The Mariners have updated their starting pitching probables for the final home stand of the season. The team had planned to start James Paxton on Sunday. But after a stellar outing on Tuesday of seven shutout innings and 10 strikeouts, they've decided to shut him down for the season. This is something they were considering. The plan was for Paxton to only throw around 25 innings when he was called up in September. He's thrown 24 innings in four starts. His total innings pitched is at a career high 169 2/3 innings.
Last season, he threw a total of 139 innings between Double A and the Arizona Fall League. This is a logical and a smart move. In those four big league starts, Paxton showed big league stuff, but he also exhibited consistent command and a game focus that wasn't always apparent in his time with Triple A Tacoma this season. With his strong showing, he's become a strong candidate for the 2014 starting rotation.