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James Paxton
ERA W-L K
2.78 12-3 138
Team: SeattleHt / Wt: 6-4 / 220 NFBC ADP: 155.98
Position: SPBorn: 11/6/1988 Birthplace: Ladner, Canada
Bats/Throws: L/L Draft: 4th Round by Mariners (2010)


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Aug. 11 10:44 PM PT11:44 PM MT12:44 AM CT1:44 AM ET1:44 ET5:44 GMT13:44 10:44 PM MST12:44 AM EST1:14 AM VEN9:44 UAE12:44 AM CT-Paxton is expected to miss at least three weeks after he exited Thursday's start against the Angels with a left pectoral strain. The left-hander allowed three runs on five hits and struck out six over 6 1/3 innings while not getting a decision in Seattle's 6-3 loss.
Analysis: Paxton (12-3, 2.78 ERA) has been the best pitcher on a Seattle team currently in the thick of the AL wild-card race. Though he had his streak of seven consecutive winning outings come to an end, Seattle's new ace did record a ninth straight quality start.
Aug. 5 10:36 AM PT11:36 AM MT12:36 PM CT1:36 PM ET13:36 ET17:36 GMT1:36 10:36 AM MST12:36 PM EST1:06 PM VEN21:36 UAE12:36 PM CT-James Paxton improved to 12-3, allowing two runs on four hits and one walk in 6.0 innings, as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Kansas City Royals 5-2 on Friday. Paxton struck out seven, ending the game with a 2.70 ERA and 1.09 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Paxton now has won seven straight starts, compiling a 1.59 ERA and 0.79 WHIP while striking out 53 over 45.1 innings in those outings. This stretch started when he allowed a run and two hits over 6.1 innings in a 5-3 victory at Anaheim on July 2, and he'll make his next start against those same Angels on Aug. 10. He has a 2.04 ERA in nine career starts against the Halos, and is 2-0 with a 0.90 ERA in three games against them since the start of last season.
Aug. 4 8:03 AM PT9:03 AM MT10:03 AM CT11:03 AM ET11:03 ET15:03 GMT23:03 8:03 AM MST10:03 AM EST10:33 AM VEN19:03 UAE10:03 AM CT-Paxton will start the second game of the series against the Royals on Friday.
Analysis: Paxton went 6-0 with a 1.37 ERA in July.
July 31 8:05 AM PT9:05 AM MT10:05 AM CT11:05 AM ET11:05 ET15:05 GMT23:05 8:05 AM MST10:05 AM EST10:35 AM VEN19:05 UAE10:05 AM CT-James Paxton improved to 11-3, allowing six hits over 6.0 scoreless innings, as the Seattle Mariners defeated the New York Mets 9-1 on Sunday. Paxton struck out eight, ending the game with a 2.68 ERA and 1.10 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Paxton became the first Mariners pitcher to win six games in a single month, posting a 1.37 ERA and striking out 46 in 39 1/3 innings.
July 25 9:59 AM PT10:59 AM MT11:59 AM CT12:59 PM ET12:59 ET16:59 GMT0:59 9:59 AM MST11:59 AM EST12:29 PM VEN20:59 UAE11:59 AM CT-James Paxton improved to 10-3, allowing four hits over 7.0 scoreless innings, as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Boston Red Sox 4-0 on Monday. Paxton struck out 10, ending the game with a 2.84 ERA and 1.11 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Paxton has allowed six earned runs in 33 1/3 innings and not given up a home run in five starts this month. ''I think it's five wins in the month of July. He's got a chance to get one more,'' manager Scott Servais said. ''It's hard to win six games in a month. I don't know if it's ever been done by a Mariner before, but hopefully we'll see it.''
July 19 2:49 PM PT3:49 PM MT4:49 PM CT5:49 PM ET17:49 ET21:49 GMT5:49 2:49 PM MST4:49 PM EST5:19 PM VEN1:49 UAE (+1)4:49 PM CT-Paxton improved to 9-3, allowing one run on six hits and one walk in 7.0 innings, as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Houston Astros 4-1 on Wednesday. Paxton struck out seven, ending the game with a 3.05 ERA and 1.14 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: This was another gem for Paxton after not allowing a run in his previous two starts against Houston this season. It's the fourth straight win for Paxton.
July 15 9:11 PM PT10:11 PM MT11:11 PM CT12:11 AM ET0:11 ET4:11 GMT12:11 9:11 PM MST11:11 PM EST11:41 PM VEN8:11 UAE11:11 PM CT-James Paxton improved to 8-3, allowing two runs on five hits in 6.0 innings, as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Chicago White Sox 4-2 on Friday. Paxton struck out nine, ending the game with a 3.19 ERA and 1.16 WHIP on the season.
July 8 11:25 AM PT12:25 PM MT1:25 PM CT2:25 PM ET14:25 ET18:25 GMT2:25 11:25 AM MST1:25 PM EST1:55 PM VEN22:25 UAE1:25 PM CT-James Paxton improved to 7-3, allowing two runs on two hits and three walks in 7.0 innings, as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Oakland Athletics 7-2 on Friday. Paxton struck out nine, ending the game with a 3.21 ERA and 1.18 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Paxton matched a season high with nine Ks and has won consecutive starts, allowing just two hits in each, after losing three of four. ''It's getting closer, just getting more and more comfortable,'' said Paxton, who was 3-0 with a 1.43 ERA in six starts before going on the DL and has gone 4-3 with a 4.74 ERA since returning.
July 3 8:13 AM PT9:13 AM MT10:13 AM CT11:13 AM ET11:13 ET15:13 GMT23:13 8:13 AM MST10:13 AM EST10:43 AM VEN19:13 UAE10:13 AM CT-James Paxton improved to 6-3, allowing one run on two hits and two walks in 6.1 innings, as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Los Angeles Angels 5-3 on Sunday. Paxton struck out three, ending the game with a 3.27 ERA and 1.22 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Paxton retired the first 16 Angels he faced. The left-hander has a career 2.04 ERA against the Halos, the second-best among active pitchers.
June 28 10:25 PM PT11:25 PM MT12:25 AM CT1:25 AM ET1:25 ET5:25 GMT13:25 10:25 PM MST12:25 AM EST12:55 AM VEN9:25 UAE12:25 AM CT-Paxton fell to 5-3, allowing three runs on four hits and three walks in 7.0 innings, as the Seattle Mariners lost to the Philadelphia Phillies 8-2 on Tuesday. Paxton struck out nine, ending the game with a 3.44 ERA and 1.28 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Paxton has now dropped three straight decisions.
June 22 8:23 AM PT9:23 AM MT10:23 AM CT11:23 AM ET11:23 ET15:23 GMT23:23 8:23 AM MST10:23 AM EST10:53 AM VEN19:23 UAE10:23 AM CT-James Paxton allowed four runs - three earned - on nine hits and two walks in 5.1 innings as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Detroit Tigers 7-5 on Wednesday. Paxton struck out eight, ending the game with a 3.39 ERA and 1.31 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Paxton is still trying to find his way after missing nearly a month with a forearm strain. The left-hander owns an 8.50 ERA over his past four starts and is averaging less than five innings per outing during that period.
June 16 8:50 PM PT9:50 PM MT10:50 PM CT11:50 PM ET23:50 ET3:50 GMT11:50 8:50 PM MST10:50 PM EST11:20 PM VEN7:50 UAE (+1)10:50 PM CT-James Paxton fell to 5-2, allowing seven runs on seven hits and three walks in 3.2 innings, as the Seattle Mariners lost to the Texas Rangers 10-4 on Friday. Paxton struck out four, ending the game with a 3.23 ERA and 1.24 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Paxton has a 9.95 ERA in his last three starts after posting a 1.26 mark in his first seven.
June 11 4:54 PM PT5:54 PM MT6:54 PM CT7:54 PM ET19:54 ET23:54 GMT7:54 4:54 PM MST6:54 PM EST7:24 PM VEN3:54 UAE (+1)6:54 PM CT-James Paxton fell to 5-1, allowing four runs on eight hits and three walks in 4.0 innings, as the Seattle Mariners lost to the Toronto Blue Jays 4-0 on Sunday. Paxton struck out three, ending the game with a 2.25 ERA and 1.13 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Paxton failed to become the eighth starting pitcher in club history to win his first six decisions of the season. He has pitched more than 5 1/3 innings just once since April 15.
June 7 9:52 AM PT10:52 AM MT11:52 AM CT12:52 PM ET12:52 ET16:52 GMT0:52 9:52 AM MST11:52 AM EST12:22 PM VEN20:52 UAE11:52 AM CT-James Paxton improved to 5-0, allowing three runs on five hits and three walks in 5.0 innings, as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Minnesota Twins 12-3 on Tuesday. Paxton struck out four, ending the game with a 1.69 ERA and 1.00 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Paxton, who missed most of May with a left forearm strain, admitted he "wasn't as sharp" in his second start since coming off the disabled list. He hadn't allowed a run in five of his previous seven starts.
June 1 10:51 PM PT11:51 PM MT12:51 AM CT1:51 AM ET1:51 ET5:51 GMT13:51 10:51 PM MST12:51 AM EST1:21 AM VEN9:51 UAE12:51 AM CT-James Paxton improved to 4-0, allowing three hits over 5.1 scoreless innings, as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Colorado Rockies 5-0 on Wednesday. Paxton struck out six, ending the game with a 1.26 ERA and 0.93 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Paxton showed absolutely no rust in his first start in nearly a month, keeping the opposition off the scoreboard for the fifth time in his seven outings this season. Though the left-hander remains an injury risk, he may be on the verge of putting together a long-awaited breakthrough season if he can stay healthy.
May 5 2:57 PM PT3:57 PM MT4:57 PM CT5:57 PM ET17:57 ET21:57 GMT5:57 2:57 PM MST4:57 PM EST5:27 PM VEN1:57 UAE (+1)4:57 PM CT-Paxton (left forearm strain) has been activated from the disabled list and will return to the rotation on Wednesday night.
Analysis: The left-hander has pitched extremely well this season, posting a 3-0 record and 1.45 ERA through six starts and striking out 45 batters in 37 2/3 innings.
May 3 8:49 AM PT9:49 AM MT10:49 AM CT11:49 AM ET11:49 ET15:49 GMT23:49 8:49 AM MST10:49 AM EST11:19 AM VEN19:49 UAE10:49 AM CT-James Paxton allowed two runs - one earned - on five hits and five walks in 5.1 innings as the Seattle Mariners lost to the Los Angeles Angels 6-4 on Tuesday. Paxton struck out six, ending the game with a 1.43 ERA and 0.98 WHIP on the season.
Analysis: Paxton allowed just one less walk than he did over his first five starts, but still limited the damage.
Apr. 26 8:13 PM PT9:13 PM MT10:13 PM CT11:13 PM ET23:13 ET3:13 GMT11:13 8:13 PM MST10:13 PM EST10:43 PM VEN7:13 UAE (+1)10:13 PM CT-After struggling in his last start, Paxton got back on track in a big way Wednesday at Detroit. He allowed four hits over seven scoreless innings with one walk and nine strikeouts.
Analysis: Paxton has held opponents scoreless in four of his five starts, and boasts a 1.39 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP with 39 strikeouts in 32 1/3 innings.
Apr. 21 9:21 AM PT10:21 AM MT11:21 AM CT12:21 PM ET12:21 ET16:21 GMT0:21 9:21 AM MST11:21 AM EST11:51 AM VEN20:21 UAE11:21 AM CT-Paxton hadn't allowed a run all season before giving up five in 4 1/3 innings on Thursday in Oakland, giving up nine hits with one walk and eight strikeouts.
Analysis: Paxton's scoreless innings streak to begin the year ended at 23 when the A's got on the board in the third. He had allowed just eight hits in his first three starts combined. ''Just didn't have it today,'' said Paxton, who had been 2-0 with a 2.75 ERA in three previous starts against Oakland. He'll try to bounce back Wednesday in Detroit, where he's 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in three outings.
Apr. 16 8:17 AM PT9:17 AM MT10:17 AM CT11:17 AM ET11:17 ET15:17 GMT23:17 8:17 AM MST10:17 AM EST10:47 AM VEN19:17 UAE10:17 AM CT-Paxton extended his season-opening scoreless streak to 21 innings, shutting down the Texas Rangers with eight innings of two-hit ball in Seattle's 5-0 win Saturday night.
Analysis: Paxton struck out nine and his only walk was to the first batter he faced. He hasn't allowed a run yet in three starts this year, and his scoreless stretch is a team record to open a season. He's the 10th pitcher in the majors ever to open a season with three scoreless starts of at least six innings.
Apr. 11 9:45 AM PT10:45 AM MT11:45 AM CT12:45 PM ET12:45 ET16:45 GMT0:45 9:45 AM MST11:45 AM EST12:15 PM VEN20:45 UAE11:45 AM CT-Paxton pitched seven innings of four-hit ball, striking out eight and leading the Mariners past the Houston Astros 6-0 on Monday in Seattle's home opener.
Analysis: Paxton shut down Houston for the second time in a week, helping the Mariners rebound from Sunday's ugly ninth-inning collapse against the Angels. In 13 innings against the Astros this season, Paxton has not allowed a run and scattered six hits.
Apr. 6 7:55 AM PT8:55 AM MT9:55 AM CT10:55 AM ET10:55 ET14:55 GMT22:55 7:55 AM MST9:55 AM EST10:25 AM VEN18:55 UAE9:55 AM CT-Paxton allowed just two hits, one walk and no runs in six innings, while striking out five in the Mariners' 5-3, 13-inning loss to the Astros on Wednesday.
Analysis: Paxton was really impressive after the All-Star break last season and this was a good early indication that he's poised to take the next step in Seattle's rotation.
Mar. 4 3:50 PM PT4:50 PM MT5:50 PM CT6:50 PM ET18:50 ET23:50 GMT7:50 4:50 PM MST6:50 PM EST7:20 PM VEN3:50 UAE (+1)5:50 PM CT-Paxton threw 40 pitches Saturday against Colorado in his spring training debut.
Analysis: Paxton, a projected part of the Mariners' starting rotation along with Felix Hernandez, Drew Smyly, Hisashi Iwakuma and Yovani Gallardo, went two innings. He gave up two runs, those coming on a home run by Ian Desmond, and three hits. Paxton went 6-7 with a 3.79 ERA in 20 starts last season, spending almost three weeks on the disabled list with an elbow injury in August.

Regular Season

Pitching Statistics
Year Team W L Sv-Op G GS CG IP H R ER HR BB IBB K WHIP ERA
2013 Sea 3 0 0 - 0 4 4 0 24.0 15 5 4 2 7 2 21 0.92 1.50
2014 Sea 6 4 0 - 0 13 13 0 74.0 60 29 25 3 29 2 59 1.20 3.04
2015 Sea 3 4 0 - 0 13 13 0 67.0 67 34 29 8 29 1 56 1.43 3.90
2016 Sea 6 7 0 - 0 20 20 0 121.0 134 62 51 9 24 3 117 1.31 3.79
2017 Sea 12 3 0 - 0 20 20 0 119.2 96 39 37 7 33 1 138 1.08 2.78
Career 30 18 0 - 0 70 70 0 405.2 372 169 146 29 122 9 391 1.22 3.24

Hitting Statistics
Year Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2013 Sea 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .000 .500 .000
2014 Sea 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2015 Sea 13 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2016 Sea 20 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 .000 .250 .000
Career 70 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 0 0 .000 .222 .000


Pitching Velocity

Pitch TypePitchesMaxMinAvgPct
Fastball 1297 99 90 95.6 65.18
Curveball 424 84 75 80.3 21.31
Slider 209 93 85 88.6 10.5
Changeup 60 90 83 86.5 3.02

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