Feb 22, 2014; Dunedin, FL, USA; Baseballs lie in a glove as the Toronto Blue Jays work out at the Bobby Mattick Training Center. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Mariners’ Roenis Elias has another strong outing vs Rockies

The Seattle Mariners went up against a split squad Colorado Rockies team today with left handed Cuban pitcher Roenis Elias taking the mound for the Mariners.

Elias, just like Erasmo Ramirez, is making a strong case for himself when it comes to making the Major League roster and locking up a spot in the starting rotation. Both men have pitched extremely well during Cactus League play, and continued to do so in their recent outings.

Today against the Rockies, Elias surrendered two runs over five and one-third innings while striking out four batters. His ERA has improved to 2.04 through 17 and two-third innings, which is absolutely amazing.

It’s also worth noting that the 25 year old lefty was a non-roster invitee.

He received some help from first baseman Justin Smoak today, who finished the game two for three with a home run. The 27 year old first baseman is expected to start at his respected position on Opening Day.

If Ramirez and Elias are able to help out King Felix with this starting rotation, this team is going to be very dangerous and could possibly reach the postseason.

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