With righty Jerome Williams on the mound, Wedge has Raul Ibanez going in left field over Bay. Wedge is still rolling out that trio of lefties at the top. The Angels only have one lefty in the bullpen – Scott Downs. Update: make that two lefties as Sean Burnett was activated from the DL.
Only Ackley, Saunders, Smoak and Ryan have more than 10 at-bats against Williams.
The Mariners clubhouse was pretty loose with lots of people coming and going. And the players seem to have no ill effects from the rough weekend in Cleveland. Like I said on the radio yesterday — baseball players are taught to put losses behind them. It’s difficult to explain. Like the cliche goes: “Momentum is your next at-bat.”
“You have to separate,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. “We’ve always talked about that. You have to wear it for a while but you have to turn the page. When you wake up today, it’s 100 percent Angels. A lot of things happened, a lot of tough things happened, but we will better for it.”
Wedge was asked about Tom Wilhelmsen’s growth as a closer, but then also started talking about yesterday’s debacle.
“Even after that play at first base yesterday, you talk about toughness, to be able to get back on the mound and keep the game where it was, that meant a lot to me,” Wedge said. “It was one of the reasons I didn’t think it was fair to send him back out that next inning. To ask him to do something he hasn’t done this year, in a place where he was pitch count-wise. That’s just not the right thing to do.”
What’s his exact belief in using the closer?
“Once you get into the season and you get a little deeper, I think you can let them be a one-plus guy,” Wedge said. “I’ve had guys that had to be one-inning guys – the (Joe) Borowskis, the (Bob) Wickmans back in the day. They weren’t capable of doing one-plus. It was tough enough in the ninth. There will be point in times depending on his workload.”
Wedge wouldn’t say it, but the injury to Stephen Pryor was something that might make him a little gunshy as well. Pryor was hurt in his second multi-inning in three days. Of course, Wilhelmsen had three days off going into yesterday. And Wedge hasn’t been shy about using Carter Capps multiple innings …. so I really don’t know.