Strong pitching and defense can't cover for a lineup that features four easy outs per cycle. The Angels' regret about missing out on Carl Crawford and Adrian Beltre grows ever deeper.
Erik Bedard finally recaptures his 2007 health, and breakout years from Justin Smoak and Michael Saunders, both 24, lead to a season very much like '09: 85--77, with reason for optimism.
Seattle sets a new standard for offensive futility. Worse, Ichiro, at 37, starts to decline, and the club has little choice but to deal Felix Hernandez to a salivating contender.