After they filled fans with so much hope and optimism from late March to the end of June, the Mariners will be doing the thing they have the most consistent history of doing: watching October baseball from home.
So, yes the Mariners are going to miss the playoffs for their 17th consecutive season. This perhaps the most devastating near miss yet, as the team has crashed in the second half, after having a commanding lead for a playoff spot in early July.
The lead slowly evaporated, thanks in large part to the red-hot Oakland A’s, but also due to poor play and decisions from the Mariners organization. So today, we countdown 5 reasons we will not be enjoying playoff baseball in 2018.
Before we begin, let’s lay down a disclaimer or two. First, these are just my opinion. That’s what editorial means. Second, these are not the only 5. Certainly, there is plenty of blame to go around, and concentrating all your anger on these 5 things is misguided. But with all that in mind, let’s begin our countdown with number 5.
5. The Oakland A’s are Better than the Mariners
Fanbases of any team are often narcissistic, and the Mariners aren’t any exception. So many of us are focused on how the Mariners screwed up and blew the lead. Of course, this is only partially true. Yes, the Mariners have played some terrible baseball. But if the Oakland A’s played as they had in the first 80 games, this wouldn’t even be an issue.
Any discussion of why the Mariners aren’t going to be in the playoffs in 2018 that doesn’t include giving copious amounts of credit to the A’s isn’t worth your time. Since June 1st, the Athletics are 58 and 29, a .667 winning percentage. Over the course of a 162 game season, that’s a 108 win pace.