2022 Seattle Mariners and MLB Playoff Predictions
One of the best times of the sports year, just got a heck of a lot better for Seattle Mariners fans. In case you hadn’t heard, your Mariners are in the playoffs for the first time since 2001.
They are just one of the many great storylines for this postseason. The Mariners breaking the curse, going to Toronto to take on another young and up-and-coming club. You have the Yankees, desperate to break through and get past the Astros, while the Astros are trying to finally get over their world series hump and prove they’re championship material, minus the garbage cans.
In the National League, you have the great ball clubs of the NL East trying to dethrone perhaps one of the greatest teams of all time in the Dodgers, while what do Pujols, Molina, and Wainwright have in store for their last ride?
With the new format and extra teams, this is shaping up to be an all-time classic postseason. So who’s popping champagne and who’s winning a championship?
2022 MLB postseason predictions and Mariners thoughts
Wild Card Series
4 New York Mets v 5 San Diego Padres
The dilemma for the Mets is whether or not to pitch Jacob deGrom in this three-game series. When healthy, he’s unstoppable, but his health is always a question. I believe the Mets are gonna risk it and not throw him. Their gamble will pay off, but barely.
The Padres fight to the very end, and probably win this series if they had one more star bat…hmmm…
Mets in 3
3 St. Louis Cardinals v 6 Philadelphia Phillies
The Mariners aren’t the only team to break a streak. The Phillies are back in October for the first time since 2011 when they were heavy favorites before being upset by the same Cardinals they’ll face this weekend.
There’s a legitimate case to be made that the Phillies have a better roster than St. Louis, but the emotional wave and the home-field advantage for the Cards is no joke.
Goldschmidt and Arenado carry the offense, while the depth of St. Louis’s pitching holds off the 1-2 punch of Nola and Wheeler for Philly.
The ride off into the sunset plan goes another week.
Cardinals in 3
4 Toronto Blue Jays v 5 Seattle Mariners
Great hitting faces off against great pitching. That’s what this series will come down to in my opinion. While the Blue Jays have a tremendous 1-2 punch in their rotation, the Mariners can match that plus their dominant bullpen.
The Mariners have the potential and star power on the offensive side of the ball, including soon-to-be named ROY Julio Rodriguez, but it pales in comparison to the power and depth of the Toronto lineup.
This series is pretty simple in my mind. Can the Blue Jays score 4 runs or more in a game? If so, I like them to win. If not, Seattle will pull off the upset. I’ve always been told good pitching beats good hitting, so I’ll pick my first upset and say the Mariners get it done across the border.
Mariners in 2
3 Cleveland Indians v 6 Tampa Bay
The youngest team in all of baseball takes on the most unique team in baseball. The Guardians, surprise winners of the AL Central, have lost three straight playoff series going back to 2017.
Tampa Bay, another perennial contender in the American League, is looking to make a run after their disappointing ALDS exit last season. Tampa chose to tank and go for the perceived easier path through the postseason, losing 9 of their last eleven, including 5 straight. This gamble backfires on Tampa, and Cleveland continues their magical run.
Guardians in 3