It's the second time this year that the veteran right-hander will make a spot start for Seattle.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Mariners announced that right-hander Christian Bergman will be recalled from Class AAA Tacoma on Friday and start in Felix Hernandez’s open spot in the rotation vs. the Rockies in Denver. Seattle bumped James Paxton from his projected start on Friday to start on Thursday in Anaheim, leaving an open spot.
With Rob Whalen on the minor league disabled list because of arm fatigue and veteran Ross Detwiler not on the 40-man roster, Bergman was the logical choice to fill in the spot in the rotation.
“Bergy came up when he had to fill in a spot when we had that doubleheader and did a really good job for us down before,” manager Scott Servais said. “He’s been throwing the ball well (in Tacoma). He fits in well. Hopefully he gives us a good outing.”
Bergman tossed seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits and striking out five against the Tigers in that spot start on May 12, but didn’t get the win. He’s 6-6 with a 4.78 ERA in 18 starts with the Rainiers this season.
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The 30-year-old right-hander is more than familiar with Coors Field, which might not be a good thing. He was taken by the Rockies in the 24th round of the 2010 draft out of Cal Irvine Prior to joining the Mariners before last season, Bergman had spent his entire career in the Rockies organization. He made 55 appearances with the Rockies, posting a 7-9 record and a 5.79 ERA over parts of three seasons with Colorado. In seven starts and 23 relief appearances at Coors Field, Bergman is 6-4 with a 6.69 ERA.
“It’s just go with the guy who you think fits the best and he’s certainly deserving,” Servais said.
To be fair, most pitchers that had to make several appearances at Coors Field don’t have great numbers given the altitude and the way the ball carries. The massive outfield is also a haven for extra base hits.
“You can write articles and articles on it,” Servais said. “And they’ve been doing that for 20 years. I’ve played in Colorado a little bit and I worked there a little bit, it’s certainly challenging. You have to have the right mindset going in to there. It’s changed a little bit with the humidor and some of the other things that have contained it a little. But it’s going to be really hot there this weekend. And when it’s hot it helps that dry air and the ball carrying. There will be some interesting games for sure.”