Topic: jack zdurienck; eric wedge; fired; astros
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September 11, 2013 at 11:38 PM
We’ve been down this road with the Mariners before. Saw it in 2008 and 2010. Now, we’re seeing it again in 2013 and sooner or later, the question will have to be answered by somebody in charge of this Mariners franchise.
How are GM Jack Zduriencik and manager Eric Wedge supposed to survive this?
The Mariners just got swept three straight by the Houston Astros, far and away the worst team in major league baseball. They were outscored 25-7 and played in front of crowds ranging from 9,800 or so to 11,656 tonight. Those are the announced crowds. There wasn’t much of a line for garlic fries tonight.
Worse than the indifferent crowds is the seemingly indifferent play by the Mariners. The players insist they haven’t given up and manager Wedge does as well. Heck, he’d better hope they haven’t because that will reflect very poorly on a guy already in a heap of trouble as this season crawls to a devastating finish.
If they haven’t packed it in, the Mariners certainly look like a group running on empty. And that’s with more than two weeks of season to go. Tonight, they mustered four hits.
Right now, they are on pace for 90 losses. But that’s about to change with this road trip, where the Mariners play a taxing 10 games against two first-place teams and then the Angels. They can’t count on Felix Hernandez much anymore, so that’s already a blow. Play like this the rest of the season, the Mariners will be lucky to go even 3-13. That’s a 94-loss season, if you’re keeping score.
And that’s while playing 19 games against a 50-96 Houston squad. The Mariners finished just 10-9 against the Astros and that alone is an indictment.
The kicker now is, we’re starting to hear that a lot of that may have to do with how young the team is.
“We’re just younger,’’ Wedge said. “We’re a younger ballclub. The veterans were doing a little bit more for us in the first half. We’ve got young pitchers in the starting rotation. A lot of these kids are in September and they haven’t played in September before.’’
Remember back in July, when the team was hyping its youthful infusion to the hilt and folks were citing it as the reason the Mariners had won eight in a row? Wasn’t really true back then, either, if you check the stats from that streak. But now, it certainly isn’t the case. This team looks like it’s flatlined and you could actually see it coming because the minor league schedule would normally be done for many of these young Mariners by now and their bodies are into overtime. So now, the fact that they’re young is being pointed at as a reason the team is losing, instead of winning.