went from slim to none. In fairness, Taijuan Walker has been so good this spring that Elias would have had to pitch a perfect game on Thursday to keep pace. The 26-year-old southpaw is 0-2 this spring, and he has posted a subpar 6.75 ERA across 14.2 innings.

Look for Elias to start the year with the Mariners’ triple-A affiliate in Tacoma. However, I expect to see the Guantanamo product start a handful of games this season with the Mariners.

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