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Seattle Mariners Need 5 Players to Step Up to Be Contenders

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Seattle Mariners Need 5 Players to Step Up to Be Contenders
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No matter what team or what year, every campaign begins with a certain amount of optimism in the unknown, and the belief that it just might be their year.

Things certainly felt that way for Mariners fans exchanging a bit of sleep for loyal fandom Wednesday morning. An offense that had 2011 hero Mike Carp hitting all the way in the six hole felt like it could be formidable, even if the middle of the lineup was rusty. Felix Hernandez looked like he could win another Cy Young Award.

The matter of the fact was that it was just another M's type of win, a 3-1, extra-frames affair. But still, the Mariners sit atop major league baseball with a 1-0 record, and for a couple days, anything is possible.

I think it's too early to dismiss the M's as 'still rebuilding' right now. Granted, it's a long shot, but when you've got upside in the lineup and solid pitching all-around—well, crazier things have happened.

If the M's want to win, they'll need to count on some key performances from these players.

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