Gaviglio (3-2) gave up two runs on six hits over six innings and took the loss Saturday against the Astros. He walked three and struck out three.
A two-run homer off the bat of Josh Reddick in the third inning was all the damage Houston did against Gaviglio, but that was all that they needed. Regardless, it was a nice performance from someone simply making a spot start. Going forward, the 27-year-old's status in Seattle's rotation is unknown, given the impending availability of starters like Felix Hernandez (shoulder) returning from the disabled list soon.
Gaviglio is listed as the starter for Saturday's game against the Astros, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
Gaviglio was considered one of the candidates along with Christian Bergman, although Gaviglio ultimately was left as the lone candidate when Bergman was sent to the minors Wednesday. Despite this assignment, the 27-year-old's spot in the rotation is still up in the air, as Felix Hernandez (shoulder) and Hisashi Iwakuma (shoulder) are both nearly back from injuries, and the Mariners recently called up pitching prospect Andrew Moore to join the rotation. Nonetheless, Gaviglio will set his sights to Saturday's contest, in which he'll face off with Houston right-hander Lance McCullers.
Gaviglio is a candidate to make a spot start Saturday against the Astros, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
With Hisashi Iwakuma (shoulder) rendered unavailable to make Saturday's start, the door is open for Gaviglio to stay in the rotation for another turn. The 27-year-old would make sense in some ways, as Saturday would allow him to start on normal rest, and his 3.43 ERA is much better than Christian Bergman's (5.44 ERA), who is the other candidate for the assignment. However, Gaviglio's 5.89 FIP suggests his success is due to plenty of luck, so the Mariners may take that into account when they ultimately make the final decision on who remains in the rotation for the time being.
Gaviglio came away with a no-decision after tossing five innings Monday against the Tigers, allowing two runs on three hits while walking four and striking out one.
Gaviglio was anything but sharp Monday night, allowing baserunners in four of his five frames pitched and throwing just 46 of his 84 offerings for strikes. However, he managed to limit the damage in each inning thanks to a pair of double plays and solid defense. After this outing, the 27-year-old holds a 3.43 ERA on the season, although his FIP is much higher than that, suggesting that he's due for some regression in his upcoming appearances. It's unclear if he'll get a chance to stick in the rotation, though, given that Felix Hernandez (shoulder) and Hisashi Iwakuma (shoulder) are both due to return from the disabled list soon.
Gaviglio (3-1) picked up a win despite allowing four runs over 5.1 innings against the Twins on Wednesday. He struck out five and gave up five hits without a walk.
The 27-year-old rookie has managed to improve his strikeout rate in the majors after pitifully whiffing just 16 batters in 32.2 innings at Triple-A this year, but the soft-tossing righty is still getting by mostly with smoke and mirrors. It's not yet time to take the dive on Gaviglio unless your waiver wire is truly barren.
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