3 Observations from the Mariners Loss to the Angels

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Feb 26, 2015; Peoria, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners pitcher Tyler Olson poses for a portrait during photo day at Peoria Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

25-year-old LOOGY Tyler Olson made his Major League debut Tuesday night in Seattle. Olson had as good of a first outing as humanly possible. Olson entered the game in the top of the 9th inning with a runner on first base and 1 out. He was tasked with retiring veteran shortstop Erick Aybar. Olson induced an inning ending 5-4-3 twin killing on the very first pitch of his MLB career.

The Gonzaga alum, and Spokane, WA native was brilliant for the Mariners in spring training. After entering camp as a relative unknown, Olson did not allow an earned run across 12.2 Cactus League innings. He tallied 15 punch-outs, and did not issue a free pass.

Charlie Furbush is entrenched as the go-to southpaw in the Mariners’ bullpen, but Tyler Olson looked like a big leaguer on Tuesday night. The M’s recently inked LHP Joe Beimel, but if Olson keeps pitching the way he is right now, Beimel may never get a chance with the Mariners.

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