The strength of the 2014 Mariners was pitching, especially a strong bullpen. They were 25-20 with a Major League leading 2.59 ERA with batting average against of .219.
But relief pitching is rarely consistent from year to year and this year they are blowing it-literally. They are 21st in ERA at 4.06, and have won 3 and lost 9, the most in baseball. They are responsible for 9 of the 17 losses. And five of their last six losses have been by one run.
What is curious is one of the changes in the bullpen Seattle recently made. Joe Beimel replacing rookie Tyler Olsen was expected from the left side. But why was Yoervis Medina sent down for Mark Lowe? In 12 innings Medina gave up 11 hits and 7 walks. Though the walks are high he struck out 9 and had an ERA of 3.00. Hardly numbers to be sent down to Tacoma.
Consider that Danny Farquhar who has a 5.02 ERA, has two blown saves, and has a .278 batting average against. Medina .234. Dominic Leone has a 5.40 ERA in 8 innings along with six walks. So why was Medina chosen to be sent down? I wish I had the answer. Some guys get more of a chance then others; maybe Lloyd McClendon saw something he didn’t like in Medina. I know I see something I don’t like in Farquhar and Leone.
Seattle needs answers in the pen and need them soon. Felix has pitched great, Paxton and Elias are now pitching well, and Happ has had only one bad outing. They deserve better then they have gotten of late.
More changes could come soon. And that’s no bull.