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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AL East

1st place team: New York Yankees (52-28)

The New York Yankees are one of the most complete teams in baseball. Led by Juan Soto, Aaron Judge, and one of the best rotations in baseball, and oh ya they just got Gerrit Cole back. The New York Yankees are a World Series favorite.

2nd place team: Baltimore Orioles (49-28) 1.5 GB, WC1 + 7.5 games

The Baltimore Orioles are one of the most entertaining teams to watch in baseball. Led by Gunnar Henderson and a young crop of positional players. The Orioles will be searching for another arm to go with Corbin Burnes and Grayson Rodriguez.

3rd place team: Boston Red Sox (42-36) 9 GB, leader of WC3

The Boston Red Sox have been a huge surprise in the AL East this year. Led by Tyler O'Neill, who was acquired in the offseason from the Cardinals. Tanner Houck and this rotation have finally found it. They will have to decide if they want to be sellers or buyers at the deadline.

4th place team: Tampa Bay Rays (38-40) 14 GB, 4 GB of WC3

The Tampa Bay Rays always find a way to be in the hunt for the playoffs but is this the year they sell players like Randy Arozarena, Yandy Diaz, and Isaac Paredes to recoup for 2025.

5th place team: Toronto Blue Jays (35-42) 15.5 GB, 6.5 GB of WC3

The Toronto Blue Jays have been a disappointment in 2024. A playoff team in 2023, many believe they will be sellers while players like Vlad Guerrero Jr, and Bo Bichette could be on another team by the end of the season.