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Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Drew Steckenrider was back on the mound in the ninth inning against the Oakland Athletics Tuesday, and he allowed one hit in an inning of work to convert his 10th save of the season. It was a solid bounce-back outing for Steckenrider, who had allowed runs in back-to-back outings for the first time this season in his previous two appearances. Steckenrider is primarily the set-up man to Paul Sewald, but with a 2.20 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and a manager who's willing to mix and match in the back of the bullpen, Steckenrider has more value than most non-closers.
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Marco Gonzales earned his ninth win of the season Tuesday, throwing six innings and allowing two runs on four hits and a walk with three strikeouts against the Oakland Athletics. Both runs against Gonzales came off solo home runs. Gonzales has a 5-0 record over his last seven starts, and he's allowed more than three earned runs in just three starts out of 23 this season. Gonzales is a consistent, reliable option in fantasy, though his 98 strikeouts in 130 1/3 innings on the year limit his upside.
Seattle Mariners utility man Dylan Moore got a rare start against a right-hander Tuesday, and he came through with a two-run triple and a run scored in four at-bats in Seattle's 5-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics. Moore has been trying to fix his swing all season, and he may have finally figured something out as he's slashing .353/.389/.647 over his last seven games and 18 plate appearances. Even so, it's hard to conceive of activating Moore in fantasy formats of any depth, as he simply doesn't see the field enough.
Seattle Mariners shortstop J.P. Crawford led the way both offensively and defensively in Tuesday's 5-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics, going 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBI, one run scored, and several sparkling plays at shortstop. Crawford is slashing .307/.376/.493 in 75 September at-bats with three extra-base hits in the last two games. The light-hitting Crawford is no more than a middle-infield fill-in, but he could be useful over the last few weeks in deep leagues while he's hot.
Seattle Mariners second baseman Abraham Toro is getting the day off on Tuesday as the team faces Paul Blackburn and the Oakland Athletics. Dylan Moore is getting the start at second base and batting ninth in the game. Toro has been a mainstay in the heart of the Mariners' lineup lately despite struggling immensely in September. Over 17 games this month, he's slashing .172/.250/.234 with four doubles and no home runs. He certainly made a splash after the Mariners acquired him in late July, tallying three home runs and three doubles over his first seven games with the team, but he slowed down soon after that. There's no need to roster him in any fantasy leagues at this point.