The Seattle Mariners are playing some pretty good ball these days, just in case you hadn’t noticed. Not only are the Mariners playing good ball, they would actually make the playoffs if the season ended today.
How weird is that?
On paper, the Mariners have a team that could do some damage in the playoffs. They have Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma at the top of the rotation, and in the postseason it can be all about starting pitching. Not to mention that heavily hyped prospect Taijuan Walker will make his season debut on Monday against the Houston Astros.
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By the way, King Felix pitched a one-hitter today against the Cleveland Indians. He’s having a fairly effective season. Just sayin’.
Sure, the Mariners would need to score some runs in the playoffs and you could make the argument that they might need another bat to help Robinson Cano, Kyle Seager and James Jones. Perhaps the club will actually be “buyers” at the trade deadline this year.
Again, how strange would that be?
So, after 82 games the Mariners are 44-38 and currently have one of the Wild Card spots. There is reason for optimism, as the pitching has been great and the offense is actually starting to find a rhythm.
How will the rest of the season unfold? Let us know in this poll:
Also, let us know in the comment section why you made your particular selection. In the meantime, keep rooting for the Mariners, a potential playoff team.