The Mariners lost a game they probably should have won Tuesday, falling to the Yankees 4-3 in the Bronx. Former Mariner Shawn Kelley got his second win of 2013 while Charlie Furbush earned his second loss. Mariano Rivera, the man, the myth, the legend, notched save No. 16 in the same number of chances. Here’s what I observed in Tuesday’s loss.
Questionable umpiring mars result
The worst bit of ump-work didn’t even cost the Mariners a run. That took place when Felix Hernandez and Kendrys Morales both decided to cover first on a really weird play made on a ground ball to Robert Andino hit by Lyle Overbay. Andino’s throw arrived in plenty of time, but Felix didn’t get out of Overbay’s way. The umpires huddled and incorrectly ruled Felix interfered with Overbay, allowing him to reach base. Here’s the rule on interference from the MLB rule book, per @KJRMitch on Twitter:
“OBSTRUCTION is the act of a fielder who, while not in possession of the ball and not in the act of fielding the ball impedes the progress of any runner”
So maybe Felix technically did that, but Overbay was already called out, so it shouldn’t have mattered. Throw in Charlie Furbush getting squeezed at least twice in the costly seventh inning and Mike Morse striking out for the final out on a pitch Rivera threw at least a foot inside, and the umpiring in this game was atrocious.
Ibanez born to play in new Yankee Stadium
As a rule, Eric Wedge avoids playing Raul Ibanez against lefties. Raul only had 11 ABs against southpaws in 2o13, with just one single to show for it. But Wedge rolled the dice on Ibanez Tuesday, knowing his prowess in dealing with the right field short porch in New York. And boy, was he right. Raul hit a sharp line drive to right off of Sabathia in the sixth inning that probably would have left one out of thirty parks in the majors. Fortunately, that one park happened to be the one the Mariners were playing in at the time. Ibanez can provide a big lift with his spurts of power, and as long as he does that every once in a while, he’ll stick around for all of 2013.
Felix’s leg “issues” cost Mariners
Felix was in top form tonight. Any time runners would threaten in scoring position, he pitched out of it with his dominant changeup. But he suffered two leg injury scares, once in the fourth and again in the sixth. The second not only threw off his rhythm and cost him a mistake pitch to Overbay resulting in an RBI double, but convinced Eric Wedge that he had to pull Felix after the inning. Then Wedge pulled a perfectly fine Yoervis Medina for “lefty-specialist” Charlie Furbush, who didn’t get any lefties out unscathed. You have to think Felix’s massive contract was weighing on Wedge’s mind at that point. The move cost the Mariners the game, as Felix could have pitched the seventh inning.
The Mariners fell to 18-21 and throw Hisashi Iwakuma against Phil Hughes tomorrow at 4:05 PT
The Mariners defeated the Blue Jays in the first game of a five-game road trip to Canada and Pittsburgh Friday by a final score of 4-0. Felix Hernandez improved to 4-2 with eight shutout innings. He defeated Ricky Romero in Romero’s season debut. Romero only lasted four innings.
- Felix registered his 66th career start of eight or more innings with two or fewer runs allowed. Since his 2005 debut, he leads the major leagues in that obscure yet impressive category (Per: @Mariners).
- Kyle Seager went 3-for-4, raising his average to .304 on the young season. This is interesting, because in case you haven’t noticed, Mariners’ players don’t typically hit .300 since Ichiro stopped doing so. Also, Seager’s second hit was a first pitch, upper-tank home run off of Romero, his fourth of the year. It was absolutely destroyed, and was his third homer of the year against left-handed pitchers.
- Jason Bay hit an opposite field shot in the sixth inning to extend the Mariner lead to four. It marked Bay’s third blast of the year, and showed that Bay still has some of the power that allowed him to average 29 home runs in a six year period in his prime. The Bay over Casper Wells decision continues to look better and better for Jack Zdurencik.
- With the bases loaded and one man out in the fourth inning, Dustin Ackley fell behind Romero 0-2. Instead of wildly hacking to stay alive, a la 2012 Ackley, he patiently took three pitches, including a tempting 1-2 breaking ball. He then ripped a 3-2 fastball through the whole for an RBI single. Another base hit later on raised his average to .255, and he’s slowly but surely becoming a viable part of the lineup again.
- Initially, Hisashi Iwakuma was supposed to be starting tomorrow’s game for the M’s. Then early in the week, Eric Wedge announced Joe Saunders would swap spots and make an early start because of Iwakuma’s nagging blister. Earlier today, Wedge changed his mind, saying Iwakuma would in fact make his regularly scheduled start. Maybe there was some gamesmanship involved here, but the takeaway is that Iwakuma is still healthy enough to pitch on his regular timetable. Thanks for the distraction, Wedge.
Iwakuma takes on reigning NL Cy Young award winner R.A. Dickey tomorrow at 10:07 a.m. PT.
The Mariners most consistent and quality pitcher in 2013 has undoubtedly been Hisashi Iwakuma. Iwakuma has pitched so well, many close observers forget that he has battled a nagging blister on the middle finger of his pitching since the Spring.
It appears that the blister may finally catch up to Iwakuma, as his scheduled Saturday start against the Blue Jays was moved back to Sunday, Eric Wedge announced before Monday’s win. Joe Saunders, who won his second game of 2013 yesterday in a complete game four-hitter,
So far in 2013, Iwakuma has posted a 1.67 ERA and a 2-1 record in six starts. He ranks fifth in the American League in ERA and third in batting average against (.160). He took a no decision in Sunday’s 2-1 win over the Angels, after throwing six innings without allowing an earned run.
“We didn’t want to push him one more inning and have it get it back to where it has been, even with the extra time,” Wedge told MLB.com’s Greg Johns. “He’s working hard to get over the hump with this thing.”
Saunders is 0-3 with a 12.51 ERA in three road starts for the Mariners this year. The Mariners have Hector Noesi and Blake Beavan in the bullpen to make spot starts in the future if need arises.
The Mariners looked terrible in Houston this past week. There’s no two ways around that. They looked lifeless out on the field, and Wednesday’s 10-3 defeat where Joe Saunders resembled a pitching machine caused Eric Wedge to call a closed-door meeting after the loss.
Thursday night’s resulting 6-0 beatdown of the Angels showed why it’s too early to give up on this Mariner team.
Wedge called out his players, and the team responded. The most impressive performances of the evening came from young players who will form the core of the team for years to come. Kyle Seager continued his success with a 3-for-4 night in which he knocked in three runs and homered in the eighth inning. On the other side of the coin, Brandon Maurer put together his best outing as a professional, going 6.1 innings without surrendering a run and striking out six Angels. Both Maurer and Seager have improved as of late after rough starts. Seager even broke .300 tonight.
Carlos Peguero probably isn’t in the team’s future, but he absolutely crushed a pitch at his ankles for the third-longest (451 feet) homer in Safeco Field history in the third inning. He got it on a full count after showing some solid plate patience, something he typically lacks.
Two fringe veterans also pitched in significantly Thursday night. Endy Chavez had a three-hit night in the leadoff spot, raising his average to .310 and making a case for the Mariners to make absolutely certain Franklin Gutierrez is ready to come off of the DL when he eventually does. Even Jason Bay got in on the fun, delivering a huge bases-loaded two-run single to blow the game open in the seventh. Bay checked in with a two-hit night.
The win showed that it’s too early to count the Mariners out, regardless of how much they suck against Houston. Eric Wedge woke them up with whatever closed-door tongue lashing he delivered Wednesday, and they are back on the right track. The youth not only on the 25-man roster but in the minor league system will continue to blossom and one by one, they will arrive on the scene ready to make an impact. Hell, Nick Franklin went 5-for-5 in Tacoma Thursday, and last time I checked, the Mariners needed a shortstop.
Patience is a virtue. It’s only a matter of time.
With Felix Hernandez on the hill and the King’s Court in full effect last night, optimism for a Mariners’ win last night ran understandably high. Sure, the team opposed the Tigers and Max Scherzer, but the Mariners have a great chance of winning any game the King starts.
However, the Mariners lost a marathon 14-inning game by a score of 2-1. Score lines like that one call into question whether this team is any different than the 2012 installment, or any of the offensively anemic Seattle squads before that.
Felix pitched brilliantly for eight innings, only allowing an unearned run after Brendan Ryan booted a sharp grounder. He struck out 12 batters, one off his career-high, vanquishing eight of the nine Tigers starters at least once.
But naturally, the Mariners made Scherzer look equally as impressive for his eight innings. The M’s truly had no idea at the plate against the 29-year old righty, striking out 12 times and only scoring one run on a Raul Ibanez RBI single. Even though Felix strung together his most impressive outing of the season, the Mariners couldn’t get him the win, and never came close.
Even with Felix out, the Mariners had a great chance to win the game in the bottom of the ninth. With two on and no one out, Raul Ibanez came to the plate with a chance to walk off. But the Tigers went to lefty Phil Coke, and since Eric Wedge had already wasted the two outfielders on his bench in questionable mangerial decisions (Endy Chavez pinch hitting for Ryan, Bay pinch running for Kendrys Morales only after Michael Morse worked a 3-2 count), Raul had to hit. He has hit 20 points lower against lefties in his career and posted a .197 average against them in 2012. True to form, he killed the rally with a double play.
The Mariners proceeded to go five extra innings without sniffing a run, and lost on an RBI groundout in the fourteenth.
The Mariners played 14 innings last night. They struck out 19 times. They had 11 hits, but hit just 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position. They also left 18 players on base in total, including ten in inning-ending fashion. They failed to support another brilliant outing from their $175 million man, and have now lost three consecutive Felix starts.
So has anything changed from 2012? Sure, there are new faces, but if Justin Verlander beats the Mariners today, they fall to 6-11 after their opening home stand. Injuries aside, the Mariners appear to have a long way to go to show legitimate improvement, let alone contend in the American League West.
The season is very young, but we have already seen seven different lineups in as many games (after today). There has been little to no consistency from Eric Wedge when choosing who is going to trot out onto the field in any given day.
Robert Andino will be making his third start of the year and we are just a week in, as will Jason Bay. Raul Ibanez made his third start yesterday. That means the M’s bench has started almost half of the teams games already. I don’t know this for certain, but I think you would be hard pressed to find another team that can say that, assuming they don’t have a full platoon situation going on. But that’s the way Wedge seems to be treating it. He hasn’t said it directly, but it seems painfully clear that he views the bench players as more than that, for some unknown and, in my opinion, stupid reason or another.
On top of that, the only spot in the batting order that has remained the same in every game thus far is Michael Morse in the clean-up spot. He and Kyle Seager are the only players to have not received days off. Seager, though, has bounced between the 2,6, and now 7 hole, so he has not been a permanent fixture yet either. And to me, Morse is a guy who I would give the days off to when necessary. Now, granted he did get to DH one day, but other than that he has been in the lineup every game. With his injury history and poor defense, if I really had to give someone an off day, he would be near the top of the list to receive it. Not Dustin Ackley, Michael Saunders or Justin Smoak. Everyone needs a rest hear and there, but these young guys don’t need 2 days rest in the first week of the season.
So again we see a sign that Wedge wants to treat this as a time-share situation rather than using Raul, Bay, etc. as bench guys when the regulars actually need a rest.
Now, questionable lineup’s are not new to Wedge. They have been a theme in the past as well, including sitting Dustin Ackley on his bobble head day, a game I attended as was furious about. I mean, c’mon Wedgie. Don’t be that guy.
I can understand bringing Franklin Gutierrez along slow as well, but the dude is mashing the ball to start the year, and has not shown any signs of injury that I have seen. Sitting him the day after he mashed a leadoff dinger as well as a double just doesn’t fly with me. Even if it is a right handed pitcher, whom Guti struggles against.
Now, possibly the biggest gripe I have with this is that it seems that Wedge doesn’t know his players’ strengths and weaknesses. For example, both Saunders and Ackley hit better against lefties last season, despite being left handed themselves. That is a fairly rare occurrence. Because of that, I get the feeling that Wedge just assumes that is the case with them, and is not paying attention to the stats. Stats like Ackley’s .299 wOBA vs lefties last season, compared to .260 against righties. Despite that, Wedge has made a point to sit Ackley against any and all tough lefties the M’s face. Or his career .291 wOBA vs lefties compared to Andino’s .289. Or even Saunders’s .333 wOBA vs LHP compared to .313 vs RHP–which seems a little less prominent as Saunders is playing pretty regularly.
Those are all things that do need to be considered when creating lineups. Not everything is always that cut and dry. So in his attempt to maybe ease the pressure off Ackley–who is off to a very slow and worrying start–by sitting him against lefties, Wedge may be making it worse by not letting him hit against those he finds more success off of. And if this pattern continues, it could present a problem for Ackley in the future as he is getting even less of a shot against lefties (only about 30% of pitchers are left-handed) than normal.
These guys need consistency. They need to find a groove and keep it. It’s pretty tough to do that when you aren’t even sure if you are going to play that day. The starters should be just that–starters. They should be playing every day of the week for the most part , save for maybe one day off every two or three weeks. Raul’s bat is not good enough to require consistent playing time. Neither is Bay’s or Andino’s especially. Those are bench guys, who, believe it or not, are supposed to be on the bench in a large majority of the games. As simple as that sounds to us, Wedge seems to find it extremely difficult to comprehend.
Let’s just hope that this phase will go away soon enough. That for some unknown reason Wedge just wants to ease people in to start the year, and get everyone a little bit of playing time now or whatever. I don’t know how to rationalize it, it doesn’t make any damn sense to me either. But maybe. I mean, it is Wedge we are dealing with. As it says in the title, he makes me want to use the word “imbecile” for the first time ever, with an emphasis on the -ile like in the word “bile” (is that the British pronunciation?), which also comes to mind when I see Ibanez and Morse in the same outfield.
What do you guys think of Wedge’s lineup creation so far this season, and do you think it will continue throughout the year?
I often feel that managers are often handed too much blame. If he has a bad team, it’s not his fault they aren’t winning. For the most part, that is the case with Eric Wedge. His leadoff hitter has a .300 OBP, and his team leader in home runs is at 18. It’s tough to win ball games like that.
However, as demonstrated in this article from U.S.S. Mariner, he doesn’t help himself out much. The article outlines the fact that John Jaso was available to pitch hit for 4 right handed hitters, who were all to face a RHP. These players are Casper Wells, Miguel Olivo, Brendan Ryan and Franklin Gutierrez. I hope Dave is right, and Jaso was unavailable for some reason. It’s not like Wedge didn’t want to pitch hit, as he sent Trayvon Robinson out there for Wells.
Why else would you leave your best hitter, at least against RHP, on the bench when you have a chance to win. Especially when that guy is as clutch as Jaso has been this year. How many times have we seen him produce in important situations, either as a pitch hitter, or when he started the game.
Lineup and game management are obviously not Wedgies strong suits. He has many many questionable calls, both to start the game, and during it. DHing Olivo, really playing him regularly at all, starting Figgins (although that has been gone for a while now, thankfully), and slotting guys in odd spots in the order. So while Wedge has not had a lot to work with, he has shrunken that supply even more by sitting guys who produce more than others who are playing.
I am not necessarily saying we should fire him though. Players, especially young ones, need consistency. Changing the manager during the middle-end of a rebuilding process isn’t usually a good idea. While the new manager may do some thing better, that also means they will be done differently. Young, struggling players have enough to figure out as it is. Completely changing the mindset of their “leader” just adds to the already overwhelming situation. I am kind of on the fence at this point, and I’m not sure which I think would benefit the team. I certainly wouldn’t fire him just to fire him. There would have to be a candidate out there who the organization is confident would help the team more than Wedge does.
I do think Chris Chambiss has to go. I just think that having as many talented players struggle as we do cannot be a coincidence any longer. Something is wrong, and the logical answer is coaching. Look at Casper, Carp and even Smoak. They all showed improvement in some way after returning from AAA. Casper and Carp started to crush the ball, and Smoak’s swing has looked much shorter and quicker. The thing is, Carp and Casper didn’t end up sustaining the success. It wore off. Could it be that working with AAA hitting coach Jeff Pentland helped them, and once they went back to Chambliss they lost it. Who knows. But Smoak did put Pentland in his phone as “Hit Doctor”
So what do you guys think? Should Wedge be fired, or should we keep him around, at least for now? Feel free the comment explaining your vote as well.Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.
After tonight’s 3-2 win over the struggling Toronto Blue Jays with our Ace Felix Hernandez taking the ball tomorrow, the question once again arises as to whether or not the Mariners can manage to finish the 2012 campaign at or above .500? With a record of 69-74 the M’s have already surpassed last year’s win total by two which of course is only a slight improvement but I’ll take it.
This season is winding down rapidly and with Texas and Baltimore up next on the schedule this could be the last time when we get to pat ourselves on the back for improving in 2012 and kick around the finishing at .500 concept, only time will tell. It is apparent that we have good starting pitching, great defense, and a solid bullpen going into 2013 but as usual the big question is the offense. Now don’t get me wrong we have improved slightly in the offensive arena, especially my guy Kyle Seager who went 3-5 again tonight and leads the club in both the home run and RBI category with 18 and 81 respectively. In fact Seager played only 8 games to many last year and had 52 to many AB’s or he would be eligible for discussion in the rookie of the year debate though it would be hard to imagine anyone beating out Mike Trout this year who also played last year but did not reach the 45 game or 130 AB’s threshold.
Overall this year has been easier to watch than the last two, though I’m thinking we still need to bring in the infamous “Big Bat” that we routinely howl for here in the Seattle during the winter months but usually end up without this elusive offensive piece we need to compete. I am hopeful that with the 18 million dollar salary of Ichiro’s off the books we may be able afford at least a mid-range veteran that could hit .280 and 25 homers next year to give Eric Wedge the ammo he needs to put a winning team on the field for us fans.
I want to mention that I will be in New York this weekend taking a bit of a holiday before heading to Casablanca for a Maritime conference and thus I am heading to Yankee stadium Sunday for the Yankees-Rays game. This should be quite a setting and for me it will be my first time at the new Yankee stadium. I will try to take a couple of photos and post them here or via my twitter account fo those of you who like myself want to experience a pennant race even vicariously!
I”m going to go out on a limb and say we somehow finish right at .500 this season and not making it till the very last game against the Angels on Oct. 3rd which I plan to attend…..What do you think? Go M’s http://jeffsmariners.com
Scene one: The Mariners are basking in the glow of a two-run lead. It’s been three innings since the opposing team manufactured a run, and with the first batter of the ninth inning, a fastball lands easily in the glove of the left fielder. The pitcher works an 0-2 count, then gives up a single to batter No. 2. The next batter receives a double; the fourth, a four-pitch walk. With the bases juiced, the last batter of the inning grounds into a double play.
Scene two: After eight scoreless innings, the Mariners trail by a single run. The ninth begins with a four-pitch walk, followed by a line drive off the pitcher’s glove. With runners in scoring position, the pitcher issues an intentional walk to the third batter, grabs a three-pitch strikeout with the fourth, and induces a double play on his 13th and final pitch.
In the first scene, the Mariners win. The lead is preserved, the crowd breathes a sigh of relief, and the feeling is one of pleasant, though not overt, surprise. In the second scenario, the Mariners lose. Despite an effective outing, the offense falters in the bottom of the ninth, and fans walk away from the game feeling unjustifiably disappointed in the closer.
Perhaps you guessed, and rightly so, that the pitchers in question are Tom Wilhelmsen and Brandon League. It may not be apparent from the scenes described, but the postgame emotions are relatively familiar to the Mariners fanbase. With six blown saves, League incurred wrath regardless of recent success. In equal measure, Wilhelmsen inspires unwavering trust with his knack for getting out of jams, even when he creates them.
Let me make this clear: Tom Wilhelmsen is not the new Brandon League. However, some of the situations he’s been entrusted with have reawakened feelings that, as one SoDo writer put it, are “League-like.” Could Wilhelmsen become the next League? Unlikely. Still, my feelings regarding both closers have been so colored by emotion and habit, rather than a solid understanding of their track records, that I’d like to put this to rest once and for all.
Without proper context, there are a few similarities between the two:
48 H 49 H
20 R/18 ER 20 R/18 ER
1 HR 4 HR
19 BB 23 BB
6 HLD 7 HLD
6 BS 3 BS
League’s allowed home run total is impressive, to say the least—even taking into account his 12 appearances for the Dodgers, he has just one homer on the season. On closer examination, League carries a ground ball rate of 46.8%, while just 25.7% of outs are made on fly balls, yielding a GB/FB rate of 1.82. By comparison, batters facing Wilhelmsen make 46.0% of outs on ground balls and 37.4% on fly balls for a GB/FB rate of 1.23.
Before you go burning those Bartender jerseys, however, let’s examine the next set of numbers.
.272 AVG .210 AVG
.307 wOBA .271 wOBA
38 SO 70 SO
9 SV 20 SV
3.63 ERA 2.64 ERA
3.46 FIP 2.82 FIP
1.42 K/BB 3.29 K/BB
The first two things that jump out at me are Wilhelmsen’s additional 11 saves and .210 AVG. While this paints him in a highly favorable light, seven of those saves were earned after Brandon League’s departure, not to mention League’s lack of save opportunities after losing the closing role to Wedge’s closer-by-committee approach.
With regard to batting average, Wilhelmsen outperforms League in every situation. Opponents are batting .227 against Tom and .274 against Brandon in their home parks. At Safeco Field, the numbers drop to .191 against Tom and .271 against Brandon. Aside from the Safeco fences doing their part, Wilhelmsen sees a strand rate of 79.0%, almost 10% higher than League’s rate of 69.9%.
Finally, keep in mind that League’s numbers are based on his three months with the Mariners (disregarding his 12 appearances, loss, and 6.00 ERA in Dodger blue). In that time, he recorded 46 outings and 44.2 IP, while Wilhelmsen has racked up 58 appearances and 61.1 IP so far.
Of course, Wilhelmsen’s dominance is just reflected in his results; you can find his pitch arsenal and its effectiveness analyzed in depth over here. Equally as valid is the point that Brandon League’s performances are rendered moot with his move to Southern California. Then again, this isn’t really an argument for either pitcher. I stand by the Mariners’ decision to send League to L.A.—while I wish him the best, I’ll take “Last Call” over “Closing Time” any day.
You are 17.5 games out of first place.
To build a team capable of taking the AL West, skip ahead three years.
To abandon all hope of seeing .500, skip ahead to the end of this series.
If only the Mariners were more like a choose-your-own adventure book. We could fast forward the nasty parts, the paths that lead to oblivion, the rebuilding strategies that fall through, and the months of record low attendance. We could jettison players who will never pan out, gloss over lopsided trades, and head straight towards that inevitable World Series championship run.
Unfortunately, the only options we’re presented with right now are the fluctuating philosophies of manager Eric Wedge; that is, methods of coping with the fourth-losingest team in MLB. Most days, especially those following a blown save or failed rally, Wedge exhibits the perfect measure of indignation and resolve. When he says, “We’re not going to keep watching people do the same thing over and over again and live with it,” we believe him, at least until he trots out an identical lineup the following day, usually one with Olivo batting above the 8-spot or Ichiro leading off at DH.
As fans, it’s easy to connect with the fire-and-brimstone Wedge. We’re frustrated, too. We’re the ones paying anywhere from $15 to $60 to watch Jesus Montero ground out on the first pitch and Albert Pujols take Felix deep in the heart of unhittable Safeco Field.
However, fire-and-brimstone Wedge vanished somewhere between Prince Fielder claiming the Home Run Derby title and the collective National League shutting out the collective American League. By the time the All-Star break drew to a close, Wedge was preaching a radically different message to his team. Instead of the improve or pack your bags approach, he advocated a mantra of love, tolerance, and relaxation. Per Geoff Baker in The Seattle Times, Wedge said, “One thing we have to do is get them in a better position where they can come out and perform. Relaxing and being confident is part of it.”
Don’t get me wrong: there’s nothing wrong with a little TLC toward a team that battled through a 36-51 split in the first half. Managing a major league ballclub, especially one as raw as the Mariners, cannot be easy, and I applaud Wedge for doing what he can with the players he’s been entrusted.
Still, it’s clear that everyone, from the front office to the blogging community, is at the end of their rope with the way this season has been handled. Moving in the fences doesn’t seem to be the answer; nor does moving players back to Triple-A. Trading for key pieces is almost impossible, as any Mariner of worth to another club is under lock and key.
What we need from Wedge at this point is just what he’s asked from his own players: production and consistency. I can accept that The Plan is more likely to span ten years than two, that Montero will not be the superstar catcher/DH in 2012 that we anticipated, that Chone Figgins will be warming the bench for a lot longer than he should. What I cannot accept are these shifting moods from the manager responsible for creating game-winning lineups.
Make a choice, Eric Wedge. You can be the good cop—the one who nurtures the team, who encourages them to try harder after each brutal loss, who draws from a never-ending supply of patience with struggling rookies and veterans alike. Or, you can be the bad cop—the one whose fiery words will inspire players to pick up their game and ship them off to figure things out in the farm system if they don’t.
Whatever you do, don’t threaten to demote under-performing players, then tell us that we need to put more trust in The Plan to iron out the kinks with this crop of Mariners. You may be on the path to building a stronger team, but you are not doing anything to strengthen the hearts of Mariners fans.
It has only been less than two weeks since Eric Wedge finally gave up on Chone Figgins. The entire city of Seattle breathed a sigh of relief knowing that they would no longer have to watch him and his sub-Mendoza line batting average every night. … [visit site to read more]
At what point do you shorten the leash of an underperforming player?
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I’d love to have guys with good makeup and good character, committed to the city and the ballclub. But, when all is said and done, talent wins.
- Jack Zduriencik
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The Mariners are on their way back East to face the Detroit Tigers still reeling from a homestand that started out ok and ended-up being a blur of disappointment that has left may of us fans at a familiar place emotionally with this club. I did somehow manage to make it to the infamous game where the Mariners won 4-1 over the Indians yet drew the fewest fans in Safeco history last week which as it turns out was sort of a perverse high point of the homestand! From there of course it got worse with blown save by League in the ninth last Thursday after a valiant effort by King Felix, a couple of usual dull losses including yesterday”s game, and another stupid bobblehead night that didn’t even draw enough fans to give away the toys to the casual fans. And of course how can we forget the infamous “Perfect Game” that was thrown against us Saturday to mix into the smoldering stew of ineptitude.
I suppose you can see why I have not been posting on this Mariners Blog for a few days as just when I think I have gotten over one nightmare another one seems to surface even harder on the collective psyche of those of us who are true fans, or maybe true masochist’s.
Not much sense in reviewing who is doing bad vs. who is doing terrible this year as outside Felix and Ichiro none of our guys have been to impressive thus far. So what now? Is it going to be another long painful 100-loss season, or will Eric Wedge and his crew be able to manage some sort of miracle resurgence like they did last year to keep the natives interested until October? I have some hope, but judging from the people I talk to here in Seattle most folks simply don’t even care anymore. We are perhaps in the final stages of the grieving process so to speak where we all move to acceptance and stop fighting it anymore. But how do you listen or watch games every day during the only days of the year when the weather is nice knowing you are wasting your time and you should be out kayaking or swimming or whatever normal non-Mariners fans do in the NW summer? This next road trip could be the answer for many of us, stay tuned. Go Away Chuck and Howard! http;//jeffsmariners.com