Jesse Winker Gets Brutally Honest About Season Struggles

Seattle Mariners outfielder Jesse Winker was brutally honest about his 2022 struggles amidst the team's push to the postseason.
Seattle Mariners outfielder Jesse Winker was brutally honest about his 2022 struggles amidst the team's push to the postseason. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

On the heels of his first-ever All-Star appearance, Jesse Winker signed as a free agent with the Seattle Mariners this past offseason. Seattle valued his bat to the terms of a two-year, $14.5 million deal, and an opportunity to help end their 20-year playoff drought.

Seattle is in great position to finally end this playoff drought, but unfortunately, it hasn't been much of Winker's doing.

In the midst of the worst season of his six-year career, Winker opened up with a brutally honest answer about these struggles.

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It's quite clear the offensive struggles have been difficult on Winker, who described the fun that's taken out of the game "when you're not helping the team win."

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The struggles are clearly evident with a quick look at his batting lines. The former Cincinnati Red is on pace to set career low marks across his slash line (.218/.340/.342). He's also set a new career-high in strike outs (97). This all cumulates in a dreadful -0.3 WAR (wins above replacement).

Winker's issues came to a head on Wednesday night when the Mariners dropped a brutal 2-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics. It was a costly error that led to Oakland's first run in the ball game, and the last lead they needed before the victory.

Holding onto the final AL Wild Card spot, the Mariners saw their lead over the Baltimore Orioles fall to just 4.0 games after this loss. Fortunately, the betting markets still like what they've seen from Seattle this year. Despite a firm chance at locking up the 6-seed in the American League, FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB odds show the Mariners with the fourth-best odds (+1000) to represent the AL in the World Series.

If Winker can put together an impressive postseason appearance, his 2022 regular season struggles will be long forgotten.

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