Aug 19, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Fernando Rodney (56) strikes a pose after a strike out in the ninth to end a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Mariners won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Great starters are certainly helpful, but you need a good bullpen so that the lead can be protected. This season, the Mariners have that bullpen.
If the offense can score a few runs early, the Mariners know that they are in good shape. There is no need to trade for a Healthcliff Slocumb this season. The bullpen is loaded.