A week ago Yusei Kikuchi was on the bump, and the Mariners took the loss in a crucial game. Now a week later the Mariners will skip his start. They will instead start Tyler Anderson who only threw 54 pitches in his previous start due to a bad outing.
So with Anderson starting, Yusei Kikuchi will be available out of the bullpen if he is needed.
The Mariners are also promoting the 10th prospect, Matt Brash. The young starting pitcher has been on a fast track to the MLB. Brash last threw in a game on Sept. 16 for Double-A Arkansas, but he’s kept his arm active since. In 20 outings between Arkansas and High-A Everett, Brash has a 2.31 ERA and has struck out 142 in 97 1/3 innings for a rate of 35.1 percent. He has a fastball that touches 100 mph, a wipeout slider, and a gnarly changeup that has made him borderline unhittable at times. Justus Sheffield would’ve been another option, but the Mariners demoted him to Tacoma on Monday in light of his struggles, putting an end to a disappointing season for the 25-year-old. It’s possible that he could be back if the Mariners have a pitching injury, but it’s unlikely.
“You come into those ballgames, even if you’re down a few runs, you’re hoping to keep them there, or at least do your job, so we don’t maybe have to burn through some other guys in the bullpen because everybody does have a job to do,” Servais said. “Sheff struggled with throwing strikes. I know he’ll get back on track, but where we’re at in the season, we thought we need to make a change there.”
The promotion of Matt Brash has been confirmed.
Divish also confirmed what the expectation is. As for Kikuchi, his spot in the rotation may be gone for the season if the Mariners stay in this goose race for the Wildcard spots. The Mariners are 1.5 games behind with 5 games to go.
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