It's been quite an adventure for the M's so far, and one that will probably take some time to recover from.
To fly to Tokyo from the U.S. and back is brutal, no matter where you're taking off from. It's a journey that I've completed more times than I care to admit and can assure you that having to do anything more than the simplest of tasks can prove challenging for at least a few days.
Imagine trying to hit a fastball, if you could barely even brush your teeth?
At the same time, no one wants to hear excuses following a jet-setting overseas boondoggle, especially when the competition, the Oakland A's, faced the same exact issues/challenges and somehow managed to look a little more...up to speed, coherent, lively...feel free to choose or pencil in your own answer.
In short, the trip to Japan for the Mariners, at least on the field, proved to be a disappointment.
While the team did manage to split the two-game series with Oakland, it was more that the team seemed to pick up where it left off last season, as the team's anemic hitting failed to support solid outings from its starting pitchers.
Still, let's keep in mind that two games does not make a season and that passing judgement at this juncture could be a bit premature.
So rather than make light of the situation, I figured it might be of greater value to take a few minutes to examine the performance of a few players who may have struggled thus far, but could ultimately help contribute before all is said and done.