Wedge gives Ackley a breather

Wedge gives Ackley a breather

ARLINGTON -- Mariners second baseman Dustin Ackley got his second day off in the past four games on Monday, with manager Eric Wedge saying he didn't like the matchup against Texas left-hander Matt Harrison.

Ackley is 0-for-15 in his career against Harrison and has been fighting through a slump, his average sitting at .242 as the season nears the one-third mark.

"It's just a matchup situation," Wedge said. "And he's still trying to find it. We're trying to put the best lineup out there to win. When this kid throwing against us is on, he's pretty good. So we want to give ourselves the best chance to win today. That's that fine line that you're walking."

Ackley, the team's No. 2 overall Draft pick in 2009, said he understood the situation, though he wasn't pleased to be sitting again so soon after getting a day off Friday when Wedge said he was just rotating rest days for his starters through this 20-game stretch with no days off.

"I'm just playing it day by day," Ackley said. "I know Harrison is throwing today and I haven't had much success against him. I'm sure that's a lot of the reason. I know [Wedge] likes the matchups a lot and what you've done off guys in the past."

Ackley has gone 2-for-19 over his past five starts. He was 0-for-3 with a walk in Sunday's loss to the Angels, but said he swung the bat well.

"Yesterday I felt the best I've felt in a long time," he said. "I didn't get any hits, but I felt I had some good at-bats. The ball I hit late in the game to left-center was almost as good as I can hit a ball that way. It was caught, but especially against C.J. Wilson it's tough and I felt I had good at-bats against him. Overall I feel really good right now."

As for his struggles against Harrison?

"He's just one of those guys that has great stuff," Ackley said. "I think he's one of the most underrated pitchers I've ever faced. He sits mid-90s, he's got good sink on the ball. The ball he throws away cuts a little bit, he's got good offspeed. He's just a guy that is tough on anybody, but against me he's pitched me really well and made it really tough on me. I've maybe had some hard-hit balls that I haven't had any luck out of, but that's the way it goes sometimes."

Ackley said the only time in his career he's not started nearly every game was his first season in 2010 in Double-A when he was coming off a long offseason. But while he understands the situation, he's not thrilled with it.

"Absolutely not," he said. "I don't think anybody here would say they like it, unless you maybe need a day or are tired or it's September or something like that. But I don't want to sit at all. You can't help the team on the bench.

"It's just kind of a helpless feeling, like I could be out there doing this. But that's for the manager to decide and if he feels the matchups are better or I don't do well off this guy, then you've got to stand by that."