Seattle Mariners Friday: Top 5 at 5

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Apr 16, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Seattle Mariners manager

Lloyd McClendon

(23) pulls starting pitcher Felix Hernandez (34) during the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Rangers defeated the Mariners 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

5. A Series Victory

It’s hard to see a team start out so hot then fizzle so quickly in a matter of three and a half short weeks.

Sitting at 8-13 the season is not yet lost. With a series victory against the Rangers the M’s would be 10-14. A strong following week and the M’s could be back at .500.

All offseason experts and casual fans flirted with the idea of the Mariners making the playoffs. That is still a distinct possibility despite the abysmal 8-game losing streak.

This team needs to stay around .500 for as long as possible. Then, when the cavalry (starting pitching) has arrived, have a couple of solid weeks in August and be in position to fight for a wild-card birth.

That sort of season needs to start this weekend with at least two wins over the division leading Rangers. Losing this series would push the Mariners at least 6 games back of the division lead. And moreover, it would cripple the already bruised confidence of this young team.

Keep your eyes peeled for all the action this weekend! Check in with Sodo Mojo and all our social media outlets throughout the weekend. Don’t hesitate to share your thoughts too on what may be the most important things too look for this coming week.