Other than Alex Liddi's first major league home run and Mike Carp's late-season power burst, there's not much left to get excited about for 2011. It's been nice to see the cycle of young players through the starting lineup, but since there's so much shifting, the team hasn't really come together.
However, after a potentially busy offseason and a hopefully efficient spring training, we will see a solid, powerful unit emerge to lead the Mariners through the 2012 campaign. What will it take next year for a winning record? Whether it's a 20-win season from Michael Pineda or a 30-home run season from Mike Carp, the Mariners have the stuff to do it.