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.
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.