Seattle Mariners Fantasy Baseball Closer Information and Depth Chart
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|SEA||Oliver Perez||Tom Wilhelmsen||Yoervis Medina||Tom Wilhelmsen||6/19/13|
|Stephen Pryor (DL)|
June 19, 2013
Seattle Mariners – After Eric Wedge used Oliver Perez with a one-run lead in the 7th inning, Tom Wilhelmsen came out for the eighth and immediately surrendered a tying home run to Albert Pujols. When the M’s took the lead back in the top of the 10th, Wedge was able to stick to his original plan of using Yoervis Medina to get the save. No hierarchy change.
June 18, 2013
Seattle Mariners – Carter Capps was summoned in the sixth inning with the Mariners trailing by two. By the time he and Charlie Furbush were done spinning their craft, Seattle was down by nine. Eric Wedge has consistently said that Tom Wilhelmsen’s “mental break” from closing will be short-lived; add that to Monday’s debacle and Wedge’s use of Yoervis Medina in the ninth on Saturday, and you have a recipe for wholesale changes in the Seattle pen. Hierarchy change: Tom Wilhelmsen to Set-up, Yoervis Medina to 2nd in line.
June 15, 2013
Seattle Mariners – Eric Wedge said before Friday’s game that he would give Tom Wilhelmsen some time off from closing. Oliver Perez was the first reliever to get a save chance in his place (which was a bit of a surprise given his 1.32 WHIP), but the lefty converted, and stands to be in a closer-by-committee with Carter Capps and Charlie Furbush until Wilhelmsen rights his ship. Wedge’s comments make it sound as if Wilhelmsen will get the job back if he can turn it around, so we recommend hanging on to him for the time being. Hierarchy change: Oliver Perez to Closer, replacing Tom Wilhelmsen.
June 13, 2013
Seattle Mariners – Tom Wilhelmsen blew a save in spectacular fashion on Wednesday night, and Eric Wedge didn’t sound like a man enamored with his stopper. ”We have to talk about it,” he said. “Obviously, you want to do what’s best for the ball club and Tom, too. … Tom Wilhelmsen is still our closer standing here right now.” Wilhelmsen has now blown four of his last nine save chances. Carter Capps would be the first choice to replace him if he slips any further. Tom Wilhelmsen to Hot Seat.
June 4, 2013
Seattle Mariners – Tom Wilhelmsen gave up a run, but managed to collect the save on Monday night. Further down the bullpen, Yoervis Medina’s usage is worth monitoring; he retired all five men he faced in the seventh and eighth innings. No hierarchy change.
June 2, 2013
Seattle Mariners – Tom Wilhelmsen blew his third save in four chances on Sunday, walking the bases loaded and then allowing a walk-off triple. Eric Wedge didn’t say anything ominous about Wilhelmsen’s job security after the game, saying that closers go through rough spots throughout the season, but should Wilhelmsen blow another save or two, Wedge will have to start considering 8th inning man Carter Capps instead. Also in the conversation is Charlie Furbush, whose high strikeout totals (31 Ks in 23 innings) probably make him a better 9th inning candidate than Oliver Perez. Hierarchy change: Charlie Furbush to 2nd in line, replacing Oliver Perez. Tom Wilhelmsen to Hot Seat.
May 16, 2013
Seattle Mariners – Oliver Perez pitched the 8th inning ahead of Tom Wilhelmsen last night, marking the second time in the past week he’s been used in that spot. Perez, who has a 1.17 ERA, has been the most reliable lefty in the Seattle bullpen all year and has surpassed the erratic Charlie Furbush on the depth chart. Hierarchy change: Oliver Perez to 2nd in line, replacing Charlie Furbush.
April 27, 2013
Seattle Mariners – Charlie Furbush is showing his potential this season, racking up strikeouts at an impressive rate (14 in just 8 innings so far), but he’s also been a bit wild, having walked nearly a batter per inning. He isn’t seeing many high-leverage situations as of late — he pitched in the 7th inning of a game the Mariners were losing last night — while Carter Capps has picked up two 8th inning holds in Stephen Pryor’s absence. Hierarchy change: Carter Capps to Set-up, Charlie Furbush to 2nd in line.
April 19, 2013
Seattle Mariners – Stephen Pryor hit the disabled list earlier this week, so last night, it was Carter Capps who bridged the gap to Tom Wilhelmsen. Capps threw 2 scoreless innings and picked up the win, and could share 8th inning duties with Charlie Furbush until Pryor’s return. Hierarchy change: Charlie Furbush to Set-up, Carter Capps to 2nd in line, Stephen Pryor to DL.
February 24, 2013
Seattle Mariners – Starting 2013 hierarchy: Closer- Tom Wilhelmsen, Set-up- Stephen Pryor, 2nd in line- Charlie Furbush.
September 27, 2012
Seattle Mariners – Stephen Pryor pitched the final 1.1 innings for the Mariners on Wednesday, and was saddled with the loss when Torii Hunter drove in the game winning run in the 9th. But despite the rough outing, Pryor has been stellar as of late, and has been repeatedly trusted in late-inning spots. Hierarchy change: Stephen Pryor to 2nd in line, replacing Charlie Furbush.
September 23, 2012
Seattle Mariners – Josh Kinney pitched the 8th inning ahead of Tom Wilhelmsen on Saturday. Charlie Furbush, one of the most consistent relievers in the Seattle bullpen earlier this year, hasn’t seen much action as of late. Hierarchy change: Josh Kinney to Set-up, Charlie Furbush to 2nd in line.
September 3, 2012
Seattle Mariners – Josh Kinney picked up the last two outs of the 8th in a 2 run game. While Luetge has been impressive, his role is more of a high leverage lefty specialist. If both Wilhelmsen and Furbush were unavailable, its likely that the 9th inning duties would fall to the right handed Kinney. Hierarchy change: Josh Kinney to 2nd in line, replacing Lucas Luetge.
August 22, 2012
Seattle Mariners – Lucas Luetge got out of a jam in the 8th inning on Tuesday, then stayed on for the 9th in a four-run game. Luetge earned his 2nd save of the season because there were several runners on when he was summoned in the 8th– Tom Wilhelmsen’s job remains extremely safe. No hierarchy change.
August 21, 2012
Seattle Mariners – Charlie Furbush, who came off the DL last week, pitched the 7th inning in a tie game on Monday, then stayed on for the 8th after the Mariners took the lead. Seattle has struggled to find a consistent 8th inning man ahead of Tom Wilhelmsen, but Furbush could become that guy. When healthy, he’s been very solid, posting a 2.03 ERA and 0.78 WHIP. Hierarchy change: Charlie Furbush to Set-up, Lucas Luetge to 2nd in line.
August 20, 2012
Seattle Mariners – Josh Kinney picked up a 2.1 inning save on Sunday. He finished off the 7th inning in a one-run game, then stayed on for the last two innings after the Mariners scored three more runs. Kinney does not factor in to Seattle’s usual late-inning plans. No hierarchy change.
August 15, 2012
Seattle Mariners – Stephen Pryor pitched a clean 1.2 innings last night, earning the win when the Mariners walked off against Fernando Rodney. The young righty has only allowed 1 run in 10 appearances this season (0.84 ERA) and has 15 Ks and only 3 BBs. Hierarchy change: Stephen Pryor to 2nd in line, replacing Josh Kinney.
July 31, 2012
Seattle Mariners – The Mariners traded set-up man Brandon League to the Dodgers early Tuesday morning. Lucas Luetge and Josh Kinney will now share 8th inning duties. With Tom Wilhelmsen getting a night off last night (his wife was expecting a child), Kinney and Luetge combined to get through the 9th inning, with Luetge picking up the one-out save. Hierarchy change: Lucas Luetge to Set-up, Josh Kinney to 2nd in line.
July 19, 2012
Seattle Mariners – Charlie Furbush was placed on the DL yesterday with a strained triceps. Lefthander Lucas Luetge (1.46 ERA) will move into Furbush’s late-inning role. Hierarchy change: Lucas Luetge to 2nd in line, Charlie Furbush to DL.
July 13, 2012
Seattle Mariners – The Mariners are actively shopping Brandon League, but Tom Wilhelmsen’s name hasn’t surfaced in any reported trade talks thus far. Like most closers for bottom feeders, Wilhelmsen’s value will either drop sharply (if he’s traded to a team that uses him in the 8th inning) or rise slightly (if he’s able to close for a contender), making him a somewhat scary fantasy proposition. If League is dealt, his value will probably drop or remain the same, but it could skyrocket if he remains and Wilhelmsen is shipped off. A deep sleeper for saves is Charlie Furbush, who has only given up 2 runs in his last 23.2 innings and could inherit the job if the Mariners are able to move both Wilhelmsen and League. TRADE DEADLINE BUY: Brandon League, Charlie Furbush. SELL: Tom Wilhelmsen.
June 11, 2012
Seattle Mariners – Before Sunday’s game, Eric Wedge said that he’d likely put Brandon League back in the closer role “sooner rather than later.” Tom Wilhelmsen has performed well in the role since League’s demotion– and League got knocked around a bit on Sunday– but it sounds as if Wilhelmsen will inevitably move back to a set-up role once Wedge reinstalls his former closer. Tom Wilhelmsen to Hot Seat.
June 3, 2012
Seattle Mariners – Hisashi Iwakuma recorded the save on Saturday, and has picked up two saves in his last two outings. However, his save on May 30th was of the 3-inning variety in a 21-8 win over the Texas Rangers, and his save yesterday was in the 12th inning after Seattle had used most of their other relievers. Brandon League and Charlie Furbush were both used before the 9th inning, and Tom Wilhelmsen pitched 3 scoreless in picking up the win. No hierarchy change.
May 27, 2012
Seattle Mariners — Brandon League has been removed as closer, in a move manager Eric Wedge described as “very similar to what we did last year.” In 2011, League was demoted after becoming the first reliever in Mariners history to lose in four straight appearances, but regained his job only five days later, and wound up in the All-Star Game. Wedge refused to commit to anyone as League’s replacement; Tom Wilhelmsen seems to be the most obvious candidate, but lefties Lucas Luetge and Charlie Furbush could be in the mix as well. Hierarchy change: Tom Wilhelmsen to Closer, Brandon League to Set-Up.
May 21, 2012
Seattle Mariners – The Mariners summoned Charlie Furbush in the 7th inning on Sunday, whereupon he pitched a clean inning with 2 Ks. The lefty, a former starting pitcher, has shown the ability to pitch out of the bullpen to both lefties and righties. Hierarchy change: Charlie Furbush to 2nd in line, replacing Steve Delabar.
May 18, 2012
Seattle Mariners – Brandon League blew his third save of the season on Thursday. While his ERA remains at a respectable 3.12, his peripherals (1.44 WHIP, 10 Ks, 10 BBs) are troubling, and the Mariners could look elsewhere if League’s struggles continue. Brandon League to Hot Seat.
April 25, 2012
Seattle Mariners – Steve Delabar pitched the 7th with a 2 run lead last night and has been used more often than Lucas Luetge. Hierarchy change: Steve Delabar to 2nd in line, replacing Lucas Luetge.
April 15, 2012
Seattle Mariners – George Sherrill was placed on the disabled list yesterday with elbow soreness. Lefthander Lucas Luetge, reliable in three outings so far, moves up on the depth chart. Hierarchy change: Lucas Luetge to 2nd in line, replacing George Sherrill.
March 24, 2012
Seattle Mariners- Brandon League will be the closer, with Tom Wilhelmsen returning as the setup man for now. Seattle also brought in George Sherrill as a possible 7th-inning reliever. Starting 2012 hierarchy: Closer- Brandon League, Set-up- Tom Wilhelmsen, 2nd in line- George Sherrill.
Sept. 22, 2011
Seattle Mariners- Tom Wilhelmsen has supplanted Jamey Wright as the Mariners primary set-up man. He’s pitched the 8th inning each of the last two nights, each time setting up a Brandon League save. Hierarchy change: Tom Wilhelmsen to Set-up, Jamey Wright to 2nd in line.
Aug. 22, 2011
Seattle Mariners- Jason Gray has been pitching in a number of late game scenarios over the past several weeks, and the Mariners will likely look to him even more now that Laffey is gone. Hierarchy change: Gray to 2nd in line, replacing Laffey.