Delabar making most of opportunities

Delabar making most of opportunities

Delabar making most of opportunities
SEATTLE -- After a rough start to his season, right-handed Mariners reliever Steve Delabar has gotten on a roll lately and capped that off with his second career victory in Monday's 3-2 comeback win over the Tigers.

Both of Delabar's wins now have come on walk-offs, including a dramatic 12-inning victory over the Yankees on Sept. 14 at Safeco Field when Luis Rodriguez launched a game-winning home run. Monday's victory came when Seattle scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth.

"Wins are always fun, and when it's a walk-off, it's the best," said the 28-year-old. "I guess with each of my wins now, I have a story."

But Delabar's biggest story this season may be the way he righted himself after giving up four home runs in 4 2/3 innings in his first five appearances. Since then, he hasn't allowed any long balls and has given up just three runs over 11 1/3 innings in 11 outings.

Manager Eric Wedge trusts Delabar enough that his 16 appearances were tied for the Major League lead going into Tuesday.

"A lot of it is just getting comfortable in different situations," said Wedge. "He just had a couple appearances last year in a different role, of course. But this year, we've been using him in more vital roles -- him as well as [Tom] Wilhelmsen.

"They've had some tough outings where they've learned from it, but they've had a lot of success in tough situations as well. I think it's just getting a feeling for himself and what works. A lot of times the league has to kind of tell you what's working and what's not. There's no practice for that. You just have to go out and do it."

Delabar said he's working on adding a slider to his arsenal, but mostly he's just gotten into a rhythm in his first full season in the Majors. Last year, he was a September callup after beginning the season in Class A ball.

"I feel good," he said. "But I think the whole thing is, we're a month in now and able to establish a consistent routine. Just getting in a groove that way and being consistent with that makes everything else a lot easier."