SEATTLE -- Eric Wedge has spent more than half a season watching his Mariners struggle. The team ranks last in the American League in virtually every offensive category, and the first-year manager said Friday it's up to his players to make changes to solve the problems. "There are a lot of positive things going on here," Wedge said in a strong pregame talk with reporters in the dugout. "Hitting isn't one of them." But Wedge isn't ready to write this off simply as a club without enough offensive firepower.
"We're going to figure it out," he said. "We're going to find out who is going to sink or swim. If you're up here, if you're not hitting pitches and squaring up pitches that you should, then it's just not going to happen. It's been that way for 100 years. "It's not just a little bit this way or that way. As bad as we've been offensively, that's not where we are. Where we are is we've got to make some changes. A little bit of adjustment here or there isn't going to get it done." Wedge sounded as if he's done making excuses. He said the problem is not effort or work ethic or attitude. "It's not the umpire," he said. "It's not always the opposing pitcher. It's ultimately them. They've got the bat in the hand, they're in the box. They're in control of their own destiny." What bothers Wedge most is seeing players take the same approach, day after day, if they aren't getting results. He said he still believes in his squad, but he wants to see improvement. "All I want to see is a little progress each day with each individual, which collectively will add up," he said. "Each individual has to look in the mirror and be honest with themselves. ... You can't mask it. Either that or you're just not good enough. It's one or the other."