It's tough to put together a seven-game stretch of pitching that could be any better than what the Mariners starters have done since the last game at Baltimore on May 12.
In the last seven outings going into Saturday night's contest, Seattle starters had gone at least seven innings in each game, compiling a 0.82 ERA (five runs in 55 innings).
"They've been outstanding," manager Eric Wedge said. "They pull for each other. They're here watching each other. They're doing what they need to be doing between starts to prepare themselves. They're very good at assessing where their last start was, where they were their last couple, three starts and where that leads them today. And I think that helps, too."
The only downside is for the couple relievers who've been rarely utilized. Chris Ray got into a game for the first time in 10 days on Friday, just his third outing in 27 days.
Jeff Gray, acquired on waivers from the White Sox on May 13, has yet to appear in a game.
"It's a byproduct of our starting pitching," Wedge said. "Ray hadn't been out there in a long time either. Hopefully it'll come in the right circumstances."
What exactly will Gray's role be, once he gets a shot?
"I told him to be ready at any point in time," said Wedge. "Eventually we'll get him out there on a somewhat regular basis and see what happens from there. Anytime you have starting pitchers doing what ours are doing, you're going to have some guys who just don't pitch."
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