Saturday Sep 13
McClendon likes Wilhelmsen in bullpen
While versatile right-hander Tom Wilhelmsen was mentioned in midseason as a potential starting candidate down the road by manager Lloyd McClendon, Seattle's skipper said Saturday he thinks the 30-year-old might be too valuable in the bullpen to mess with that success. Wilhelmsen made one spot start for the Mariners just before the All-Star break, but otherwise has been a bullpen stalwart with a 2.06 ERA in 74 1/3 innings over 51 appearances.
Rangers shut out Mariners: Two Texas pitchers combine on 4-hitter in 2-0 victory over Seattle
It's hard not to look at Monday's 2-0 loss to struggling Texas as anything but a missed opportunity for the Seattle Mariners in their quest to end a 12-year postseason drought.
A few random thoughts and notes on the Mariners
Some people have emailed or tweeted demanding me to follow the Jay Buhner mantra - expletives included - of focusing on the division title, not the wild card.
Felix Hernandez reaches 200 strikeouts for a sixth consecutive season
Felix Hernandez stands alone. With a second-inning strikeout of Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts , the Mariners' starter became the only pitcher to strike out at least 200 batters in each of the last six seasons.