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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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – AUGUST 11:Tyler Anderson has lived up to the expectation the Mariners had for him when they traded two prospects for him: Eat innings and stabilize the rotation. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – AUGUST 11:Tyler Anderson has lived up to the expectation the Mariners had for him when they traded two prospects for him: Eat innings and stabilize the rotation. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) /

Tyler Anderson and Febreze are similar: They keep things fresh.

When the Mariners traded for Tyler Anderson, I was honestly not sold that this was the best idea. When we looked into trading for Tyler Anderson, it seemed like we would be giving up a little too much for a rental. The ultimate cost (catcher Carter Bins and right-hander Joaquin Tejada) ended up being more reasonable than we originally believed.

Plus, if the Mariners are trying to stay competitive and pursue a Wild Card spot this is the right move. Since Anderson has joined the Mariners, he has stabilized the starting rotation and has eliminated the need for bullpen days.

Anderson’s three starts as a Mariner have resulted in him pitching 15.2 innings while giving up 6 earned runs. In his three outings as a Mariner, an average of 4 relief pitchers have been used. His ability to consistently go 5 innings has allowed for there to be minimal surprises for game planning purposes.

The average of 4 relief pitches per outing is beneficial to the Mariners because they know only 4 innings will be needing to be filled with relief pitchers. In my opinion, this trade for Tyler Anderson has already paid off. Hopefully, it will result in Anderson pitching for the Mariners in their first playoff game in 20 years.

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