The young man pitcher Matt Brash was at home on Monday in the T-Mobile Park and appears to be in line to contribute in some way to the last five games of the Seattle Mariners, possibly starting this next Tuesday.
He’s likely to start in place of Japanese southpaw Yusei Kikuchi, whose second-half struggles have become so pronounced that his outings have become a drag on a club in the race for the American League wild card:
Mariners manager Scott Servais indicated that Seattle will evaluate its pitching options after Game 1 of the series, likely to gauge how many bullpen arms would be available.
But the fact that Brash is here is as clear a sign as any that the Mariners plan to use him, and since he’s been into a starter’s grind and workload, he’s likely to start rather than wear him as a piece. of bullpen.
Brash, Seattle’s No. 10 prospect, completed a pregame workout Monday in full Major League gear. He was promoted to Triple-A Tacoma on Friday to be eligible to join the team for his final stay at home, and would be eligible for a postseason roster if the Mariners advance.
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The 23-year-old, 1.85-meter tall Brash last pitched a game on Sept. 16 for Double-A Arkansas, but has kept his arm active ever since. In 20 starts between Arkansas and High-A Everett, Brash has a 2.31 ERA and struck out 142 in 97 1/3 innings for a rate of 35.1 percent.