Needless to say, the Mariners could use a victory later this afternon in this finale of a road trip that began so well and then went south on the team in a hurry. The Mariners are 2-6 on the trip after losing five straight, the most recent of those defeats a 12-0 thrashing last night.
This is where a coaching staff becomes so important. The Mariners simply cannot allow this recent string of setbacks to ruin everything they’ve built up over the past month. But for a few breaks, they’d have won most of the games in Cleveland and then last night’s Aaron Harang debacle would not seem to be as catastrophic as it does.
The coaching staff has to communicate what Raul Ibanez tried to last night. That this team appeared to be on the verge of a breakthrough in Cleveland, but just ran into a red hot squad.
This is a huge test for the Eric Wedge staff. They have to convince players not to aandon their approach at the plate. That the offense had run a .348 OBP on this trip heading into last night despite all the ate defeats and that one terrile outing in Anaheim doesn’t change that.
We’ll see. Because the future of this staff might depend on it. If the Mariners can’t pull out of this tailspin in time, it does not bode well down the road.
This is an area where Wedge excels more so than in-game mangement. He has to use that veteran player support network as well and get the Mariners to realize they should have won many more games on this trip and the process appears sound.
We’ll see whether they are up to the task.
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