Seattle Mariners news has been really good for the best bullpen in baseball. In the first two games against the Boston Red Sox this weekend, seven relievers have pitched shutout baseball for the Mariners. In Saturday’s game (Aug. 23), starter Chris Young was only able to go 3 2/3 innings, leaving the rest of the game for the bullpen to mop it up. That’s exactly what they did and they really did it in style.
Tom Wilhelmsen came in to pitch 1 1/3 innings, striking out three and allowing no hits. He ended up notching the win for his work, as he pitched the team through the fifth inning. Charlie Furbush then came in and struck out the only two hitters he faced. He was followed by 1 1/3 innings of Danny Farquhar and then Yoervis Medina struck out five hitters over two innings to shut the door. The bullpen went 5 1/3 innings with 11 strikeouts and only two hits against them.
Back on Friday night (Aug. 22) the bullpen had to go 3 1/3 innings to notch a 5-3 victory. Brandon Maurer came in first and kept the game close with 1 1/3 innings of perfect pitching. Dominic Leone then pitched the eighth inning and ended up picking up his sixth win of the season. Then closer Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth inning and got save No. 37. None of the relievers gave up a hit in this game either.
Through the first two games of the series against Boston, the Seattle Mariners’ bullpen has put up some amazing numbers. They pitched 8 2/3 innings of work, gave up just two hits and struck out 13 batters. The bullpen already had the best statistics in baseball coming into this series and it has just gotten better for them.