Wedge discouraging doubt during skid

Wedge discouraging doubt during skid

SEATTLE -- Fresh off being swept in Seattle for the first time by the Padres, the Mariners rode a five-game losing streak into their series opener against the Giants on Friday.

The current skid has made for plenty of frustration for the Mariners, as offensive struggles continue at Safeco Field, where they are hitting just .198 as a team.

"You can't let it get inside you," said manager Eric Wedge. "Doubt should never come our way. Frustration's going to be here; I'm sure it's here for a few of us now. But for me, it's just knowing that these guys are going to eventually be as good a team here and as good an offensive club here as they are on the road."

The frustration was evident against the Padres, when first baseman Justin Smoak hit three balls in the span of two games that he thought would clear the fences. All three settled harmlessly into fielders' gloves just shy of the wall in the outfield gaps. Smoak and other players have discussed the fact that the ball doesn't carry well at Safeco Field, but also refuse to place blame on the conditions.

"The belief never wavers," Wedge said. "Not from me and from our coaching staff, and hopefully not from them. Like I've told them before, you've just got to remember how good you are and ultimately how good you're going to be. Once you get to the point to where you're going to be the big league player that you're going to be, I think everybody's going to be pleased with that in the end."