Mariners win again, sit alone in the second wild card spot

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 08: Kyle Seager
OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 08: Kyle Seager /

In a solid day all around, the Mariners won their second in a row, and their seventh of ten, and thanks to losses from Tampa Bay and Kansas City, now control their own destiny. It took a while, but finally they made it, and honestly, it’s super awesome.

After nights of losing games when everyone else had lost and opened the door for the Mariners to make up ground. After starting the season 2-8, and going 57-48 since then. Even with all the injuries that tried their best to waylay everything Seattle wanted to accomplish, they still find theirselves in August playing meaningful baseball.

And sitting in a playoff spot.

If the season ended today, Seattle would be playing more than 162 games in a season for the first time since I was two years old. Now sure, it would just be a one-game playoff against the New York Yankees, but who knows what Big Maple could do if that’s how everything shook out, and they have been a lot more tame since Aaron Judge has disappeared in the second half.

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The only problem is, the season doesn’t end today. Now I’m not trying to end the celebration of this achievement, the Seattle Mariners are in a playoff spot and nothing can change that at the moment. That said, there’s still almost two months of baseball left to be played. The M’s have a big hole in their rotation spots 2-5, and they will need to address that if they want to stay in contention.

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For now though, this team is playing some very good baseball, and that is something they’ll need to keep up in the next week against the heating up Angels and Orioles. August is packed with games that could make or break the Mariners season. A solid run this month would anchor the home stretch where they get all but one series against members of the AL West.