Mariners starting pitcher Vidal Nuno allowed three runs on six hits over five innings in a no-decision Tuesday against the Astros. He struck out five and didn't walk a batter. As has been the case all year for Nuno, he pitched well other than allowing a home run. The blast was his 14th allowed in just nine starts, and his 1.52 HR/9 is the main thing keeping Nuno from turning into a quality pitcher. He has been good enough when keeping the ball in the yard to still own a 3.80 ERA, but time is running out for him to prove he can fix this problem.
Mariners pitcher Vidal Nuno will start on short rest Tuesday against the Astros, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports. James Paxton will need at least one additional day between starts after leaving his last outing with a torn fingernail, and the Mariners will turn to Nuno on just three days' rest. Nuno did only throw 67 pitches Friday against the Angels, allowing five runs on nine hits while striking out four over 4 1/3 innings.
Mariners starter Vidal Nuno (1-3) had a rough outing on Saturday, as he allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits and four walks across 3 1/3 innings in a 10-1 loss to the Rangers. Nuno had a sub 3.00 ERA coming into the game and left with a 3.64 ERA. His FIP indicated a regression coming, as it was above 4.50 coming into the start and this outing could've been seen from miles away as the Rangers are one of the hottest teams in baseball. With the mix-ups in the rotation, Nuno isn't expected to pitch until next Sunday against the Angels and that could be yet another rough game for the lefty.
Mariners pitcher Roenis Elias will shift to the bullpen for the next day or so and is expected to return to the rotation next Tuesday in Kansas City, The Tacoma News Tribune's Bob Dutton reports. James Paxton will be moved up to pitch Friday with Vidal Nuno taking the ball Saturday. Elias has a 3.42 ERA in 23.2 innings in the second half.
Mariners starter Vidal Nuno put together a commanding start Wednesday, holding the high-powered Rangers to just one hit to pick up his first win of the year. Nuno (1-2) struck out a career-high 10 batters, while walking just two over the course of his seven innings of work. He threw 106 pitches, while dropping his ERA to 2.97.