How the Mariners fit into the playoff picture at the MLB halfway point

We are at the halfway mark of the season, which is crazy because it felt like the season just started. Here's how the Mariners fit into the playoff picture
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NL West

1st place team: Los Angeles Dodgers (48-31)

Well, this was expected as the Dodgers went out and got Shohei Ohtani, Yoshinobu Yamamoto, and Tyler Glasnow in the offseason. But their season hasn't come without adversity, Mookie Betts and
Yoshinobu Yamamoto both went on the IL recently.

2nd place team: San Diego Padres (41-41) 8.5 GB, leader of WC3

The Padres went out and acquired Luis Arraez in early May have been much better than their 2023 team. If they are going to keep that WC spot then they will need Manny Machado to get it going for them. They could also use an arm for their rotation.

3rd place team: Arizona Diamondbacks (38-40) 9.5 GB, 1 GB WC3

The 2023 NL World Series representative has not been as good as many expected them to be. But they did barely sneak into the playoffs last year. The Diamondbacks will have to decide if they will trade players like Christian Walker and Paul Sewald.

4th place team: San Francisco Giants (36-42) 11.5 GB, 3 GB of WC3

The San Francisco Giants in the off season signed Blake Snell, Matt Chapman and Jung Ho Lee. Blake Snell is on the injured list and has not looked like a Cy Young award winner. Jung Ho Lee is out for the year due to a shoulder injury. They could use a bat at the deadline and they will get Robbie Ray back soon.

5th place team: Colorado Rockies (27-51) 20.5 GB, 12 GB WC3

The Colorado Rockies are one of the worst teams in baseball and will be selling some players at the deadline. That Kris Bryant contract has been atrocious for them.