Winning when you are supposed to win
The Mariners’ schedule for the final month and a half of the season is very interesting. Here’s the total layout:
6 games vs. Texas (39-73)
3 games vs. Toronto (60-50, 2.5 games ahead of Seattle)
9 games vs. Houston (66-46)
9 games vs. Oakland (64-48, 5.5 games ahead of Seattle)
7 games vs. Kansas City (48-62)
6 games vs. Arizona (35-78)
3 games vs. Boston (65-49, 5.5 games ahead of Seattle)
6 games vs. Los Angeles Angels (56-56)
At first glance, this schedule has a major theme: on a nightly basis, the Mariners will either be faced with teams they can directly overcome in the playoff race or teams they should be able to beat handily. The one anomaly is the LA Angels, a team Seattle tends to be very evenly matched with.
If you are a team sitting 5.5 games back in the Wild Card race, and 7.5 games back in the division, this is an exciting schedule. I believe that if you can’t beat the teams you’re competing with for a playoff spot, and if you can’t beat the teams that you are far better than on paper, then you shouldn’t be in the playoffs. This is a chance for the Mariners to prove themselves.