Nuno allowed four runs on four hits and three walks in 3.1 innings Thursday in an emergency start after scheduled starter Arian Sampson was injured in pregame warmups. He struck out two. Sampson injured his elbow on his second warmup pitch. So, Nuno was tabbed to start in his place. Nuno had pitched more than two innings twice this season before taking one for the team Thursday. He threw 68 pitches in a decent outing, all things considered.
Nuno will start Thursday's game against Detroit, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports. In an odd turn of events, Thursday's scheduled starter, Adrian Sampson, was removed from the game before the first pitch was even thrown. According to Dutton, Sampson may have tweaked something during warmups before Thursday's contest. Regardless, Nuno will fill in as the spot starter Thursday, but he hasn't thrown more than 3.0 innings in any of his appearances this season. With that, Thursday could be a very taxing day for the Mariners bullpen on a getaway day.
Nuno, who has pitched more middle relief recently, will return to his role as the late-inning situational lefty, the Seattle Times reports. Mike Montgomery was used in high-leverage situations recently but failed in that role. He'll go back to middle and long relief. Nuno has 12 strikeouts and no walks in 46 plate appearances against left-handed batters.
Nuno struck out four batters and allowed just one hit in 2.2 scoreless innings during Sunday's loss to the Twins. Nuno has been a key contributor to a dominant Seattle bullpen that has a collective ERA of 2.51. His 1.08 ERA and 0.78 WHIP have been made possible by his incredible ball control, as he has an astronomical 20.00 K/BB and 0.54 BB/9 after pitching 16.2 innings across 19 games. He's also given up just one home run this season, which is a relief to the Mariners, as his HR/9 in 2015 was 1.52.
Nuno has a 1.29 ERA and a 0.71 WHIP after playing seven innings over the course of seven games this season. After giving up one run in his first inning of the season, Nuno has yet to allow a run and has only given up three hits in the following outings. Teams are struggling to get baserunners against Nuno, as he has a 10.29 K/9 and zero walks thus far. Even though Nuno has historically had an unfavorable ERA, he has progressed in the right direction, bringing it down from 4.56 in 2014 to 3.74 in 2015. If he continues his current streak of dominant relief showings, it's plausible to believe that Nuno could become a more frequent contributor from the Mariners' bullpen.