Mariners’ James Paxton has been giant on the mound

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton throws against the Texas Rangers in the third inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Baseball might want to start paying attention to a left-hander out in Seattle.

James Paxton has been completely dominant so far this season.

On Saturday night in a 5-0 win over the Rangers, Paxton took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning, shut out Texas for eight innings and surrendered only two hits. He struck out nine and walked one.

Here are the highlights:

He couldn’t have a much better start to this year, and there are stats galore to prove it:

Here’s a sampling for Twitter reaction to Saturday night’s showing:

The Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish says Paxton’s performances have been a long time coming:

It took a little time, some tribulation, a few disabled-list stints, the use of a fake nail and fingernail hardener, a modification of his arm slot, the harnessing of a blistering high-90s fastball, refining his explosive breaking pitches and developing an aggressive streak commensurate with his talent. But it seems like the James Paxton that the Mariners and their fans once dreamily projected following his handful of brilliant outings in September of 2013 has finally arrived in April of 2017. It’s proving to be worth the wait.

What do you think of Paxton? Do you think he has the potential to win the American League Cy Young award this season?

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