Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

MLB Predictions: Will Angels & Mariners slug Friday night in Seattle? 8/11/17

MLB Predictions: Will Angels & Mariners slug Friday night in Seattle? 8/11/17

Servais said the Mariners don't yet have a starter lined up to replace injured James Paxton for Tuesday's game against Baltimore. Mike Trout's three-run double in the top of the ninth inning propelled Los Angeles to a 6-3 win in the opener of the four-game set and moved it within one game of the second wild-card spot. But he was not sharp in his attempt at No. 8 and could be headed to the disabled list for the second time this season.

MLB.com's Greg Johns reports that Paxton is expected to be sidelined for up to three weeks, by which point the makeup of the AL wild card standings could look very different. "Obviously, it's disheartening news". Hisashi Iwakuma has been out since early May with shoulder troubles, Felix Hernandez is in his second stint on the disabled list and Paxton could be joining him. "It's been a insane season, really it has been, with all of the injuries". There's no doubt. He's been really, really good. Before Thursday's start, he had won seven in a row. "But we're going to see how it responds here and just try to get back as soon as possible and try to stay positive and do everything I can to get back on the mound as soon as I can".

Paxton said he was told a pectoral strain is an uncommon injury for pitchers, but that would only seem to add to his unique injury history. He's 3-3 with a 3.69 ERA in 11 starts with Tacoma.

Paxton was working his way into the conversation for Cy Young Award consideration.

"I don't know if we have enough guys to keep doing it every day", Mariners manager Scott Servais said.

This was another winnable game that the Mariners just couldn't find a way to win.

Mariners: Marco Gonzales (0-0) makes his second start since being called up from Triple-A Tacoma. It was the longest outing by a Seattle starter since Moore went 6 2/3 innings in a loss to Boston on July 26, a stretch of 13 games. Nolasco is 1-0 with a 2.79 ERA in three starts against the Mariners this season, stands 2-4 with a 3.88 ERA in eight career turns and has served up three homers to both Cruz (8-for-22) and Robinson Cano (7-for-21).

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