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Seattle Mariners starting rotation: Roenis Elias, Chris Young make 2014 rotation

Chris Young will be the No. 5 starter for the Seattle Mariners in 2014.
Chris Young will be the No. 5 starter for the Seattle Mariners in 2014.
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Seattle Mariners starting rotation news updates the five guys slated for 2014. Making the 2014 Seattle Mariners starting rotation are Felix Hernandez, Erasmo Ramirez, James Paxton, Roenis Elias, and Chris Young. According to a report from late Friday (March 29), the team decided to promote Elias and sign Young as a free agent due to two guys getting sent to the disabled list to open the season. It could get very interesting to see what the team does when the two pitchers return from injury.

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This will be the first time since 1993 that the M's enter the regular season with two rookie starting pitchers. Back then it was Mike Hampton and John Cummings that got the nod for a team that was trying to find some consistency. Paxton and Elias could be joined by Walker during the month of May, but it's also possible that Elias finds himself at Triple-A Tacoma in order to clear that spot. It could all depend on how the young arms do during the month of April and whether Young can find the success he had back in 2007 with the San Diego Padres again.

Erasmo Ramirez is one guy that analysts will closely watch after putting up some spectacular numbers in Spring Training. He pitched in six games, posting a 1.14 ERA and 0.85 WHIP over 23 2/3 innings. He also allowed only two walks compared to 20 strikeouts, showing that he might have finally figured things out. Roenis Elias had a 2.38 ERA and 1.28 WHIP over 22 2/3 innings and James Paxton had a 3.18 ERA and 1.18 WHIP over 17 innings. Though the numbers don't count in the regular season, it certainly looks like the staff is much better than it was in 2013.

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