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SEATTLE — The Mariners’ plans on carrying three catchers went from remote possibility to potentially likely to certain intent, and now, 10 games into the season, it sure seems like a full rotation.
Cal Raleigh has made four starts while Tom Murphy and Luis Torrens have started three apiece, with manager Scott Servais essentially spreading playing time evenly. The first time through, it was Raleigh-Murphy-Torrens, then Raleigh-Torrens-Murphy, then Raleigh-Murphy-Raleigh-Torrens, though the intent was to have Torrens start the day game on Sunday to get the other guys off their feet. Torrens also DH’d on Wednesday, so he’s made four starts overall.
It’s a quirky conundrum given that Torrens’ bat is by far the best but his defense is notably behind the others. Last year, he became the everyday DH from mid-summer on, but the Mariners are also rotating that position this year with roughly 7-8 players to build in regular rest for everyday guys. Torrens is among that group, but Raleigh and Murphy aren’t.
“They all understand where we’re at, the fact that we are carrying three catchers and we’re trying to play them,” Servais said. “We’re getting really positive production out of all of them.”
Here’s a look at how they’re hitting:
Murphy: 3 G, 4-for-8, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 6 R, 2 K, 3 BB
Raleigh: 4 G, 2-for-11, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R, 3 K, 3 BB
Torrens: 4 G, 3-for-13, 2 R, 4 K, 1 BB