Over his last two starts, Paxton has thrown 12.1 innings, with 17 strikeouts to just three walks.  With King Felix possibly sidelined for an added four weeks, the Mariners will rely on Paxton having continued success.

Original Post 4/3/14

James Paxton made his 1st start of the 2014 MLB season last night, the 5th of his career, and shutout the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim over 7 strong innings. Paxton struck out 9 Angels, walked just 2 and surrendered just 2 hits, en route to his first W of the season. Paxton made 4 starts for the Mariners in 2013, striking out 21 batters in 24 innings pitched, winning 3 starts and finishing with a 1.50 ERA allowing just 4 earned runs. Dude's legit.

Paxton is a 6'4 lefty, who's fastball sits in the mid-high 90s. He will mix in a curveball, change-up and a cutter. In his short time in the Majors, he has allowed just 17 hits in 31 innings pitched so clearly he has great stuff. His K/9 rate has declined steadily in the minors, but that should be expected with the increase in talent at each level. Paxton gets the first pitch over for a strike more than 54% of the time and has guys swinging and missing on nearly 20% of his pitches. At 25 years old, Paxton is here to stay.

Seattle is without Hisashi Iwakuma and Taijuan Walker at the moment, but upon their return, Roenis Ellis and Chris Young will likely be removed from the rotation. The Mariners swept the Angels and did so behind great starts from Felix Hernandez, Erasmo Ramirez and Paxton. Is Seattle better than we all thought?

James Paxton MLB Game Logs

4/2/2014@ LAAW 8-272000297699W(1-0)
9/24/2013vs KCW 4-07400001012297W(3-0)
9/19/2013@ DETL 5-4553314371095-
9/14/2013@ STLW 4-162000258797W(2-0)
9/7/2013vs TBW 6-2642111312895W(1-0)