Wedge expects club to improve
Wedge said his players have to be able to relax and play. There is a sense of urgency, but he doesn't want them to feel it in their play.
Seattle Times staff reporter
The All-Star break gave the Mariners and manager Eric Wedge a chance to reflect upon the first half. Despite the worst record in the American League, 36-51, the club chose not to make any roster moves.
Wedge strongly feels the second half will not be an encore.
"I really feel strongly that we're going to be a more consistent ballclub here in the second half," Wedge said. "I don't know how fast it's going to come, but I know it's going to come. "
He has an idea when he expects to see this happen, but Wedge said it depends on individuals. He wants to see the players start to trust themselves, especially on the offensive end. The Mariners have a .230 batting average and a .358 slugging percentage.
"I feel like they're putting a lot of pressure on themselves both individually and collectively, which comes with the territory, but it's something that I'd like to see them do a better job with," Wedge said.
Wedge said they've got to be able to relax and play. There is a sense of urgency, but he doesn't want them to feel it in their play.
"We've seen a little bit here, a little bit there with certain individuals that we felt like it was more important for them to have their break, take that break, learn from everything they've gone through in the first half and let's see how we respond here early on the second half," Wedge said.
• Seattle CF Franklin Gutierrez was cleared to start physical activity Friday. Wedge said he felt good after a workout and hopes Gutierrez can increase his workload Saturday.
• Mike Carp could possibly get a start at first base this weekend in Class AAA Tacoma. Wedge said he wants Carp to be an option for the club as a designated hitter and at first base before he returns to the team.