If someone would have told me that nearly 2 months into the season that we would be in first place in the west, someone other then Ackley hit for the cycle, and Felix didn't have the best winning percentage, I would have thought you were crazy. But here we are .5 a game in front of the Angles for the West title, Brenden Ryan hit for the cycle, and Blake Beavan is 7-1, yes 7-1 that isn't a typo. This hot start for the M's is hard to pin down but good pitching, contact hitting, and aggressive base running appears to be the key. *Pitching - If you can have your starters constantly working deep into a game, it doesn't matter how bat the back end of your bullpen is because they don't get many chances to work. Combined Seattle's starters have a 3.57 ERA and 27 quality starts, which works out to about 63% of the games that Seattle has played. Felix leads the team in this category throwing a QS in 8 out of 9 games this season and is unlucky to find himself with only 3 wins. *Hitting - This one is a little confusing to say the least. The M's are 5th in Average yet lead the league in hits. They also lead the league in runs scored and have one of the worst strike out rates in the AL. They manage to have at least 60 more PA then any other team, having only played 1 or 2 more games. In the West they have over a 100 more PA then the Angles and nearly 100 more AB in one more game. *Baserunning - Is there anything better then a team who knows how to steal a base? I think not and the M's are proving this theory. They have 15 more stolen bases then the next closest team in the AL and have only been caught 9 times. With runners constantly putting them selves in scoring position it's no wonder why the M's lead the league in runs scored and RBI's.