Seattle's struggles frustrate Washburn
Starter speaks after Wednesday's disappointing defeat
SEATTLE -- Win or lose, Mariners left-hander Jarrod Washburn talks to the media after each game he pitches.But he took the silent road on Wednesday afternoon after the Mariners lost to the Twins at Safeco Field. "I don't do that very many times, and that's why I hope you guys don't mind it when I decide to do that," he said Thursday. "It's very unusual, but I would have been saying exactly the same things I have been saying to you guys for the past two months; 'I pitched well, but not well enough to win.' How many times can you write the same thing?" Washburn surrendered four runs in the second inning and Seattle never completely recovered, though it closed to within one run before the left-hander departed. The club eventually lost by four runs. Washburn is now 5-11 this season, and it's eating at him. "It's a combination of frustration and being downright mad," he said. He would not elaborate on why he's mad, but said it had nothing to do with the lack of run support he has received -- the lowest in the American League. "Not at all, but I'm going to keep my mouth shut. It doesn't show signs of solving itself; all I can do is my job every five days." Washburn said he's just tired of losing. "That goes for everybody in here," he said. "Losing regardless how you throw, or what part of the season it is, early, middle or late, a close loss or a blowout loss, they are the same." Washburn has one year remaining on his four-year, $37.5 million contract. He arrived in Seattle with a 75-57 career record. "I would like to get to 100 wins before I get to 100 losses," he said. "I know I'm getting closer to the wins being the same as losses, and when I got here, it wasn't anywhere close." He career record is now 98-97. The frustrating part is he has thrown extremely well the past two months, but has little to show for it, either from a personal or team standpoint. Over his past 11 starts, Washburn is 3-4 with a 3.24 ERA and has left six of those games leading or tied. He has left the game with a lead in 10 starts this season, and the Mariners are 6-4 in those games.
Jim Street is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.