The last two games told me a lot about the Mariners. These were two different wins and both were equally impressive.
Today they just blasted the A's in every sense. They had the 3-run home run early coupled with a dominant performance from Felix. The M's got the three runs early and the A's knew their day was done. That is really very impressive. Their is a level of intimidation to this team.
Friday night was more telling to me. Really good teams know that if the game is played the full nine innings their superiority will eventually prevail. The M's were locked in a 1-1 tie and blew a few chances on the base paths. Watching their was a feeling they would put it together at some point.
McLaren pulled Weaver after 5 almost saying my pen is better than yours and we will outlast you. Sure enough the A's crumbled. Complete teams can outlast people and the Mariners have shown that ability a ton.
Let me voice on concern. McLaren seems obsessed with getting the game in motion and forcing the action. I like aggressiveness, but this team may not need that. They are pretty solid top to bottom and with the proliferation of offense the running game doesn't always ad up.