The Mariners bullpen looks shaky despite a busy offseason
The exceptions to the shaky Mariners bullpen
The 30-year-old journeyman has been absolutely lights out in Spring Training. Casey Sadler has thrown 6.1 innings of fantastic baseball and struck out 12 batters.
I’ll be honest, I am very surprised with how well Sadler has pitched thus far. He only made seven appearances last season but it looks like he locked himself into the Mariners bullpen especially with how bad other relievers have been.
It shouldn’t be much of a surprise that Anthony is pitching well, but it eases our minds that last season wasn’t a fluke for him. Right now, he’s thrown 4.1 innings and allowed just one earned run. He has also struck out four batters without walking any. He will be an important part of the bullpen once again.
Joey was a nice surprise last year alongside Misiewicz and will most likely play a big role again in 2021. His Spring hasn’t been as good as Sadler or Misiewicz, but it’s worth highlighting the good things.
Gerber has thrown six innings and allowed three runs which come out at a 4.50 ERA. He has struck out an impressive eight batters but his ERA is a little higher than we would like.
I have been a huge fan of Aaron Fletcher and am hoping he can become an elite bullpen option in the future. He has struggled in his limited time in the MLB but is looking solid in Spring Training. In 4.2 innings of work, he has allowed just one earned run.
In his four appearances, he owns a 1.93 ERA while allowing six hits, one walk, and striking out eight batters. These are the types of numbers we want to see from Aaron and hope to see more of it this season.
Taylor Guerrieri, Drew Steckenrider, Ian McKinney, Matt Magill, Domingo Tapia
Here are a handful of names that I briefly want to mention. Taylor Guerrieri has thrown 3.1 innings of scoreless baseball and has struck out three batters.
Drew Steckenrider has been delivered four innings of solid pitching and currently owns a 2.25 ERA. He has given up one earned run on three hits and three walks but has struck out five.
Ian McKinney has allowed one run across three innings. McKinney has walked four batters, and struck out three.
Matt Magill has a 3.86 ERA in 2.1 innings pitched. The right-hander has allowed three walks and struck out two.
Last but not least, the former Red Sox reliever Domingo Tapia has thrown two innings of scoreless baseball.
To sum it all up, the Mariners bullpen has some bright spots but it has been disappointing for the most part. The competition is fierce this year and it will be interesting to see who makes the cut in the next couple of weeks.