Tale of the Tape Breakdown: Playoff Contenders, Mariners vs Astros

Division Series - Houston Astros v Seattle Mariners - Game Three
Division Series - Houston Astros v Seattle Mariners - Game Three / Steph Chambers/GettyImages
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A few years ago, an article series like this would have seemed like a waste of time. Before 2022, comparing the Seattle Mariners to anyone other than the worst teams in baseball was a waste of time. Now? Now things are different. In the finale of our 8 part series, I'm going to take a look at the teams that could potentially stand in the Mariners way of not only making the postseason but winning the American League.

Today, we have the finale, the ultimate challenger to the Seattle Mariners making their first-ever World Series. In part 8 of our 8 part series, we break down the inevitable battle between the rising Seattle Mariners and the new evil empire of baseball, the Houston Astros. For a team to have lost two all-time players like George Springer and Carlos Correa in consecutive years, there was some hope that 2022 would finally be a year where the AL and the West division would open up. Instead, the Astros got even stronger. 

The 2022 Houston Astros were one of the best teams in baseball in the past few decades. The Astros won 106 games, literally swept through the American League playoffs, and eventually withstood a valiant “phight” front Philadelphia to win their first legitimate World Series title in franchise history. With a perfect mix of experienced veterans, a terrifying youth infusion, and one of the most dominant pitching rotations and bullpens in baseball history, I hope the Houston Astros are at the climax of their dynastic era of terror on the Mariners and most of baseball. 

Let's find out if the Mariners did enough to finally overthrow Houston!