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39 Carson Smith RP
Height/Weight: 6-6/213 | Birthdate: 10/19/1989 | Birthplace: Dallas, TX | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Seattle | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 42/31 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Mariners closer Carson Smith takes second straight loss


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:56 am ET) Mariners closer Carson Smith struggled for a second straight game Monday in a loss to Arizona.

Smith opened the 10th inning in a tie game with two walks and a hit-by-pitch sandwiched around a strikeout. He was removed, but a sacrifice fly scored the go-ahead run and tagged him with the loss.

He has allowed three runs and taken two defeats in his last two appearances.


McLendon seeks to lighten load on Mariners RP Carson Smith


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2015) A poor performance by Mariners closer Carson Smith on Saturday has Lloyd McLendon a bit concerned about workload. The manager has vowed not to overwork the rookie.

The appearance was his third in three days and fourth in five. He pitched hitless ball in the other three, but allowed two runs without retiring a batter Saturday.

"My belief is you try to protect young relievers," McLendon told MLB.com. "You try not to pitch them more than three days in a row, and you see how the ball's coming out. Obviously we don't want him to go out and throw 80 innings. That's not going to happen."

Smith has saved nine games in 10 opportunities and owns a 2.21 ERA.


Mariners' Carson Smith saves ninth of year


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2015) Mariners reliever Carson Smith earned his ninth save of the year, all in the last nine attempts, with a perfect ninth inning against Toronto on Friday. 

Smith had his first perfect one-inning outing since July 6. He struck out one and protected a three-run lead. 


Carson Smith picks up eighth save for Mariners


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2015) Mariners reliever Carson Smith picked up his eighth save, Tuesday against Detroit. 

Smith converted his eighth straight save opportunity, by getting a four-out save. He stranded one runner and protected a two-run lead.


Mariners RP Carson Smith notches seventh save of year


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/18/2015) Mariners relief pitcher Carson Smith wasn't his best on Saturday, but he had enough left in the tank to close out his team's win over the Yankees.

Smith allowed a run in the ninth inning before shutting New York's hope of a comeback down and recording his seventh save of the season. He struck out two batters in the process.

Smith has a 1.93 ERA with 47 strikeouts and six walks in 37 1/3 innings of relief this season.


Mariners RP Carson Smith picks up save in win over Angels


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/10/2015) Mariners relief pitcher Carson Smith might have earned the easiest save of his career on Thursday against the Angels.

Smith threw two pitches, both for strikes, and recorded the final out of a 7-2 victory. He earned his sixth save of the season in the process.

Smith ahs a 1.78 ERA in 35 1/3 innings of relief this season.


Mariners RP Carson Smith gets four outs for fifth save on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/21/2015) Mariners reliever Carson Smith came on with two outs in the top of the eighth inning, and worked a perfect 1 1/3 innings to record his fifth save of the season on Saturday. Smith struck out two batters to pick up the four-out save and preserve the 6-3 win over the Astros.

Smith is a perfect 5-for-5 in save chances since taking over the closer role earlier this month. Despite being scored upon in two of his last five appearances, the young right-hander owns an impressive 1.52 ERA on the season.


Carson Smith saves fourth straight for Mariners


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2015) Mariners reliever Carson Smith saved his fourth straight game, Friday against Houston. 

Smith has recorded saves in four of his last five appearances. He started the ninth with a three-run lead and retired the side in order, striking out one. 


Mariners ready to put Fernando Rodney back in closer's role?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2015) Mariners reliever Carson Smith will remain manager Lloyd McClendon's top choice to close out games. However, it appears Fernando Rodney might be closer to regaining the ninth-inning role after throwing three straight scoreless outings.

“Obviously, Carson has done a nice job,” McClendon said Wednesday, per The News Tribune. “I’ve said all along the biggest question with Carson is the ability to go back-to-back and, sometimes, back-to-back-to-back (or) three out of five.

“I will say this: Probably on days when Smith can not go, you might see Rodney or a combination of Rodney and somebody else.”

McClendon is really pleased to see Rodney getting on track.

“A lot of ground balls,” McClendon said. “A lot of strikes. Adding and subtracting from the fastball. Slowing down and letting the arm catch up. He’s close.

“Listen, we need Fernando Rodney if we’re going to be successful this year. I think he’s well on his way back to being that pitcher that we all want him to be. When he’s hitting his spots, he can get easy outs.”


Mariners P Carson Smith earns third save of year


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2015) Mariners reliever Carson Smith picked up his third save of the season in Wednesday night's 2-0 victory over the Giants. 

Smith entered the game and recorded the game's final out to pick up the save. Charlie Furbush recorded the first two outs of the final frame of the game. Smith now has an ERA of 1.65. 


Mariners RP Carson Smith earns second save of season Tuesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2015) While Mariners pitcher Carson Smith struggled during his outing Tuesday, he was able to close the door on the Indians to earn his second save of the season.

Smith allowed a solo home run to Yan Gomes in the ninth inning, but he recorded the final three outs to close the 3-2 win.


Mariners RP Carson Smith records first MLB save on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/7/2015) Mariners reliever Carson Smith earned his first career save in Saturday's 2-1 win over the Rays. Smith tossed a perfect ninth inning, recording one strikeout in the process. 

Usual closer Fernando Rodney endured two rough outings in a row, so manager Lloyd McClendon opted to send out the young Smith to close out Saturday's game. Smith has allowed just one run over his last 12 appearances and owns a highly-respectable 1.08 ERA this season.


Mariners' McClendon: We have to be careful with Carson Smith


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2015) If you take a quick look at Mariners rookie reliever Carson Smith's numbers, you can make the easy conclusion he is having a pretty good season. He is 1-2 with a 1.17 ERA and 0.74 WHIP in 24 outings. He also has 28 strikeouts to just five walks in 23 innings.

With closer Fernando Rodney struggling, Smith appears to be a potential option to step into the closer's role, if manager Lloyd McClendon were to make a change. However, if that were to happen, it doesn't appear Smith would be his first choice.

“We have to be careful with him, particularly with his innings," McClendon said, per The News Tribune. "Particularly with back-to-back-to-back (situations). I’m not sure if he can do that. I think his velocity goes down quite a bit.

“He doesn’t yet have his man muscles. He needs to mature and continue to develop. He’s doing a nice job, but I think part of him doing a nice job is the fact we’ve put him in positions where he can be successful. When you’re a closer, you don’t have that (luxury). It is what it is, and you’ve got to go in and get it done.”


Mariners reliever Carson Smith earning role as setup man


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Mariners relief pitcher Carson Smith doesn't have a defined role out of the bullpen, but it is becoming more and more clear by the game, according to The News Tribune.

Smith was called upon Friday and Saturday in the eighth inning to setup for closer Fernando Rodney. He did not allow a run in either inning, lowering his ERA to 0.90 in 20 innings of work.

"He's done a tremendous job for us," manager Lloyd McClendon said, "but we've got to be careful. We've got to be sure we don't overuse him, but he's got a bright future. That sinker is special.

"He's got a nice slider. More than anything, he's got great makeup. I think he's built for it."


Mariners pitcher Carson Smith still going through learning process


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Mariners relief pitcher Carson Smith is still finding out just how up and down the majors can be. The reliever had posted 20 consecutive scoreless innings before surrendering a go-ahead home run to Evan Gattis last week.

"I've had both sides," Smith said to The News Tribune. "I've been on the losing end and the winning end. You've just got to keep your head up and know that you're good enough to pitch up here. Prepare yourself that way."

Manager Lloyd McClendon still thinks it's very early to decide on how good Smith can be.

"It is a growing process," McClendon said, "but the thing I really like is is the ability to get back in there, get back in the fire and compete. He's not shying away. That's a good sign."

Smith is trying to keep a short memory.

"I try to flush it out as quick as I can," Smith said. "It'd be easy to say it's gone the minute it's over, but that's not the case. You sleep on it that night. But when you wake up and get to the field the next day by that time, it's gone."


Mariners reliever Carson Smith gives up first run of the season


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/3/2015) Mariners rookie relief pitcher Carson Smith had gotten off to a fantastic start, not allowing a run in his first 19 1/3 appearances in the majors, but he finally picked up a blemish on his ledger Sunday, allowing a home run to Houston's Evan Gattis.

Smith had pitched in 20 straight scorless games to start his career, the third-longest streak in MLB history. But Gattis' home run sent the Mariners to their fourth straight defeat. 

"It's baseball," Smith told MLB.com. "You give up hard-hit balls and get outs and you can give up soft-hit balls and get hits. That's the way it works. Today it didn't work out in my favor. I'll learn from it and move forward."


Carson Smith blows save in eighth for Mariners


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Reliever Carson Smith suffered a blown save in the eighth inning of the Mariners' win on Saturday. 

Smith entered the game with one out and the tying run on third. After striking out pinch hitter Ike Davis, he gave up a game-tying double to Brett Lawrie. 

Smith allowed one hit and one walk in an inning and two thirds. He didn't have a run charged against him and struck out three. 


Mariners option Carson Smith to Triple-A Tacoma


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) The Mariners optioned pitcher Carson Smith to Triple-A Tacoma Sunday. He surrendered four earned runs in 8 2/3 innings this spring while striking out eight and walking five.

Carson Smith picks up win vs. Angels


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Mariners pitcher Carson Smith earned a win Tuesday, walking one and striking out one in two scoreless innings in his team's 13-2 victory over the Angels.

Smith took over for an injured Roenis Elias and handled business in the fourth and fifth innings, and the offense exploded for 13 unanswered runs after falling behind 2-0 in the first inning. Smith has tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings while striking out six and walking two.


The Mariners announce September roster moves


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) The Mariners announced their September callups on Monday. The following players were promoted from the minors: Corey Hart, Justin Smoak, Stefen Romero, Humberto Quintero, Taijuan Walker and Lucas Luetge, Carson Smith. Additionally, Willie Bloomquist was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Mariners send Nick Franklin, Carson Smith to minor-league camp


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2013) The Mariners announced Friday that infielder Nick Franklin and pitcher Carson Smith have been re-assigned to minor-league camp.

One of the Mariners' top hitting prospects, Franklin posted a .233/.294/.433 line in 30 spring at-bats. He'll work on conquering Triple-A pitching this season.Smith was excelling in his first spring-training look since being drafted in the eighth round in 2011, allowing just one earned run on three hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in seven innings of work.He should spend the early part of the year at Double-A but could soon push for a bullpen spot in the majors.