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- Mariners use dominant September to nearly catch Houston, settle for Wildcard Behind the dominant pen, reinforced offense, and upgraded rotation, Seattle dominates the final 20 games against the worst teams in baseball (Angels, Rangers, Royals, Athletics, Tigers), going 17-3. This second major hot streak propels the Mariners to 96 wins, pushing the Astros to the final weekend of the season, before finally losing the division. Instead, the Mariners settles for the top wildcard spot in the American League. The Seattle Mariners are hosting a playoff series people!
- Seattle Sweeps Tampa in the Wildcard Round Meeting the Mariners in the Wild Card Series are the Tampa Bay Rays. With the city ready to explode with excitement, their 21 years of frustration are rewarded by a two-game sweep and beat down on Tampa.
- Seattle falls in an epic divisional series battle with New York, the dawn of a new era. Playing with the moniker of the team no one wants to play, Seattle travels to New York for an ALDS series against the heavily favored and 106-win Yankees. After being easily defeated in the first two games in the Bronx, Seattle returns the favor by winning the next two before falling in game 5 on a walk-off win in extras for the Yankees.
A heartbreaking finish that saw the Mariners finally break through, the dawn of a new era in Seattle baseball has begun. They showed they can hang with the best, they just need a little more in the winter to get over the top.