Unlocking James Paxton

Theory: the Mariners want to be good soon. I haven’t talked about that with anyone in the industry, so I might be way off, but it’s the assumption I’m going to work with. Another assumption follows: if the Mariners want to be good soon, they probably figure James Paxton could and should be a part of it. The Mariners, probably, want Paxton to become a major contributor as soon...
Via Fangraphs
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Insider Scouting: James Paxton AFL Update

Scout Adam McInturff saw James Paxton’s outing Wednesday night in the Arizona Fall League. He provides scouting notes from the game, while weighing in on trade rumors surrounding the Mariners southpaw.  James Paxton’s season was officially over on September 29, when then-manager Lloyd McClendon confirmed that lingering left hand and finger issues would shut down […]
Via Baseball Essential
13 days ago  |  Discuss

The Two 2015 Free Agents That Can Turn The Seattle Mariners (Back?) Into A Contender

I’ll admit, the title of this post is highly inaccurate. Baseball isn’t like football or basketball, where any one or two guys can make enough of a difference to matter. It’s a collaborative effort, split evenly between the nine players on the diamond through the nine innings of regulation, that yields success in the national pastime. That being said, two players whose contracts...
Via Oregon Sports News
October 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Minor League Update: Games of Monday, August 19th by Wilson Karaman

Notes on prospects who stood out in the desert and abroad, including A`s infielder Renato Nunez and Mariners lefty James Paxton.
Via Baseball Prospectus
October 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Mariners Series Recap: Mariners make sure the Rangers didn’t enjoy their weekend

Jesus Sucre hitting a dinger! Just kidding. The Texas Rangers hosted your Seattle Mariners for a 3 game series this weekend that had some poor results for the home team. The Mariners’ season may be over, but they still can play the fun role of spoiler, which they definitely did their best to do this weekend. The M’s took 2 of 3 from a Texas team that is desperately holding off...
Via Seattle Side Up!
September 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Mariners' Paxton says he's ready for rehab stint

There's yet another update regarding the progress of Seattle Mariners left-hander James Paxton, sidelined since May with a strained left middle finger. On Tuesday, Paxton threw a 30-pitch simulated game at Globe Life Park in Arlington, and emerged from it feeling pretty upbeat. Said Paxton to MLB.com's Greg Johns: "It felt great. I just wanted to get the ball down, execute a few...
Via Fox Sports
August 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Mariners' Paxton making progress, but 2015 return uncertain

Lefty James Paxton has been out of action for the Seattle Mariners since late May, when a strained tendon in his middle finger forced him to the disabled list. He hasn't yet made enough progress to get back on the mound for the M's, and there doesn't seem to be a guarantee that he will do so again this season.  Back in mid-July, he was still experiencing 'soreness' in the finger...
Via Fox Sports
August 11, 2015  |  Discuss

A First Look at Jon Gray

There’s no questioning that the Colorado Rockies’ rotation has been awful this season. In fact, by way of FIP-, the 2015 Rockies have the third worst rotation since 1915. As of this writing, not a single Rockies pitcher with more than 10 starts has a FIP that’s even above-average this year — which leaves fans with little to look forward to. That’s about to change, though...
Via Fangraphs
August 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Analyzing the Seattle Mariners’ struggles in 2015

Just a few seasons ago, the future of the Seattle Mariners seemed so bright. With Mike Zunino, Taijuan Walker, and James Paxton, among several others, soon to make their way to Safeco Field, the Mariners seemed destined to become an AL West powerhouse in the near future. Evidently, that has not been the case as the 2015 Mariners have severely disappointed after having high expectations...
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July 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Mariners' Paxton still dealing with soreness in injured finger

The latest update regarding Seattle Mariners lefty James Paxton doesn't sound especially promising regarding a potential quick return.Though Paxton, dealing with a strained left middle finger, was initially hoped to be able to return in early August, that will not happen. As MLB.com's Greg Johns updated over the weekend, Paxton is still dealing with enough soreness to keep his projected...
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July 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Mariners' Paxton may not return before August

Seattle Mariners lefty James Paxton hit the disabled list in late May with a strained tendon in his middle finger. In an update provided by Bob Dutton of the News Tribune on Tuesday night, it was revealed that Paxton won't be making a return to the Mariners for the foreseeable future. In fact, Dutton refers to any return before August being 'optimistic'. The reason for the delay...
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June 24, 2015  |  Discuss

James Paxton to miss time with strained tendon in finger

Seattle Mariners left-handed starter James Paxton left his start early on Thursday with a 'twinge' in his finger, and that turned out to be worthy of a stint on the disabled list.  That was the word on Friday, when the club placed him on the 15-day D.L. with a diagnosis of a strained tendon in his middle finger (via Bob Dutton of the News Tribune).  The team is preparing itself...
Via Fox Sports
May 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Seattle LHP Paxton placed on DL with strained finger

SEATTLE (AP) Left-hander James Paxton became a second key member of the Seattle Mariners' rotation to be placed on the disabled list, joining righty Hisashi Iwakuma. The Mariners put Paxton on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with a strained middle finger tendon on his throwing hand. He felt it after 2-0 pitch to Brandon Moss in the fifth inning Thursday and was immediately removed...
Via AP on Fox
May 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Mariners' Paxton leaves start early with 'twinge' in finger

Seattle Mariners left-hander James Paxton was forced out of Thursday night’s start against the Cleveland Indians after he experienced some ‘discomfort’ in the middle finger of his pitching hand. At the point he was removed, the score was 4-1 Indians (they’d go on to beat Seattle 5-3). As Doug Miller of MLB.com reported, Paxton later explained what happened: after going 2...
Via Fox Sports
May 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Daily Pitcher Duels: May 28

Worn out by such great action yesterday, MLB returns with a very limited slate on this Thursday. Just 14 teams are in action, with the White Sox and Orioles taking in a doubleheader. Check ’em out: Corey Kluber (CLE) vs. James Paxton (SEA) 10:10 p.m. ET You’ll have to wait until late to see today’s preferred matchup, though that’s pretty indicative of the action on...
Via The Sports Post
May 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners 3, Toronto Blue Jays 2: Cool Canadian Paxton controls the fierce Blue Jays offense

The Cool Canadian returned home to start an early game today, earning his 3rd win in as many starts. James Paxton had a rough start to the inning, earning a visit from McClendon early in the 1st inning. But the breather did the trick and the young hurler settled in for 6 innings of quality work. The M’s bullpen did their part, carrying the 7th-9th innings with dominance. Tom Wilhelmsen...
Via Seattle Side Up!
May 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Mariners Blank Sox; Split Series

The Red Sox lead the series 2-1 coming into Sunday’s day game.  The Sox had knuckleballer Steven Wright on the mound vs. James Paxton for the Mariners.  Wright was recently called up to replace Justin Masterson in the rotation.  Wright gave up a few runs, but had himself a positive spot start.  However since the Sox offense couldn’t scratch out a single run against the Mariners...
Via Fenway West
May 18, 2015  |  Discuss

James Paxton, Mariners Blank Sox 5-0 To Split Series

With a scheduled day off on Monday after a long 10-game road trip, manager John Farrell decided to give slugger David Ortiz a day off, and slide Hanley Ramirez into the DH spot. It didn’t work out, as Boston (18-20) got blanked 5-0 by the Mariners (17-20) on Sunday.
Via CLNS Radio
May 17, 2015  |  Discuss

James Paxton leads Mariners over Red Sox 5-0

SEATTLE (AP) James Paxton stretched his scoreless streak to a career-best 20 innings, and the Seattle Mariners defeated the Boston Red Sox 5-0 Sunday. Paxton (2-2) allowed five hits in eight innings, struck out two and walked two, and Carson Smith pitched a perfect ninth. Miller snagged a hard hit groundball at shortstop from Dustin Pedroia to strand Blake Swihart at third base...
Via AP on Fox
May 17, 2015  |  Discuss

SSU Baseball Recap: San Diego Padres 4, Seattle Mariners 11

Two of the things that stand out the most, from what I learned about pitching from Jaime Moyer’s biography, was what to look for when judging a pitcher’s current mental state and what they may or may not be possible of doing going forward.  Today, a mild May evening in the Emerald City, James Paxton took a 4-0 lead into the top of the 2nd and proceeded to walk the bases loaded...
Via Seattle Side Up!
May 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Mariners Weekly Preview: Friars and Sox

San Diego Padres vs. Seattle Mariners Tuesday, May 12th vs. SD Padres 7:10 PM PST James Paxton (LHP) 0-2 vs. Ian Kennedy (RHP) 2-1 Wednesday, May 13th vs. SD Padres 7:10 PM PST TBD vs. James Shields (RHP) 4-0 The Mariners geographically assigned most hated rivals come into town for a quick 2 game series on Tuesday. It will be a bit of a challenge as the Padres are not the team...
Via Seattle Side Up!
May 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Daily DraftKings Picks: Monday, May 4

When last we spoke, I was recommending a risky Astros stack against James Paxton while rolling with Scott Feldman against Paxton’s Mariners. Sometimes stacking a team like Houston with a $5,700 starting pitcher works out great. Other times it doesn’t. On Thursday, it didn’t. Feldman and Alfredo Simon both flopped, and only one batter (Jose Altuve) topped 5.00 points. Bad days...
Via Baseball Professor
May 04, 2015  |  Discuss

SSU Baseball Recap: Seattle Mariners 2, Houston Astros 3

Jose Altuve hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning tonight to finish off the Mariner’s hopes. It was a tough pitcher’s duel all night between James Paxton and Astro’s starter Scott Feldman; both went 7 innings and left the game at a 2-2 tie. The tie would last until the 10th, when Altuve hit a single off the wall to end it. Paxton was on target tonight, lasting...
Via Seattle Side Up!
May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Daily SP Rankings: Thursday, Apr 30

Thursday is a short day for baseball with just eight games on the slate. As of this initial posting, St. Louis’ starter is TBD, and we’ll get a chance to see whether the real Stephen Strasburg is still MIA against the Mets. Mike Leake ranks third on the day in his road start against Shelby Miller and the Braves, a pairing of two undervalued SP (from a fantasy perspective)....
Via Baseball Professor
April 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Daily SP Rankings: Weekend, Apr 25-27

Week 3’s weekend is here, meaning it’s time to get those final streaming SP for your big late-week push! Here’s how they rank. Despite the rough start, James Paxton is going to be OK. Start him with confidence Saturday against the Twins. Chris Archer has been a machine this season, and he’s already dominate the Blue Jays once. He’ll try to do it again on Sunday. Cole...
Via Baseball Professor
April 24, 2015  |  Discuss
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