Unfortunately that video doesn't contain the best line that Eric Wedge has uttered in weeks.
After once again discussing at length the Mariners hitting problems and what to do about them, he said this:
There's a lot of positives going on with this team, hitting is not one of them.
Preach Brother Wedge, preach on.
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The absence of Justin Smoak in the lineup was planned by Wedge. He wanted to get him some rest, and it makes sense to do it against right-hander Colby Lewis since the switch-hitting Smoak is struggling from the left-side of the plate.
"It's weird cause last year, I struggled from the right side, this year its the left," Smoak said. "I guess that's baseball."
Smoak is hitting just .206 (43-for-209) left-handed. Of course, the sample size is far smaller from the right-side where he is hitting .283 with just 92 at-bats.
But Smoak admits he's just uncomfortable at the plate right now. It's evident in some of the fastballs, he's getting and not hitting.
There was a 3-1 count of recent memory where Smoak was looking fastball, got fastball and fouled it back.
"Yeah, I'm just kind of in between on fastballs right now," he said. "It wasn't like that earlier. Now I'm in between on fastballs and out in front on offspeed pitches. That's not a real good situation."
Talked with Dustin Ackley for a little bit pregame. The Mariners star rookie went down to Fort Lewis in the South Sound to sign autographs for a group event for soldiers from Fort Lewis and McCord Air Force Base.
"There were a lot of people," he said. "It's really amazing how many people are there on those bases. How many soldiers live and work there."
There was no specific reason for Ackley doing the event other than he was asked to do it and gladly agreed to do.
"It's something that you don't want to take for granted," he said.
Ackley doesn't have any family members in the military but has friends from high school and from around his town that have served.
According the Mariners, Ackley signed over 500 autographs for troops and their families.