Mariners epic walk off on defending champs is 3rd best game of 2022

Atlanta Braves v Seattle Mariners
Atlanta Braves v Seattle Mariners / Rob Leiter/GettyImages
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A Few Reflections

Intense series

This series was intense. At the time, the Mariners were playing really well, having won 10 of their past 13 games. Sam Haggerty was making plays all over the place, and Julio and Geno were healthy and mashing.

It was a great test to show Seattle they belonged, but the games were also extremely tight. The Braves won game one 6-4, but Kirby shut down the Braves offense for a 3-1 win in game two. 

Best of Suarez before injury

Sep 11, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA;  Seattle Mariners third baseman Eugenio Suarez (28) yells
Sep 11, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Mariners third baseman Eugenio Suarez (28) yells / Lindsey Wasson-USA TODAY Sports

I talked about this during Luis Castillo's debut win, but this was probably the apex of Geno's season with Seattle. During this series, Suarez was on a roll, hitting nearly .250 and 15 home runs over a month span. His all-star level of play was shut down shortly after from an injury that knocked out Suarez for a few weeks and hurt that incredible run.

The amount of talent on the field

As we recently saw, the Braves are absolutely elite at acquiring, developing, and locking up their elite talent. Their team wins the world series, loses Freddie Freeman, and proceeds to have an even better regular season than the year before. Their talent, not just players, but the coaching staff and front office are absolutely crushing it right now. The Braves are the class of the National League and should be the example for Seattle to strive for.

A precursor to a future world series?

The biggest takeaway for me on this game was how excited I am to eventually see these two face off in a world series in the not too distant future. These rosters are loaded with stars and young controllable talent.

These two teams appear to be the most promising looking organizations for the next decade, and with how much fun this game and series was, can you imagine what a fall classic would look like with these two team going at it?

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