Well, I officially buried the Mariners season after a Sunday loss to the White Sox. For me, it was the final straw in a season full of heartbreaking losses. The final nail in the coffin.
It didn’t mean that I wouldn’t watch. Or that I wouldn’t care. I just wasn’t as preoccupied with the result as I was the process. I wanted to see little things. I wanted to see Ketel Marte. I wanted to see Jesus Montero when he was up. I wanted Mike Montgomery to improve.
I haven’t cared about the Mariners overall record in about two weeks. But the M’s played well enough in Houston to take a series. They just swept the A’s. They aren’t near the cellar of the American League anymore. They are six out of a playoff spot and have a golden opportunity to put a dent in that by playing the Rangers. They’ll also see the Angels again.
Do I think the M’s will make the playoffs? No. But it’s nice to see the M’s playing better and creeping toward .500. At the end of the day, I just want to see the Mariners continue to play well.
The M’s have a chance to shrink the playoff gap again tonight. They’ve won five straight. Could they continue the run and make a magical playoff push over this last month?
I’m not sure. But it’s nice to dream.
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