The Farther They Go, The Fresher The Mariners Bullpen Arms Become

Jason Smarr
Aug 12, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Marco Gonzales (7) celebrates following the final out of a 3-1 complete game victory against the Texas Rangers at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 12, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Marco Gonzales (7) celebrates following the final out of a 3-1 complete game victory against the Texas Rangers at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports /
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Marco Gonzales has found his front-of-the-line starter abilities and has contributed to the pitching staff’s streak of starts that have seen each pitcher go at least 5 innings. Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports
Marco Gonzales has found his front-of-the-line starter abilities and has contributed to the pitching staff’s streak of starts that have seen each pitcher go at least 5 innings. Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports /

Marco Gonzales has kept the bullpen arms fresh in his last three starts.

Marco Gonzales has led the way with innings pitched over his last three starts, pitching 21.2 innings while giving up only 2 earned runs. In those starts, the bullpen has only been used for 6 innings, with an average of just under 3 bullpen arms having to be used per outing. Gonzales has been waiting for his “dad strength” to kick in.

Well, I think Marco has definitely received his dad strength now! He was even considerate enough to give his bullpen a gift yesterday and with the bullpen getting a full day of rest, they will be refreshed and ready to go as they head into a series vs the Blue Jays that has Wild Card implications.

Fun fact: Marco has thrown exactly 108 pitches in his last two starts. The only difference between the two outings was that he pitched 6.2 innings on August 6th and yesterday he threw a complete game (9 innings). His ability to limit the need for bullpen arms to be used has been much appreciated. Earlier in the season, we were wondering what was wrong with Marco Gonzales, but now we are just grateful that he has returned to form.

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