Seattle Mariners Will Make the Playoffs: Five Reasons

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Aug 19, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Fernando Rodney (56) strikes a pose after a strike out in the ninth to end a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Mariners won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports


Great starters are certainly helpful, but you need a good bullpen so that the lead can be protected. This season, the Mariners have that bullpen.

Fernando Rodney has been great, and the middle relievers have been holding leads all season. From Joe Beimel and his 1.19 ERA to Rodney’s 36 saves, the M’s have just been tough in the later innings.

If the offense can score a few runs early, the Mariners know that they are in good shape. There is no need to trade for a Healthcliff Slocumb this season. The bullpen is loaded.