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Mariners | Carson Smith closes back-to-back games

Sun, 21 Jun 2015 05:14:19 -0700

Seattle Mariners RP Carson Smith recorded his fifth save of the season Saturday, June 20, against the Houston Astros. Smith came on with two runners on base and two outs in the eighth inning and retired all four batters he faced.

Fantasy Tip: Smith closed out back-to-back games against the Astros, as he continues to roll with the closer's job for the Mariners. There's not much reason to fear Fernando Rodney reclaiming the job any time soon.

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Mariners | Carson Smith locks down fourth save

Sat, 20 Jun 2015 06:17:29 -0700

Seattle Mariners RP Carson Smith registered his fourth save of the season during the Mariners' 5-2 win over the Houston Astros Friday, June 19.

Fantasy Tip: For the season, Smith has a 1.59 ERA, a 0.74 WHIP and a 10.8 K/9. He has allowed five earned runs all season over 30 appearances, and he should be safe in the closer role. However, he might not have the longest leash. For now, former-closer Fernando Rodney is nothing more than a desperation stash for save chasers.

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Mariners | Fernando Rodney could see save chances

Thu, 18 Jun 2015 06:42:26 -0700

Seattle Mariners RP Fernando Rodney could see save opportunities on days that RP Carson Smith is unavailable, according to manager Lloyd McClendon.

Fantasy Tip: Smith hasn't done anything to lose his grip on the position, but McClendon has said multiple times that they want Rodney to be their guy. Hold on to Rodney in leagues you have space to do so because it seems like a matter of time before the job is his again.

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Mariners | Carson Smith remains closer

Wed, 17 Jun 2015 20:36:34 -0700

Seattle Mariners RP Carson Smith will remain the team's closer for now, manager Lloyd McClendon said Wednesday, June 17. RP Fernando Rodney will remain in a setup role.

Fantasy Tip: Smith has a 1.67 ERA in 28 appearances and he has converted in each of his two save chances since being handed the ninth-inning role. He remains a useful option in all AL-only standard fantasy leagues and some mixed formats.

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Mariners | Carson Smith records another save

Tue, 09 Jun 2015 23:31:31 -0700

Seattle Mariners RP Carson Smith recorded his second straight save Tuesday, June 9, but allowed a run in doing so.

Fantasy Tip: Smith has two saves in the last three days while Fernando Rodney works on mechanical issues. Smith should be picked up everywhere possible because he has the stuff to keep the closer role if Rodney can't figure it out.

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Mariners | Fernando Rodney not ready for closer role

Tue, 09 Jun 2015 17:00:20 -0700

Seattle Mariners RP Fernando Rodney is not ready to return to the team's closer role, according to manager Lloyd McClendon. McClendon said it's up to pitching coach Rick Waits as to when Rodney has fixed his mechanical issues and is ready to return to the role. Rodney was removed from the ninth-inning duties over the weekend and RP Carson Smith filled in to record the save Saturday, June 6. Rodney has given up a run in nine of his last 13 outings since May 4, and his ERA has risen to 6.94. However, McClendon doesn't think Smith is ready for the full-time closer duties, and he even mentioned RPs Charlie Furbush and Mark Lowe as candidates to see save chances. For now, Rodney will face left-handed hitters, who are hitting only .256 against him compared to .346 for right-handers. Rodney hasn't pitched since taking the loss last Friday.

Fantasy Tip: Rodney should still be owned in all leagues, since McClendon isn't ruling out him returning to the closing role eventually. In the meantime, Smith should see the majority of the save chances, but there's a possibility Furbush or Lowe will sneak in for a closure or two. Obviously don't make much of an investment in the secondary candidates if you're desperate for saves.

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Mariners | Fernando Rodney taking break from closing

Sun, 07 Jun 2015 19:44:59 -0700

Seattle Mariners RP Fernando Rodney wasn't available to pitch in almost any circumstance against the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday, June 7, according to manager Lloyd McClendon. Rodney was in the bullpen working on pitching mechanics with pitching coach Rick Waits, and McClendon said he's unsure how he'll work Rodney back into game situations. Rodney currently has three blown saves and a 6.94 ERA. RP Carson Smith figures to move into the closer role as a result, but the Mariners are hesitant to use Smith for three games in a row. Smith worked three times in four days late last month and the velocity on his power sinker was down and he admitted to being fatigued. As a result, the Mariners may not use Smith to start every inning in a save chance, and McClendon mentioned RP Charlie Furbush if the team is facing left-handed hitters.

Fantasy Tip: Smith is probably owned in most leagues already for his nice numbers as a setup man, but he should now be owned everywhere. Hang onto Rodney, as McClendon hasn't indicated that he won't be able to win the job back. But it's a good idea to bench Rodney for the foreseeable future, and hopefully you were able to handcuff Smith to him.

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Mariners | Fernando Rodney out as closer?

Sun, 07 Jun 2015 04:12:01 -0700

Seattle Mariners RP Fernando Rodney may have lost his hold on the closer job. He has a 2-3 record and 6.94 ERA, and Rodney has blown two saves in the past two weeks. RP Carson Smith got the save in a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday, June 6.

Fantasy Tip: Manager Lloyd McClendon said Smith, Mark Lowe and Charlie Furbush would be used in situations moving forward, but he did mention Rodney would have a chance to get some things straightened out from a mechanical standpoint. The big question is what took so long in the first place to make this move. If you have Rodney, the best thing to do is bench him and avoid the Seattle relief situation entirely.

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Mariners | Seattle sticking with Fernando Rodney

Wed, 03 Jun 2015 14:07:42 -0700

Seattle Mariners RP Fernando Rodney has an 8.50 ERA in the last five weeks, but manager Lloyd McClendon said Wednesday, June 3, that he has no intention of removing Rodney from the closer's role. Rodney blew his second save in his last three chances against the New York Yankees Tuesday, June 2, and he's allowed 17 hits and six walks in his last 12 appearances. His three blown saves this year equal the total he blew from all of 2014. Rodney has 14 saves this year but an ERA of 6.85, and opponents are batting .308 off him.

"Rodney has struggled a little bit," McClendon said. "So has everybody else. But the fact is, he's our closer. We need him. We're going to need him to be successful. People talk very lightly about changing closers, and that's fine. But you have to have somebody to do it. You don't just throw anybody in the ninth inning and say, 'Well, let him do it.'" RP Carson Smith has an ERA of 1.17 in 24 outings as the setup man, but he's mainly faced right-handers. McClendon expressed his reluctance to go to Smith because of his inexperience and unwillingness to use him on back-to-back days. McClendon mentioned RP Danny Farquhar as a player with closing experience, but he's currently in the minors.

Fantasy Tip: If you own Rodney, hopefully you already handicapped him with Carson Smith. If not, you may be left in the dust without a closer soon. Bench Rodney until he can turn things around in the meantime. There's no reason why Smith should be available on any waiver wires.

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Mariners | Carson Smith going for record

Fri, 01 May 2015 15:33:06 -0700

Seattle Mariners RP Carson Smith has 18 1/3 scoreless innings in 20 appearances to begin his major league career, which are both team records. His run of 20 straight scoreless outings is now tied for the third longest streak in major league history to begin a career.

Fantasy Tip: While Smith isn't in the picture for save chances in Seattle behind the likes of Fernando Rodney, Yoervis Medina and Danny Farquhar, he remains valuable in deep mixed and AL-only leagues for his high strikeout totals. He could eventually enter the saves picture if Rodney faces an injury or another poor stretch, too.

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