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Over the course of the offseason, many of the moves that general manager Jack Zduriencik made left me skeptical.
When the Mariners traded for the likes of Kendrys Morales and Michael Morse, I felt these moves were well intended given the circumstances, yet a bit short-sighted.
Both moves stressed the M's desperate need for power, but would both Morales and Morse help provide the much-needed pop in the middle of the order the team had been missing for ages?
Feel free to attribute what we've seen on the Arizona heat, but so far it looks like Morales and Morse are more than capable of doing the job as the duo have helped pace the team in homers.
What's encouraging is that the entire lineup joined in the fray early on, to the point it almost became laughable as the team streaked out of the gate.
Will this power surge translate to the regular season, especially at Safeco Field?
Provided Morales, Morse and other veterans like Franklin Gutierrez, Raul Ibanez and Jason Bay stay healthy, I think the power will stay on for the most part.
Understand that no one will be hitting 30 to 40 home runs this year, yet by season's end we could have a handful of hitters with 20 or more to their credit.
Honestly, the bigger concern is whether the core nucleus of youngsters will come into the fold. So far beyond Justin Smoak, none of the other names you would hope to see have hit for much power.
While I wouldn't lose too much sleep on this observation given the decent batting numbers otherwise, it is something to keep an eye on once the regular season begins.
The key takeaway here is that the team should be far more entertaining to watch offensively than what we've seen in a very long time.