Mariners Fans: Here is who you should root for the rest of the year
September 30th is an off day for the Seattle Mariners. They took care of business against the Athletics, and now have a day off. All of the other contenders had their off day on September 27th, so it’s now the Mariners who get to sit back and watch, hoping that other teams can assist their chase of a wild card berth.
It’s not just Thursday that I want to talk about though. We will dive into that more later on today, and dive a bit deeper. What I want to look at is who the Mariners should be rooting for throughout the remainder of the season.
The Mariners are gonna need some held from the DC Metro Area and Maryland.
Not something you would normally think of at this point in the season. Looking at the bottom of the division in both the AL East and the NL East, and hoping that those two teams can win as many games as possible. Just 35-40 miles apart from each other, Mariners fans are going to be heavily invested in hoping that the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Nationals can help us out.
The Orioles will be playing the Blue Jays, while the Nationals will be playing the Red Sox. It’s gonna be tough, but anything will help in those two series. There is some better news though.
The Yankees are going to be playing the Tampa Bay Rays. The best non-Californian team in baseball. Unless they decide to rest their guys and take it easy, it’s going to be a tough series for the Yankees.
The worst-case scenario heading into the final series for all of these teams would be to have Boston beat Baltimore to finish up today’s series finale, with the Yankees defeating Toronto as well. That would put New York up two games on the Mariners, and Boston up an entire game. on the other hand, a Blue Jays win and a Baltimore win would mean a three-way tie between Toronto, Boston, and Seattle heading into the final series, with the Yankees up just a game.
Their odds have slowly been creeping up, and it wasn’t that long ago that the Mariners were in the low single-digits for playoff chances. Now, Fangraphs has them all the way up to 19.6%. That number could change a lot of things fall into place during today’s off day.
As the weekend kicks into gear and the Mariners start their final series of the year, it’s still gonna take a bit more for the team to get there. Yeah, the Mariners are going to need to take care of business against the Angels (we will have more on that tomorrow), but when you find yourself looking at the scoreboard, make sure to root for the Orioles, the Nationals, and the Rays.