Mariners manager Eric Wedge went off on his team in the post-game media session. It’s one thing to see the M’s struggle to score at home. Quite another to see them flat-out manhandled by 33-year-old Aaron Cook on just 81 pitches.
“We were horrible tonight,” Wedge said. “We just stunk up the joint tonight. Nothing more to say. An 80-pitch complete game? Not taking anything away from that guy, but you can’t make it that easy for him.”
“It was just brutal.”
When a media member asked Wedge whether he’d have liked to see his team go the other way with some of the sinkers Cook was throwing, Wedge gave a “Duh!” look, eyes bulging.
“Yeah, it’s obvious,” he said. “Hell, it’s obvious to you (media) guys, it should be obvious to those guys. It’s a step back today for me offensively and that’s hard as hell to do with the way we’ve been swinging the bats at home.”
I’ve long maintained that when struggles become obvious to the naked eye of most media members, they have probably already reached the chronic stage. Things like the way Hisashi Iwakuma was pitching in spring training come to mind. And the M’s unable to do anything against a mid-talent sinkerballer tonight scream out “Problem!” loud and clear.
I mean, heck, he’s right. Even we media guys knew what the M’s needed to start doing. I had fans tweeting it to me all game long. Once again, no adjustments.
Wedge looked like a guy who’d just about had it. He’s been lenient — some would sugest to a fault — for a long time with some of these players. But these are the types of games that get managers and their coaches fired.
Think about it. Not only is it boring baseball in front of the home fans. It’s boring baseball in which the home team looks completely clueless about what to do against a pretty average pitcher.
Play too many of these games and they will stand out in the minds and eyes of those who sign the paychecks of this staff. And that’s why they tend to get real annoyed when they see these types of performances.
In a season of expectations not met, this was rock bottom. One night after a pretty dramatic win.
“I’m tired of watching it,” Wedge said. “I’m patient and I believe that nine times out of 10 you’re rewarded with patience. But there also has to be a sense of urgency with every player in that room. And you’ve got to be able to walk that line. Amd we’ve got too many people not doing it right now. We’ve got maybe a couple, or three guys swinging the bat OK right now and that’s it. Out of what? Thirteen or whatever it is?
“We just stunk up the joint tonight offensively.”
And he’s not ready to let it carry on forever. He warned tonight that some players may see their stints with the club shortened if this continues.
“We’re going to figure this thing out,” Wedge said. “We’re going to hit at home like we hit on the road. We’re not there yet. We’re not even close yet. But it will happen.
“Whether it’s the same guys in the room or not, that’s yet to be determined,” he added. “That’s up t them, But they’re not getting it done now. And I’m tired of all the bulls–t with Safeco and everything. They’ve got to take full responsibility.
“As I do for not getting them to where they need to be here offensively just yet. That’s my job, the coaches’ job. But rest assured, we’ll get them there. It’s up to them whether they want to be a part of it or not.”