They're at least one bat short heading into the buzz saw of Los Angeles, New York and Boston, but they were a bat short in spring training - and the Seattle Mariners are a .500 team now.
Yes, it's pitching. But it's more than that.
Don Wakamatsu and his staff haven't complained about what they don't have, they've tried to improve what is here.
If you can't manufacture home runs, work on the skill of bunting, the kind of thing overlooked here for years.
Today, for instance, Ichiro was out early with a few pitchers, with Ronny Cedeno and Franklin Gutierrez, working on different kinds of bunts. About 10 minutes into the drill, Yuniesky Betrancourt raced out from th dugout - late, yes, but there.
It's a reminder that beyond what they can do this season, the Mariners are not just looking ahead, they're teaching skills that may one day help a better Mariners team win big games in small ways.
It's also helped them stay within sight of the American League West leaders.