Seattle was second in the Majors with a .988 fielding percentage heading into Saturday, so this streak was definitely uncharacteristic. Manager Eric Wedge wants to see it turn back around in the closing days of the season.
"The last couple weeks, I haven't been pleased with it," Wedge said prior to Saturday's game with the A's. "It's something that's been a cornerstone for us all year, pitching and defense. We all know we need to get better offensively, but you need to come to the ballpark and make sure you can count on what you need to count on."
Wedge noted that some of his young players are in uncharted territory when it comes to playing their first 162-game Major League seasons. He thinks the problem might be more mental than physical.
"You go through phases," Wedge said. "I don't think they're tired. They've done a good job staying on top of things, physically. But you have to make sure you don't let your guard down mentally, either. Some of the mistakes we've made have been somewhat routine plays that haven't been made. So I'm hoping we tighten things up here the last five games."