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A day after watching Felix Hernandez and his teammates win their opener here in Oakland, the impression was that their 5-3 victory represented the kind of game they're going to have to win.
They didn't hit particularly well, but they ran the bases with abandon and had one middle-of-the-line hitter - this time, Casey Kotchman - deliver. The bullpen was dominant, the defense about as good as a pitching staff could ask for with four double plays.
The concern, of course, is that if the Mariners have to do that many things well to win a Felix start, what can they expect on nights when four other starters are working?
Just play baseball. The Mariners will hit more than they did Monday night at times, and spread their production around. The top three men in the lineup - Ichiro, Chone Figgins and Kotchman - had marvelous games. Tonight, it might be Jose Lopez or Franklin Gutierrez
If you're looking for positives, consider this: Ken Griffey Jr. doubled against a left-handed pitcher, Rob Johnson homered in his first at-bat - against Ben Sheets! - and Lopez at third base and Figgins at second was all the Mariners could have hoped.
Concerns? Milton Bradley was so frustrated with a ninth-inning strike out he shattered his bat pounding it on home plate. Felix allowed only three hits in 6 2/3 innings but walked six.
All in all, opening night was about winning through aggression on the bases, pitching and defense - precisely the formula Seattle talked about all spring.
With Cliff Lee and Erik Bedard hovering about a month out, the Mariners are going to have to steal wins like that one throughout April. Scouts are going to suggest pitch outs with Ichiro and Figgins aboard, more slide-stepping on the mound to slow them down.
It's a tough way to win games, but the Mariners have little choice. Their offense is what it is and they have to maximize it to win. Their bullpen remains their strengh, their defense looks solid.
The issue remains that rotation. Can Ian Snell, Ryan Rowland-Smith, Doug Fister and Jason Vargas hold teams like Texas, Detroit, Baltimore and Chicago in check this month?
That's the test that begins tonight, with Snell vs. Oakland.