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Matt Brash was a workhorse for Seattle last season, establishing career-highs in games played (78) and innings (70.2). He was 2nd among qualified relievers with 107 strikeouts and 8th with a 34.7% strikeout rate and 25.3% K-BB%. The 25-year-old's 9.4% walk percentage was below-average (34th percentile), but a significant improvement over 2022's 14.9% mark. Brash's improved control was likely a big factor in him earning more high-leverage opportunities. He primarily settled into a setup role and racked up a career-best 25 holds, 9 wins and 4 saves. Brash threw far more sliders (50.5% usage) last season, a +12.7 percent difference in usage from 2022. It continues to be his most successful offering (.162 BAA, 48.5% whiff), while his secondaries could still use some work despite adding velocity on his 4-seamer (98.1 mph average). It's clear Brash is most successful as a reliever, so expect him to maintain a late-inning role for the Mariners in 2024.

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2023 212.52.7 70.7 9 4 4 107 29 3.06 1.33
2022 852.2 50.7 4 4 62 33 4.44 1.56
3y Avg. 922.4 40.3 4 3 1 56 21 3.57 1.44
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  • Mariners' Matt Brash: Encouraging live BP session

    Brash (elbow) recently threw a live batting practice session in Arizona that went "very well," per manager Scott Servais, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. The valued right-hander remains without a timetable for return, but Servais appeared to be encouraged by the progress Brash has been making in recent throwing sessions. Brash went on the injured list March 29, and considering he never made it into Cactus League action, he'll project for a fairly lengthy rehab assignment whenever he reaches that benchmark.
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  • Mariners' Matt Brash: Throws sliders in bullpen session

    Brash (elbow) threw sliders in a bullpen session Monday, Shannon Drayer of Seattle Sports 710 AM reports. He also upped the intensity of his throwing, per Mariners general manager Justin Hollander. While there remains no timetable for Brash's return, he is coming along nicely as he works his way back from right elbow inflammation. He shouldn't be too far off from a rehab assignment.
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  • Mariners' Matt Brash: Heads to IL

    The Mariners placed Brash (elbow) on the 15-day injured list Thursday. Brash sustained an elbow injury early in camp and didn't end up pitching in the Cactus League, though he was fortunate to avoid surgery after he was diagnosed with inflammation following a visit with Dr. Keith Meister, per MLB.com. The right-hander has since resumed throwing bullpen sessions and is likely to throw off the mound again this weekend before potentially gaining clearance to face hitters. Brash seems to be tracking toward a return from the IL in mid-to-late April.
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  • Mariners' Matt Brash: Tosses another side session

    Brash (elbow) threw 25 pitches at 85 percent effort Monday, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. Brash was recently cleared to resume throwing off a mound, and he's progressed to 85 percent effort after tossing at roughly 70 percent Wednesday. The team will likely re-evaluate the right-hander Tuesday morning to see how he bounces back from his latest side session before determining next steps.
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  • Mariners' Matt Brash: Resumes mound work

    Brash (elbow) threw a bullpen session Wednesday, Daniel Kramer of MLB.com reports. Brash only threw at roughly 70 percent effort, but Wednesday's session marked his first time throwing off the mound since being taken off his throwing program in late February. Brash will throw another bullpen session within the next few days, and it's possible he progresses to facing hitters after that. The 25-year-old righty will likely begin the year on the 15-day IL.
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  • Mariners' Matt Brash: Recovery remains setback-free

    Brash (elbow) has "picked up his throwing quite a bit" according to manager Scott Servais and could be ready for game action shortly after Opening Day, MLB.com reports. Brash has now upped his throwing distance to 110 feet after hitting the 90-foot threshold early in the week. The next step for Brash is to progress to begin throwing off a mound, and once he's successfully completed that phase of his rehabilitation, he's likely to log game action at the minor-league level before being deemed ready to face big-league hitters.
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  • Mariners' Matt Brash: Extends throwing distance

    Brash (elbow) will play catch out to 90 feet Sunday, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. Brash will take an incremental step forward in his recovery from right elbow inflammation, as he had been playing catch out to 60 feet a few days earlier. The right-hander still looks like he might be a week or more away from throwing off a mound, and since he'll need additional time beyond that to face hitters in live batting practice and eventually Cactus League or minor-league rehab games, Brash appears set to begin the season on the 15-day injured list.
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  • Mariners' Matt Brash: Plays catch without issue

    Brash (elbow) played catch from 60 feet Tuesday, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. Brash made 25 throws and didn't have any issues. He will continue playing catch every other day in order to get built back up as he works his way back from medial right elbow inflammation. Brash will begin the season on the injured list and could miss several weeks as he deliberately rebuilds stamina.
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  • Mariners' Matt Brash: Set for throwing session

    Brash (elbow) is expected to play catch Tuesday with a trainer, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports. The right-hander is still expected to be weeks away from a return, but Tuesday represents an important step in his recovery. If Brash is able to come out of the session without any setbacks, he'll likely begin a deliberate process of building up his workload while managing the medial right elbow inflammation he's been experiencing.
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  • Mariners' Matt Brash: Could have serious arm injury

    Brash (elbow) could be sidelined for a significant period of time, perhaps for the entire season, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. Brash and the Mariners haven't revealed where exactly the reliever is hurting, but Divish notes that the righty was looking down at his elbow while discussing the injury. Divish also hears from sources that the injury could potentially be long term and, at the very least, is likely to result in an injured list stint to begin the season. Brash struck out 107 batters over 70.2 innings last season and his potential loss would be a devastating blow to Seattle's bullpen.
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  • Mariners' Matt Brash: Dominant for 25th hold

    Brash secured his 25th hold in a win over the Astros on Tuesday, firing two scoreless innings during which he allowed a hit and recorded two strikeouts. Brash threw 19 of 25 pitches for strikes while extending his scoreless appearance streak to 13 outings. The right-hander continues to primarily see seventh- and eighth-inning work, although he's arguably been more trustworthy overall in the last month-plus than primary closer Andres Munoz. If the Mariners do make it into the postseason, how manager Scott Servais distributes high-leverage assignments will be something to monitor.
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  • Mariners' Matt Brash: Settles into setup role

    Brash recorded his 23rd hold in a win over the Angels on Wednesday, firing a scoreless eighth inning during which he allowed a hit and a walk while recording three strikeouts. Brash worked the eighth inning while posting his eighth consecutive scoreless appearance, a stretch that dates back to Aug. 29. The right-hander has generated a 13.5 K/9 and snagged six holds over that eight-inning sample, as manager Scott Servais has opted to stick with Andres Munoz as the primary ninth-inning option despite some stumbles while often deploying Brash in a seventh- or eighth-inning role.
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  • Mariners' Matt Brash: Nabs second save

    Brash allowed a hit and a walk while striking out two over a scoreless inning to earn the save in Friday's 9-7 win over the Angels. He allowed the first two batters he faced to reach base before settling down. Andres Munoz had converted the Mariners' first two save chances since they traded away Paul Sewald, but he'd pitched three of the last four days, allowing Brash to step up in a high-leverage spot. The 25-year-old righty has two saves and 15 holds this season while pitching to a 3.28 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 80:20 K:BB over 46.2 innings. Brash has the stuff to be an effective late-inning reliever, though he's still got some strides to make with his control.
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  • Mariners' Matt Brash: Grabs seventh win Wednesday

    Brash (7-3) got the win over the Red Sox on Wednesday, firing a perfect seventh inning during which he recorded two strikeouts. Brash mowed through the Red Sox during a seventh frame in which he needed just 10 pitches to record his three outs. The right-hander was then rewarded for his sharp performance when Seattle mounted a four-run rally in the seventh inning and held on the rest of the way, making him the pitcher of record. Brash is expected to see a boost in eighth-inning work, especially in games when the Mariners have the lead, as part of the reshuffling of the high-leverage end of the bullpen in the wake of Paul Sewald's trade to the Diamondbacks. However, the fact manager Scott Servais called on him to prevent a 3-2 deficit from growing any larger underscores the trust Brash has built with a breakout 2023 that's seen him pitch to a 3.35 ERA and 15.4 K/9 while also garnering 15 holds and one save, in addition to the seven victories.
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  • Mariners' Matt Brash: Highly productive in July

    Brash, who picked up his fifth win Tuesday against the Twins with a scoreless eighth inning during which he issued a walk and struck out three, has a 2.35 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, 14:4 K:BB and six holds across the 7.2 innings covering his eight appearances in July. The one-time starter has been in a groove as a reliever for most of the season, and July has been a particularly good month. Brash has generated scoreless efforts in seven of those eight appearances this month, and he's gotten a better handle on his control issues overall by lowering his BB/9 from his rookie 5.9 figure to a more palatable 3.9 in 41.1 frames this season.
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  • Mariners' Matt Brash: Saddled with third loss

    Brash (3-3) took the loss against the Astros on Friday, allowing two earned runs on two hits and a walk over two-thirds of an inning. He struck out two. Brash was tasked with preserving a 4-4 tie when he entered in the ninth inning, but his leadoff walk to Jose Abreu was followed by Kyle Tucker's go-ahead two-run home run to center field. The hard-throwing right-hander recorded a pair of subsequent strikeouts before a Jake Meyers single got him the hook, and he was saddled with his third loss of the season when Seattle couldn't rally. The stumble snapped a four-appearance scoreless streak for Brash while pushing his ERA and WHIP back up to 5.28 and 1.50, respectively.
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  • Mariners' Matt Brash: Grabs third win Wednesday

    Brash (3-2) secured the win in an extra-inning victory over the Athletics on Wednesday, firing 1.2 scoreless innings during which he allowed a hit and recorded two strikeouts. Brash was rewarded for snuffing out an eighth-inning threat when first entering the game, putting away Tony Kemp and Brent Rooker on a groundout and swinging strikeout, respectively, to strand Nick Allen on third base. Brash then worked around a leadoff single by Ramon Laureano in the ninth after the Mariners had tied the game in the top half of the frame, and he qualified for the decision once Eugenio Suarez broke the game open with a three-run home run in the 10th inning. The hard-throwing right-hander has now strung together four straight scoreless efforts and is rewarding fantasy managers with an elite 43.1 percent strikeout rate through 14.2 innings.
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  • Mariners' Matt Brash: Grabs second win

    Brash (2-2) got the win against the Cardinals on Saturday, firing a scoreless seventh inning during which he hit a batter and struck out the side. Brash's occasional control issues surfaced when he plunked Alec Burleson during what would have otherwise been a perfect inning. Beyond that blip, the right-hander was stellar while picking up his second win, notably erasing the trio of Lars Nootbaar, Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado on swinging strikeouts. The clean frame marked Brash's fourth scoreless effort in his last five trips to the mound and came in the wake of an ugly one-inning appearance against the Brewers on Wednesday when he allowed three earned runs.
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  • Mariners' Matt Brash: Takes second loss Wednesday

    Brash (1-2) took the loss against the Brewers on Wednesday and allowed three earned runs on four hits over one inning. He struck out one. The right-hander entered after Marco Gonzales allowed back-to-back singles to open the seventh inning, and he did himself no favors by quickly surrendering consecutive knocks to Brian Anderson and Luke Voit himself, the latter hit driving in one run. Brash would go on to surrender two more RBI singles, and the rocky outing snapped his three-appearance scoreless streak while also serving as his worst of the season in terms of earned runs allowed.
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  • Mariners' Matt Brash: Takes loss Monday

    Brash (0-1) was charged with the loss in an extra-innings defeat at the hands of the Cubs on Monday, allowing an unearned run on one hit over one-third of an inning. He struck out one. Entrusted with preserving a 2-2 tie when he entered in the bottom of the 10th, Brash ran into immediate trouble when inning-opening runner Nick Madrigal stole third base while Tucker Barnhart was at the plate. Although Brash was subsequently able to record the strikeout, Nico Hoerner then snapped the deadlock with a game-winning single to right field. It's been an uneven start to the season for Brash, who's now allowed at least one run in three of seven appearances but has also posted a stellar 12:3 K:BB in just 5.2 innings.
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