Seattle is not happy about dropping a series to the Astros for the second time in this young season. Regard:
Manager Eric Wedge:
"I still feel good about a couple of these guys. I think they're headed
in the right direction. That's the positives. ... There are some good
things to pull from this, but overall when you get beat like that, when
you've got a chance to win a series, it's just something we've got to do
a lot better with."
After the game, the Mariners had a closed-door meeting. USS Mariner:
And ultimately you just can’t talk players into being better at
baseball. That’s the real problem — the Mariners aren’t good. It doesn’t
help that Michael Saunders has been hurt and that Michael Morse might
have been playing hurt, but getting yelled at isn’t going to lead to
better defense. Getting yelled at isn’t going to have Joe Saunders stop
missing his locations. Getting yelled at isn’t going to cause Montero to
start recognizing different pitches and their corresponding locations.
It’s not a matter of focus or drive. The Mariners, presumably, are
always trying to win. But they don’t win enough, because they aren’t
good enough, and that’s the principal issue.
The Seattle Times' Larry Stone is concerned enough that he looked at the historical implications of an 8-15 start.
I realize that 23 games is an arbitrary measuring point. But that’s how
many games they’ve played right here and now, when the reality of a
season in crisis has hit the hardest by virtue of a terrible road trip
capped by losing another series to what was supposed to be the worst
team in baseball.
Our old pal Geoff Baker (who got FJM'ed by Trostel a couple of days ago) said:
And even though the team does miss Gutierrez and the injured Michael
Saunders, that’s no excuse to have the Houston Astros mop the floor with
Seattle the way they did today.
Lookout Landing is so pissed they're taking shots at Minute Maid Park:
What a dumb stadium. You can have a flagpole in the outfield, or you can
have a hill in center, or you can construct an artificial home run
porch in left, and call any one of them a colorful feature to
distinguish your ballpark from everyone else's. Do all three, and you
look like the minor league team your roster suggests you are.