The Mariners refuse to let this thing slip and they are now just 0.5 back of the Royals and still a game behind the A’s. Having the Astros for this series is a huge boost; at least it needs to be. Now is a great opportunity to make their move while the Royals have a tough matchup against Detroit.
Even with the Angels resting their starters the Mariners were held off until the 9th until that clutch Logan Morrison homer gave them life. This isn’t to say the Mariners can’t handle the Angels. In the season series they are 9-7 against them giving them the edge.
I think we can all agree that we would rather see the Mariners take the lead on a wildcard spot now against the Astros rather than the last game of the season against the Angels.
Nearly everyone got in the on the action last night and that’s what this team needs in the last week for this playoff push. They aren’t going to score 10 runs in every game but just a balanced attack rather than depending on just Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager, or a long ball in the 9th with 2 outs (as much as I loved it, I was losing my mind before then).
With two teams within striking distance, one experiencing an epic collapse, the Mariners are in good standing. They need to take advantage of their opportunities, something they have been doing well all year.
I believe if they stay strong against Houston and pitch their way passed a good offense in Toronto, they will have a good chance at catching both teams by mid next week. As long as they get themselves into that position against Houston and Toronto, then they just need to hold off the Angels in their final series of the season.