Swanson (1-3) tossed six shutout innings Sunday, allowing only one hit with three strikeouts and three walks while earning the win against the Indians.
The right-hander's first victory of 2019 was memorable, as he posted a season high in walks but also a season low in hits allowed. With this win, Swanson snapped a three-game losing streak, in which he gave up five home runs in 15.2 innings. Overall, he is 1-3 with a 4.94 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 17 strikeouts in 23.2 innings this year. His next start is scheduled for Friday at the Red Sox.
Swanson (0-3) yielded nine runs (six earned) on 11 hits across four innings while taking the loss to Texas on Sunday. He struck out two batters and gave up two homers.
The 6-foot-3 rookie turned in his second consecutive ugly outing. He never really settled in Sunday, allowing a pair of two-run shots to Hunter Pence and Elvis Andrus in the third inning and later allowed three runs in the fifth without recording an out. He now owns a 6.62 ERA in 17.2 innings, but his 14:2 K:BB is promising. If he sticks around with Seattle, his next start should be next Sunday against Cleveland.
Franmil Reyes was the his nemesis in this one, taking Swanson deep in the second and sixth innings. The right-hander has served up three homers in 11.2 frames over his first two MLB starts, leading to a 4.61 ERA, but his 8:0 K:BB is encouraging. Swanson will next take the mound Sunday, at home against the Rangers.
The right-hander made only one real mistake in first big-league start, but Jake Bauers put it over the fence for the game's only run. Afternoon shadows likely helped Swanson a great deal -- the two teams combined for only six hits -- but he still looked good and didn't display any nerves. Seattle hasn't yet confirmed he'll remain in the rotation, but assuming Swanson passed his audition and will continue filling in for Wade LeBlanc (oblique), his next turn would come in San Diego on Tuesday.
Swanson is slated to enter the Seattle rotation for his first MLB start Wednesday against the Indians, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Swanson made his big-league debut last week as a reliever before being sent to Triple-A Tacoma after his lone appearance, but he rejoined the Mariners two days later when Wade LeBlanc (oblique) was placed on the injured list. With LeBlanc set to miss at least the next 4-to-6 weeks, Swanson should have an extended opportunity to prove his worth as a starter, though the Mariners likely won't hesitate to pull the plug on him if he struggles in his initial opportunities. The right-hander at least gets a soft landing spot to kick things off with a home start versus a Cleveland offense that ranks 28th in wRC+ (60) and 29th in strikeout percentage (27.4%).
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