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Seattle Mariners starting pitcher George Kirby spun an eight-inning gem in the team's extra-inning, walk-off 1-0 win over the New York Yankees on Wednesday. The 25-year-old punched out seven hitters, gave up no runs, and matched a season-low with three hits allowed, but it was only enough for a no-decision. Kirby recovered in a big way, anyway, after unquestionably his worst start of the year last Friday when he let in seven runs against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The former first-rounder has exhibited impeccable control, walking no more than a single batter in each of his 11 starts in 2023. Kirby carries a strong 3.04 ERA and 1.01 WHIP with a picturesque 58:6 K:BB into his next start opposing the San Diego Padres next Wednesday.
Seattle Mariners outfielder Teoscar Hernandez went 1-for-4 on Tuesday, as his team lost their second straight game against the New York Yankees. Hernandez signed with the Mariners this past offseason but has struggled to find his form a bit in the early going. In 55 games, the 30-year-old outfielder has hit .234 and has an on-base percentage of .272. He has tallied 50 hits, nine home runs, and 28 RBI. His numbers have fallen from last year, but the good news is he's been better in May (.260 average, four doubles, two homers, 12 RBI) and has hit safely in six of his last seven games. Fantasy managers will be hoping he can carry this momentum into June.
Seattle Mariners outfielder Jarred Kelenic continued to produce for his fantasy managers in the team's 10-4 loss to the visiting New York Yankees on Monday night, when he went 2-for-4 with a run scored, a strikeout and his seventh stolen base of the season. Kelenic's seventh stolen base of the year set a new career-high. Along with the stolen bases, the 23-year-old is rewarding those that bought into his post-hype breakout in 2023. After Monday's performance, Kelenic is now hitting .283 (54-for-191) with 14 doubles, a triple, 10 home runs, 26 RBI, seven steals and 27 runs scored in 52 games. He's finishing the month of May strong, too, going 13-for-46 (.283) with three doubles, two home runs and five RBI in his last 12 games.
Seattle Mariners catching prospect Harry Ford hit his sixth home run of the season for High-A Everett. The 20-year-old is slashing .258/.432/.426 with 37 runs, 26 RBI, and eight stolen bases in 43 games this season. The British WBC star consistently ranks as one of Seattle's top prospects because of his impressive power and speed at the catcher position. While Ford won't see the majors soon, he's an elite catching prospect and is one of the best catching prospects in the dynasty format.
Seattle Mariners outfielder Julio Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI, and a strikeout in a 10-4 loss to the New York Yankees on Monday. The 22-year-old superstar took Domingo German deep to left-center field in the fourth inning for a solo blast that pulled the Mariners to within two runs. He victimized German again with a two-run single in the bottom of the fifth inning. The rest of the M's lineup didn't do much outside of Rodriguez as they were blown out. After a slow month and a half to begin the season, Rodriguez has been on fire over the last two weeks. In the last seven contests, J-Rod is slashing a ridiculous .433/.433/.800 with three home runs, nine RBI, and one stolen base across 30 at-bats. Overall, Rodriguez owns a .247/.311/.451 batting line to go along with 10 home runs, 31 RBI, and nine stolen bases across 215 at-bats.