Mariners Insider Blog

Forget wins/losses - think strikeouts now

By virtue of their 3-0 loss to the Texas Rangers, the Seattle Mariners are now 63-89 with 10 games to play, have been shutout 14 times - and are on the threshold of American League history.

After striking out 14 times today, the Mariners now have 1,201 strikeouts in 2011. That's only 91 short of the recor Tampa set a year ago for the most strikeouts in a single season.

“The left-handers were waving at some breaking balls out of the zone. We weren’t on the fastball like we needed to be on the fastball. When we were in hitters’ counts, which is something we’ve been working hard to do, we were just off a little bit," manager Eric Wedge said.

Wedge didn't mince words about his offense after Felix Hernandez lost for the 13th time.

“When you hold a team like that to three runs, you’d like to think you  have a chance to win the ballgame. Our pitchers did their job,” he said. “That’s something that’s glaring with us, something we’ve got to improve upon.

“At some point in time, we’ve got to be more disciplined and fight a little bit better with two strikes. Just as important, if not more important, we’ve got to be in better position to do a better job in hitters’ counts and early in the count.”

And that's the story of 2011. After 152 games, the manager is still trying to teach  his hitters how to do their jobs.