Mariners Preview: Wedge, Willis On Their Way Out?
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(1090 The Fan) – There are still 12 games left in the Mariners’ 2013 season — however, winning the remaining games likely won’t secure the jobs of manager Eric Wedge and pitching coach Carl Willis for the 2014 season.
Monday night’s 4-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers wasn’t as ugly as some of the other September losses have been; Joe Saunders was doing fine through five and two-thirds against an offensively-potent division leader. But when strung together with the rest of the games this month, Monday’s loss showed the pitching staff cannot survive after getting hit with a few punches and the bats aren’t strong enough to fight back after such an attack. Thus, it’s hard to imagine Wedge will be the captain of the ship in 2014.
Seattle has now lost seven of its last eight and will give Brandon Maurer the start Tuesday. This will be Maurer’s first career start against the Tigers.
The rookie right-hander is 4-8 with a 7.18 ERA in 19 games — 11 of which were starts.
Anibal Sanchez will go up against the Mariners — he won his third straight start last Wednesday against the White Sox after throwing seven and a third scoreless innings and striking out ten. The 29-year-old is riding a seven-decision win streak that has spanned ten outings.
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