Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been pulling you in all sorts of directions, trying to direct your loyal Mariners Mojo in the direction of other American League teams whose end-of-season success could help push the Mariners into the playoffs. Two weeks ago, we pushed for the New York Yankees, then last week we changed course and sent our good vibes to the Boston Red Sox.
Apparently, our good vibes weren’t enough last week, so we’ve officially pulled a full 360 and are imploring you, painfully, to once again reach deep within yourself to find any sort of positive energy toward the Yankees you can muster, and send it their direction starting on Tuesday night.
The Yankees face the Toronto Blue Jays in a 3-game series this week; the Mariners currently sit two games behind the Red Sox, and one game behind the Blue Jays, in the American League Wild Card race.
With the Yankees pulling off a legendary 3-game sweep of the Red Sox this weekend, they were able to overcome the Red Sox in the playoff standings and jump into the top American League Wild Card spot. The Red Sox had been looking like clear favorites to earn home-field advantage in this year’s Wild Card matchup, but now they are fighting tooth and nail just to keep their spot in the playoffs; for the Mariners’ sake, hopefully their fight will not be enough.
The Red Sox face the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Nationals for a couple of 3-game series this week; the Orioles currently have the worst record in the American League, while the Nationals have floundered as well, currently possessing the third-worst record in the National League. However, Nationals outfielder Juan Soto is a legitimate NL MVP contender, and his push for that award may help him come through with a big performance against the Red Sox.
The Blue Jays, meanwhile, pose another threat to the Mariners’ playoff hopes; they may not currently hold a playoff spot, but Seattle still can’t get into the playoff picture without the Blue Jays losing a couple of games this week. We’re hoping the best chance for this will come in their 3-game set with the Yankees, as the Yankees are hot and looking to secure home field advantage in the Wild Card.
Time to swallow our pride, Mariners fans. Go Yankees.