For Wedge, consistency proves most elusive

For Wedge, consistency proves most elusive

For Wedge, consistency proves most elusive
SEATTLE -- Mariners manager Eric Wedge has made it no secret there have been times of immense frustration this season. At the forefront of it all, the young ballclub's trouble with consistency has reigned supreme.

The offensive approach has perplexed Wedge lately, and also left the Mariners reeling on a three-game losing streak as they head into Sunday's contest with the Angels. That comes after the team won five of six and seemed to be headed in the right direction. But Wedge said it won't be one obvious moment when the Mariners turn the corner.

"It's not one specific moment, that's what I think everyone looks for," he said. "It's just not black and white. That's why baseball is a much more difficult game to dissect than other sports. Baseball usually lives in the gray, whereas a lot of these other sports, more black and white.

"You've got so many moving parts in such a multi-skilled sport. Like I said, everybody's their own story, so I break it down to three parts -- you got your collectible, you got your different areas of your ballclub and you got the individuals within those areas."

Despite the frustrations, Wedge said it isn't the toughest spot he's been in with a ballclub. That would fall to the early days of his time as the manager of the Indians, a young team he eventually took to the playoffs.

To turn that corner, Wedge said it is imperative to have a game plan and stick to it, which is something the Mariners are in the process of doing. Individually, he is seeing some players making the progression, but there are times when he sees regression, as well.

"What I don't like -- and this bothers me more than anything -- is when I see guys moving in the right direction, and sometimes they'll back it up to the point where they started at," Wedge said. "Then you re-tread over the same real estate. ... I don't like that.

"That's a discipline, that's more concentration, that's a focus -- that's the one thing that bothers me and that's what we're not going to accept. So when I get upset, it's because of that."