An hour ago I was preparing my post for tonight feeling quite smug as the Seattle Mariners were up 5-1 on the Washington Nationals and Houston was leading the Rangers 4-2. I was beginning to formulate a post about our first place Mariners and the great game tonight featuring and the wonderful defense and offense put together tonight by his teammates on a hot night back in D.C.
But then the Baseball Gods stepped-in and scolded manager for pulling Fister after throwing only 99 pitches through eight innings in order to allow closer to get some work. You don”t see coming into games like this in order to get work, no this is a situation where you either leave the starter in or use someone that does not get the ball often. But alas Eric Wedge went against the established wisdom of those who have gone before him and made a huge mistake in judgement that cost the Mariners the game as the Nationals rallied and won 6-5. And to add insult to injury the Texas Rangers came back and beat the Astros 5-4 to complete the nightmare.
Now don”t get me wrong the error that started off the ninth by on a routine grounder by Jason Werth was no thing of beauty either, but League managed to induce a double play before coming out of the game after getting hit by a line drive off the calf. Wedge then went to the overused with a couple runners on and two outs to face who proceeded to hit a three-run walk-off homer which allowed the Nationals to ruin the night for Mariners Nation.
Once again Eric Wedge went too one of the guys he is comfortable with instead of utilizing relievers or which continues the pattern of basically operating with a four-man bullpen which in my opinion is unsustainable. If Ray or Gray are not good enough to pitch when needed then it is time to bring back or someone else to give our bullpen some depth.
This is the first time I have posted a critical post about our new manger Eric Wedge and I still think he is great, but he needs to take the heat for his decisions tonight, and the way has gone to the well too many times with his four favorites out in the pen. Knowing the character of Wedge I imagine he will own his part in tonight”s debacle and hopefully he will learn from his mistakes so they do not continue to happen as we struggle to stay alive in the AL West race. Go M”s http://jeffsmariners.com