Roenis Elías has pitched 96 games in the MLB. All but four of them have been in a Seattle Mariners uniform.
Here’s the twist.
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Elías has had two stints with the Mariners, and in between were a full two seasons where he was with the Boston Red Sox after Seattle traded him in a deal that brought Wade Miley to the M’s. As you might have guessed, things never clicked for Elías with the Sox, and he returned to Seattle in a much more minor trade for cash in return after spending most of his time with Boston in the minors or injured.
Now 30 years old, the left-hander from Cuba seems to have settled into a role with the Mariners – well, kind of. It’s that his role is wherever the Mariners need him, and as evidenced by a gutsy performance in Tuesday’s 4-3 win over the Oakland A’s, he’s become very valuable to manager Scott Servais’ team.
Roenis Elías brought it tonight. #TrueToTheBlue pic.twitter.com/EA4SunaJS6
— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) May 15, 2019
Elías was dominant in a seven-out save, striking out five and inducing a game-ending double play, to lock up a two-game sweep over Oakland for the Mariners. That scoreless outing of 2 1/3 innings lowered Elías’ season ERA to 2.78 and WHIP to 1.10, and he now has five saves on the year.
Not bad for a pitcher whose career in the big leagues seemed in jeopardy just two years ago.
Elías was a bit of a revelation early in his first tenure with the Mariners, posting a 3.85 ERA in 29 starts as a rookie in 2014 and finishing with 11 quality starts in 22 games pitched in 2015. Since returning from Boston, however, Elías has instead established himself …read more
Source:: sports.MyNorthwest.com – Sports