The Mariners' 5-1 trip through Detroit and Boston brought one factor to the foreground.
The bullpen, although off to a very slow start to the 2011 season, is quite capable of giving the club good innings.
Seattle relievers allowed only one run in the six games, and while that ninth-inning run Sunday cost the Mariners a victory, it should be pointed out that the crucial triple by Boston shortstop Jed Lowrie was an otherwise routine out that was lost in the sun by right fielder Ichiro Suzuki against reliever Jamey Wright.
Before that, the Mariner bullpen had reeled off 15 consecutive scoreless innings and from the start of the trip to the end the bullpen's ERA has gone from a rather bloated 5.25 to a more respectable 4.37
Backup closer Brandon League has gone a perfect 7-for-7 in save situations. His overall ERA is 2.45, but it drops to 1.35 when only save situations are involved.
David Aardsma, the closer the last two years, is close to being ready to come off the disabled list, but he'll probably get another couple of injury rehabilitation assignments at Triple-A Tacoma before he's activated.
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