Mariners Make Changes: Morrow Gone From Closing, Olson to Start

Hayato UwaiCorrespondent IMay 16, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 12:  Brandon Morrow #35 of the Seattle Mariners looks on against the Oakland Athletics during a Major League Baseball game on April 12, 2009 at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Once again, Brandon Morrow was pulled from closing.

First time, he went to the DL so he was pulled. But this time, he struggled to get a save in two consecutive days. Now, he is pulled from closing.

Since coming off the DL, Morrow gave up six runs in only 1.2 innings. On the first game, he was able to get a save even giving up a run.

But in the second game against the Rangers, he gave up a walk-off two run double to Hank Blalock. And finally, he gave up walk-off two run homer to Chris Davis to lose his closing job.

Enough is enough.

If Morrow was able to close the door, the M's should have taken two games from the Rangers. But instead, they got swept by the Rangers, which dropped the M's to 16-19 record.

David Aardsma will take over the closing role. He was able to shut the Red Sox down in the ninth tonight to notch his fourth save of the season.

This might be the last time for Morrow to close since the M's already have Chad Cordero and Joshua Fields unless Aardsma struggles.

Another thing. Garrett Olson will make his first start as a Mariner tomorrow against the Red Sox (Josh Beckett starting for them). He has experience as a starter when he was on the Orioles but he was inconsistent.

But so far, the left hander has 2.57 ERA in 7 innings pitched. His ERA is good, but he has 1.86 WHIP, which concerns me. He doesn't walk many batters, but he do get hit hard (his career BAA is .313).

If he can't keep the ball down, it will be a long day for him and the Mariners. Though, it is very interesting to see Olson starting for the M's.


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