I've been vocal against the acquisition of Erik Bedard since the offseason. I reason Seattle would mortgage too much of its long-term future in order to improve this year by a few wins. Even with the Angels losing their two best pitchers for an extended period I still gave an edge to LA. Joe Saunders and Jon Garland were amazing this week in their outings against Minnesota. While they aren't workhouses ala John Lackey and Kelvin Escobar they can pitch effectively deep into a ballgame. Furthermore the Halos have a better offense, defense and (much smarter) manager than the M's. And now that Seattle will lose All-Star closer J.J. Putz for at least a couple weeks the Angels possess the superior bullpen.
So this year will still be an uphill battle for Seattle. Yet one of the best assets the Mariners has is... Erik Bedard. I hated the trade because it gave away crucial components for the present (OF Adam Jones, LHP George Sherrill) as well as sent off three legitimate pitching prospects. But it wasn't like Seattle gave away gold for trash (aka the Woody Woodard special). In return for a king's ransom the Mariners received a legitimate ace -- the most precious commodity in all of baseball.
And Erik Bedard, pitching for a first time in front of the home crowd, demonstrated what he is capable of right away.
He dismantled Ian Kinsler in three pitches, the last of which was a Lord Charles curveball. So the M's may very well struggle this season as well as for years to come. But Erik Bedard is awesome and Seattle fans should sit back and enjoy witnessing his brilliance on the mound.