Mariners vs Guardians: Stars showed up in the opening series
While the offense sputtered through large chunks of the series, there were still some really good signs from the 2022 offensive core.
Julio: The face of the franchise has had a much better start to the season than last year's nightmare. Julio is 6 for 18 with 2 doubles, a home run, and an SB.
Cal: Arguably the second most important player to Seattle's success in 2023, Big Dumper went 4 for 14, driving in 4 RBIs with 2 doubles. 10th inning error aside, it was a fantastic start for Cal.
Ty: I firmly believe the Mariners would have pushed the Astros to the brink in 2022 if they had a pre all-star break Ty France in the lineup. Injuries drained his ability to be great in the second half last year, but Ty looks primed and ready to build off his all-star caliber first half. France went 6 for 16 with the game winning home run in the opener. He can hit .375 all season and I'd be perfectly fine with that!
Geno: Another guy that battled through injuries at the end of the 2022 season, Suarez has 4 hits in 16 ABs, but they were all smoked, two were doubles that are probably gone in two months, and he missed a game-winning home run in the finale, just pulling one foul in the 10th.
These four men are the reason why Seattle broke the playoff drought offensively, and to see them all looking strong at the start, makes me feel comfortable and confident even after losing the series to Cleveland.