Stop Questioning Wedge

Everyday manager Eric Wedge creates a lineup, that lineup then gets posted on twitter for thousands of people to see and analyze. This is the time when so many of us put on our managers hat and criticize every little move that Wedge is making. We need to stop this everyday questioning of Wedge and let him do what he was hired to do.

Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge (22)

First off, none of us know anywhere near as much information as Wedge does about the upcoming game. He has access to more statistics and match up information than we could ever imagine. He also knows the players on a personal level and what each player can handle and cannot handle. This is something that none of us have any clue about. Put your faith in him and let him do his job.

Secondly, Wedge is handicapped with what he can do with the lineup. There is not one player on our roster that has earned the right to play everyday while hitting in the same spot. Right now, our guys are too inconsistent to expect a regular lineup to be put out there day in and day out. Because of this Wedge has to play the match up game and try to put people in positions where they can be successful for that day. Wedge has one of the toughest jobs in the majors and we need to cut him some slack and trust he will make the right decisions.

One of the biggest complaints people have is the Jaso over Olivo argument. I do not know any Mariner fan who likes seeing Olivo in the lineup over Jaso. With that being said, Jaso cannot and never has been able to hit lefties. Jaso has faced a LHP  21 times this year and has managed only 1 hit. In Jaso’s career against lefties he has hit .158 with 1 home run in 101 at bats. Olivo on the other hand is a good hitter against lefties. In his career Olivo is hitting .274 in 1029 total at bats while facing a lefty. This is the reason Olivo plays over Jaso every single time a lefty is on the mound. I am tired of reading the #freejaso hash-tags everyday that Jaso does not play. He is not a good option against a LHP and that is not going to change anytime soon.

Manager Eric Wedge knows what he is doing. We as fans have a responsibility to have faith in what Wedge does until the day comes where Jack Z no longer believes he is the right man for the job. Have faith fans, it is all going to come together in the next couple of years.

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  • Matthias_Kullowatz

    While Wedge may have more access to statistics and matchups, things he has said and lineups he has made make it very clear he has little idea how to use that information.

    As for freeing Jaso, I agree. Our catching situation is optimal when they are platooned.

    But telling me that I shouldn’t criticize Wedge’s actions, and that I have a responsibility to put my faith in him when I didn’t hire him, is like telling Russians of the 1930s, “put your faith in Stalin and don’t criticize his actions. He knows what’s best.”

    Ok, so no one’s dying here, but it’s foolish to believe that managers ascend to Managerdom necessarily because they are the best for that job. Wedge was hired because he has a baseball name and a baseball face that the Mariners organization can explain to the majority of the fan base through losing seasons.

  • maqman

    I’m okay with the job Wedgie is doing, as noted he knows a hell of a lot more about the game and the team than I do. Evidently you’ve convinced him and he’s going to start Jaso against a lefty. The value of the remaining games is pretty much about finding out who can produce and what holes have to be filled. As the saying goes, you have to know when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em. They are finding out what’s what and who’s not.

  • Jesse

    While I respect the point you’re trying to make, I notice that you’re comparing Olivo’s entire career with John Jaso this season (an incredibly small 21 at-bat sample size). Using such disparate sample sizes to prove a point can be misleading – I would be curious to know what Olivo and Jaso look like over the last two years (when Olivo has been worse than his overall career) against LHP. Alternately, what Olivo looks like against LHP this year. I’d also be curious to know what Montero’s numbers look like in the same position, since he is a third catching option in the mix.

    • Matthias_Kullowatz

      Including the 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons, Olivo’s wOBA splits are .300/.284 and wRC+ splits are 83/72. With 100 being average neither of those are good figures, but 83 is serviceable as a catcher.

      Jaso’s splits are .245/.343 and 51/118. So his splits are even more stark, but his best (against righties, obviously) is good for just about any position, especially catcher.