Sep 6, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen (54) pitches the ball against the Oakland Athletics during the eighth inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Tom Wilhelmsen – RHP
The Bartender has excelled ever since Lloyd McClendon inserted him as the Mariners’ closer. Tom Wilhelmsen recorded 4 saves this week and did not allow any runs. It’s rare for a M’s closer to be reliable, but that is exactly what Wilhelmsen was this week. The 31-year-old right-hander fanned 5 and walked 1 during his 4 appearances.
Wilhelmsen has had an up and down year, but he appears to have found a home as the Mariners’ closer. The Tucson, AZ product served as the M’s stopper between 2012 and 2013, tallying 53 saves. He has 9 this season already, and is looking like a strong bet to hold the job heading into the offseason.
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