Well that didn't take long.
A promising 2-0 for Seattle has been overshadowed by a sobering 3-11 record since. Felix Hernandez has looked mortal in three consecutive starts, the bullpen has made a habit of imploding and Chone Figgins continues to struggle. In fact, the M's bats are swinging even worse than last year's historically awful offense. But at least they're getting on base at a decent clip (2nd in baseball in walks) and being aggressive (top ten in stolen bases).
Michael Saunders' refined swing shows glimpses of potential while Justin Smoak continues to lash doubles and demonstrate good patience. The M's won't be a slugging team but will likely improve upon its dismal BABIP and become a slightly below-average unit. Doesn't sound like much but it would be a huge improvement over what the Seattle offense has been outputting for the past two years.
The biggest development of the past week has been the emergence of RHP Michael Pineda. He's still raw against lefties but his fastball can dominate by itself. Every start from him is now must watch. It's safe to say the M's now have another solid starter behind the King.
It's been a bad start and the playoffs are basically a pipe dream but the Seattle Mariners have a lot of season left to improve. It can't get much worse.