Mariners manager Eric Wedge discussed the offense in the video above. But afterward, he kind of took a deep breath and said:
" I'd really like to get this one today. You always want to win, but this is really a separator for the road trip."
The Mariners are 2-4 on this road trip. To pull out a win would be a nice way to end as they head home for 15 of their next 18 games at Safeco Field.
Adam Kennedy gets a much-needed day off. It's instructive to remember that he is 35 years old. And he wasn't brought into be an every day guy.
"Hey, I want to play him every day, but I have to stay ahead of him physically," Wedge said. "We were probably pushing him a little bit yesterday. I knew he was going to get a day today, he knew he was going to get a today. I have to keep in mind to we are running toward the end on this 20 day stretch. What this does is real. Twenty days in a row at this level is real. That's why they only allow you to do 20 days in a row."
It works for the starting pitchers too.
"With the exception of Felix none of these kids have been have gone every fifth day, like we’ve been doing," Wedge said. "They haven’t. That’s real too. Whether it be being young, injury or lack of experience, we’ve got all of the above."
Expect Jamey Wright to continue to pitch in non-lead situations like yesterday.
"Those are the opportunities for him, I'd like to pull him back and use him in that role and get him going," Wedge said. "That's what we have to do. The bullpen continues to evolve and keep turning over."
Wedge said that Wright had lose some of the leverage and downward tilt on his fastball. It had flattened out and was getting hit hard. There were signs in yesterday's outing that it was improving.
Last night Michael Pineda admitted he was trying to conserve some energy and his fastball in the early innings. Wedge wasn't surprised or disappointed by it. Most of the power pitchers do it. It's a matter of finding a way to conserve while still getting outs.
"I think he’s still learning that," Wedge said. "That whole conserving early, it’s still the big leagues and these guys are ready to rock and roll. You can lose it as easy in the first as you can in the eighth."
Wedge mentioned that Felix, Justin Verlander are able to do that, and he also mentioned Pedro Martinez as being one of the best at that. But all three of those pitches have multiple quality secondary pitches as well as two-seam fastballs. Pineda is essentially throwing 2 1/2 pitches right now. So it's a little more difficult to "pitch" his way into outs early while saving something for later innings.
- 51 Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
- 26 Brendan Ryan SS
- 17 Justin Smoak (S) 1B
- 29 Jack Cust (L) DH
- 8 Carlos Peguero (L) LF
- 30 Miguel Olivo C
- 21 Franklin Gutierrez CF
- 9 Chone Figgins (S) 3B
- 2 Jack Wilson 2B
- 14 Austin Jackson CF
- 32 Don Kelly (L) 3B
- 26 Brennan Boesch (L) RF
- 24 Miguel Cabrera 1B
- 41 Victor Martinez (S) C
- 12 Andy Dirks (L) LF
- 27 Jhonny Peralta SS
- 13 Alex Avila (L) DH
- 39 Ramon Santiago (S) 2B