Usually when you get bested by the opposing team, you tip your cap and plan for the next game. Well, Seattle Mariners‘ manager Lloyd McClendon had other ideas in mind when he took the microphone following a 4-1 loss to division rival Houston Astros. McClendon was asked about Astros’ starter Dallas Keuchel, who threw a complete game for the second time in his past three games.
“I saw average stuff,” he said. “We didn’t swing the bats very good. At some point, you’ve got to stop giving credit to average pitchers. That becomes a broken record. At some point, we’ve got to start swinging the bats.”
Apparently, to McClendon, a 4-0 record with a 1.05 ERA, 28 strikeouts and just one walk in four starts is just ‘average.’ Astros manager Bo Porter did not take kindly to the remarks, obviously, saying in response, “You look at the stretch at which he’s been on, he’s arguably one of the best pitchers in baseball right now. That’s not to take anything away from anybody else, but the way he’s been throwing the ball this last month or so, it’s been pretty impressive.”
Not only are the comments by McClendon along the lines of a small child who just lost a kickball game, but it downplays his own team as well, who were able to muster all of four hits against an ‘average’ pitcher.
No matter how you spin it, McClendon looks the fool in this case. Calling a guy like Keuchel, who has begun to make a name for himself, ‘average’ is a sign of immaturity. Keuchel is a young pitcher who’s got a lot of confidence brewing, and all McClendon can do is attempt to tear him down. Well, it won’t work. The Mariners organization should be ashamed of their manager’s mishaps.