As you can tell by this video, the Mariners manager was none too pleased with tonight’s effort. And it got better, because he became more irate, only I couldn’t keep videoing per MLB rules.
So will he have to deliver a message to his team?
“They will know,” he said. “If they don’t know right now, they will know.”
Wedge delivered a message in a different way, making a postgame roster move. The Mariners called up hot-hitting Mike Carp from Triple A Tacoma and optioned outfielder Mike Wilson back to the Rainiers.
But this was the most interesting line …
“We have got some of these veteran offensive players that need to be doing better,” he said. “We’re damn near 2 1/2 months into the season and people need to be doing better.”
Hmm, which veteran would he be speaking of?
Chone Figgins: .185 batting average/.227 OBP/.245 SLG
Ichiro Suzuki: .260/.313/.303
Miguel Olivo: .242/.296/.390
Jack Cust: .225/.365/.335
Seattle managed six hits in the game. But the Mariners gave at-bats away, and this is a team that simply can’t afford to give at-bats away.
“We didn’t make very good outs tonight,” Wedge said. “I didn’t think we showed tonight what we’ve been showing and the way we have to play. So I’m not pleased at all with that.”
Chicago starting pitcher Phil Humber pitched 7 2/3 innings and limited Seattle to five hits on one run with five strikeouts and three walks.
So what exactly did Humber do so well to limit the Mariners’ bats?
“I don’t know,” Adam Kennedy said after pausing for about six seconds to try and find something to say. “Him and A.J. (Pierzynski) worked well back there. He changed speeds on his fastball and he had four decent pitches.”
It wasn’t exactly a ringing endorsement of Humber’s stuff. No, this was about the Mariners not battling and understanding what they need to do at the plate.
“We just weren’t sharp,” Kennedy said. “For our offense to be consistent, we all need to be sharp and we just haven’t been the last couple of nights.”