In his first full season in the majors, Carson Smith looked as if he might ascend to the ranks of top relievers. He inherited the closer's role from unreliable Fernando Rodney, and for a time, he thrived. Smith racked up 13 saves and struck out 92 batters in 70 innings, but former Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon opted to go with Tom Wilhelmsen as his closer down the stretch. Now Smith finds himself with the Red Sox, who will employ him in a setup role. With Craig Kimbrel as Boston's new closer, it's unlikely Smith will get many save chances, but he is still an excellent reliever who is worth owning in leagues that use non-closers.
Smith was traded to the Mariners on Monday, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. Smith was part of a deal that also sent Roenis Elias to Boston in exchange for Wade Miley and Jonathan Aro. The 26-year-old put up impressive numbers in his first full season last year, working to a 2.31 ERA with a strong 92:22 K:BB ratio in 70 innings and figures to see high leverage opportunities in the back end of the Boston bullpen.
Mariners reliever Carson Smith earned his 13th save of the year with a perfect ninth inning against Texas on Tuesday. Smith bounced back from a blown save two days earlier. After converting his first nine save opportunities this year, Smith has blown two of six opportunities in August.
Mariners closer Carson Smith might not be the Mariners closer much longer if he continues to perform as he did Sunday against the host Red Sox. Smith arrived in the ninth with a two-run lead and blew it. Two singles and a grounded resulted in one run and a Travis Shaw single tied the game. Only a toss-out at home prevented him from taking the loss. The right-hander struck out the side in the 10th after a walk, but he has allowed at least one run in five of his last 10 appearances.
It remains to be seen if the recent struggles of Mariners closer Carson Smith are over, but he certainly appears to be back on track. Smith managed his third straight scoreless outing Sunday against Texas to nail down his 12th save. He allowed a leadoff infield single to Rougned Odor, but retired the next three to shut it down.
Despite struggling during the appearance, Mariners pitcher Carson Smith was able to shut the door on the Rockies during Monday's 8-7 win. Smith allowed three hits, which led to one run, but he recorded the final three outs to receive his 10th save of the season. He also struck out two. Smith has converted 10 of his 12 save opportunities this season.