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Meet the 2012 Mariners: starting pitchers

Seattle Times staff

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I like our rotation but for any team with an offense. I think well remain in the. 500... MORE

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34 | Felix Hernandez, RHP

Age: 25. HT: 6-3. WT: 230.

Throws: Right

Best case: He doesn't miss a start and wins the American League Cy Young Award for the second time while providing great leadership to a young staff.

Worst case: King Felix has to miss some starts because of an injury, and he begins to lose interest because the Mariners are going through another rough season.

What's likely: He will continue to be one of baseball's best and most durable starters, and will be in the mix for the Cy Young Award. If the Mariners are headed to another ugly season, watch for trade rumors regarding Hernandez to really heat up.

By the numbers
W-L ERA GS IP H BB SO WHIP
2011 14-14 3.47 33 233.2 218 67 222 1.22
Career 85-67 3.24 205 1388.1 1275 424 1264 1.22

38 | Jason Vargas, LHP

Age: 29. HT: 6-0. WT: 215.

Throws: Left

Best case: He grinds his way to about 15 wins, stays strong for the entire season and establishes himself as a good complement to Felix Hernandez.

Worst case: Vargas won't put up numbers you need from a No. 2 starter and continues to have rough Julys and Augusts (career ERAs of 6.19 and 5.35 during those months).

What's likely: Another season like last year, when he will be one of the team's most consistent pitchers, yet struggle for a .500 record. That would be acceptable if Vargas was at the back end of the rotation, but he isn't.

By the numbers
W-L ERA GS IP H BB SO WHIP
2011 10-13 4.25 32 201 205 59 131 1.31
Career 28-39 4.53 97 612.1 628 200 389 1.35

45 | Hector Noesi, RHP

Age: 25. HT: 6-3. WT: 200.

Throws: Right

Best case: He continues to show the good control that he has exhibited throughout his pro career, reaches double digits in victories and is solid in the middle of the rotation.

Worst case: Noesi, who wasn't real good in his first taste of major-league action in 2011 with the New York Yankees (mostly in relief, with a WHIP of 1.51), doesn't get any better as a full-time starter with Seattle.

What's likely: It would be a surprise if Noesi remains in the rotation throughout the season. The Mariners are asking a lot of him, and he will have to be markedly better than he was with the Yankees in his limited time with that big-league club.

By the numbers
W-L ERA GS IP H BB SO WHIP
2011 2-2 4.47 2 56.1 63 22 45 1.51
Career 2-2 4.47 2 56.1 63 22 45 1.51

49 | Blake Beavan, RHP

Age: 23. HT: 6-7. WT: 240.

Throws: Right

Best case: He is coming off a decent rookie season with the Mariners, progresses from there and shows he is capable of being a strong middle-of-the-rotation pitcher.

Worst case: Beavan, who isn't overpowering, sees his hits per inning pitched and ERA go up as hitters begin to adjust to him in his second season.

What's likely: Beavan, who was a first-round draft pick by the Texas Rangers in 2007, has great control and makes hitters earn their way on base. He also showed toughness when getting into jams. Expect a solid season with about 10 wins.

By the numbers
W-L ERA GS IP H BB SO WHIP
2011 5-6 4.27 15 97 106 15 42 1.25
Career 5-6 4.27 15 97 106 15 42 1.25

25 | Kevin Millwood, RHP

Age: 37. HT: 6-4. WT: 230.

Throws: Right

Best case: The one-time Atlanta Braves fireballer, who was fine in nine games with Colorado last year after a dreadful 2010 (4-16 with Baltimore), shows he isn't washed up and provides decent pitching and good leadership.

Worst case: Millwood pitches like he has for most of the past five years, which is not very good. He is out of the rotation by the end of June.

What's likely: He will pitch just well enough to keep his spot as the No. 5 starter. He won't resemble the old Millwood, but he will battle and keep the Mariners in most games he pitches.

By the numbers
W-L ERA GS IP H BB SO WHIP
2011 4-3 3.98 9 54.1 58 8 36 1.21
Career 163-140 4.10 415 2559.1 2602 787 1976 1.32

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