Macha responds to Fielder's frustration

Macha responds to Fielder's frustration

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers manager Ken Macha does not mind that first baseman Prince Fielder vented some frustration about the team's struggling pitching staff after another blowout loss Friday night. Among other thinly-veiled comments, Fielder said the hitters are, "doing the best we can."

But Macha would prefer that his players focus on their own job and let him worry about the big picture.

"My thought about baseball is that everybody has got a job to do," Macha said. "So you have to pay attention to your job and do that well, and when the day is done you have eight position players and the number of pitchers you used, and you add up what they did in their boxes and you either win or lose the game.

"One thing that's great about Prince is he takes it to heart when we lose. He really wants to be on a winning team, a winning organization. He strives to win. So as long as guys are paying attention to their little boxes and doing them properly, I think the wins and losses are going to be my responsibility in the end. He needs to continue to work to get to the numbers that he wants to, and if he does that, that's taking care of his box, and he's going to help us win games. I think our pitching will get better.

"That's my responsibility, and I will be held accountable for us winning or losing games," Macha said. "I'm glad that I have a player on the field who's my cleanup hitter and has a tremendous amount of concern about is winning or losing games.

"I don't want hitters looking at the pitchers or pitchers looking at the hitters. I said last night about the finger-pointing, there should be none of it going on. Everybody take care of what they can take care of. Let me worry about the other stuff."

The Brewers were 15-20 entering Saturday's game against the Phillies, including 4-12 at Miller Park.