Here’s the rotation for the Mariners out of the all-star break.
The Mariners have lined up Iwakuma to start the opener. I’m guessing that’s partially to do with Felix likely pitching in the all-star game and the travel of it to give him an extra day.
Why the TBA for Tuesday? Well technically, Taijuan Walker is in Class AAA so they usually don’t announce a player in the minor leagues as a starter this far out.
Also Lloyd McClendon and Mariners management wasn’t too happy with Walker’s outing on Saturday in Tacoma.
“Well, I guess I see things differently than most people,” he said. “I don’t see that as a good outing: five innings, 83 pitches and one strikeout, that’ not a good outing for me. And I’m not trying to bash the kid, but how we go about our business and our level of expectations from the minor leagues all the way up to the big leagues, it’s got to change. Five innings, 83 pitches and one strikeout — that’s not a good outing, I’m sorry. Not for me. And you can write it. I don’t give a (expletive). I’m sure his agent will be calling mad at me, but we gotta do better.”
McClendon wasn’t the only one unhappy. Other members of Mariners management bristled as well.
From a trade standpoint, there were several scouts and a handful of assistant general managers there to see him. That showing probably was less than inspiring for potential suitors. And no, he didn’t do that on purpose. .
Look, Taijuan doesn’t have attitude issues. He’s a good kid, who works very hard. And as a young kid, getting sent back to Class AAA over the break to get in work isn’t exactly a recipe for laser-like focus. This is just something he’ll learn from and move forward.