When the Seattle Mariners dreamed about the best 1-2 top of the rotation in the American Leagaue West, it wasn't Felix Hernandez and Ian Snell they were fantasizing about.
Coming out of Oakland 1-3 has caused more than a few Mariners fans to hyper-drive themselves into full panic mode, and having seen the past three games, perhaps that's understandable.
The list of players not hitting heavily outweighs those who are. And the thought of Ryan Rowland-Smith, Doug Fister and Jason Vargas pitching against the Athletics again when the two teams meet in Seattle?
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Then, there's this little series in Texas, where poor offenses come to be buried.
Patience, good people. Perspective is everything. Consider the years Mariners fans have survived all the way to the trading deadline, begged for a reloading at the juncture and been given nothing.
Now, back to the present. The Mariners are going to take their lumps in April, do their best to win 10-12 games and then ....
Then they figure to add, in the span of a few weeks in May, left-handed starting pitchers Cliff Lee and Erik Bedard. Let anyone in baseball add more in May.
That doesn't mean Seattle will win 20 games in May, but it does put them in position to begin gaining back ground lost this month. And it will give them the opportunity to begin winning series, not games.
Until then, assume that Milton Bradley (.077), Chone Figgins (.200), Ken Griffey Jr. (.143), Casey Kotchman (.167), Jack Wilson (.143) and Ichiro (.200) will hit a bit better.
In fact, go wild. Assume everything will improve, in time. That doesn't mean this weekend, the first homestand or in April.
Patience and perspective. Keep them close this month.