Manager Eric Wedge saw his team play its first 15 games, and he'd seen enough.
The Mariners were last in the league in batting average, next to last in ERA, 12th of 14 in fielding percentage and 4-11 with two prolonged losing streaks, a seven-gamer and a four-game skid that precipitated Wedge's first closed-door meeting of the year.
To be concise, there hasn't been much for Wedge, in his first year at the helm in Seattle, to be happy about. The Mariners lead the major leagues in men left on base, so at least there are opportunities to score.
But there is almost no scoring.
"It's the same thing, different day, and that's unacceptable," Wedge said after the clubhouse opened. "We're not going to keep watching this. We're going to get better and we're going to address it, obviously, as we've been doing as a team and individually, but we're going to get better. We're not going to keep doing what we've been doing here.''
Asked what he could do to get his players back in gear, Wedge said that doing work on the side isn't enough. The work has to be translated into performance on the field.
"You're doing the work, but ultimately you've got to take it into the game,'' the manager said. "I want them to have the mindset that's aggressive and such to where we're up there ready for anything - anything and everything. Whether it be at home plate or out in the field or wherever it may be.
"I don't want to be in-between. In-between doesn't win ballgames.''
The Mariners came back Sunday and struggled to score, but pulled off a 3-2 win over the Royals behind rookie starter Michael Pineda.
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