The Seattle Mariners have been one of the most surprising teams this season. Originally scheduled to compete for playoff spot, next year. The Mariners have thrown themselves into the conversation this year by winning a lot of close ball games.
How Have The Seattle Mariners Done It?
Looking back at the beginning of the year, everybody thought that this was going to be a rebuilding year where you would see top prospects Logan Gilbert, Jarred Kelenic and Cal Raleigh make their debuts. After the first two graduated the Farm System got even better. The Mariners have looked like a fun, energetic team with a lot of good chemistry all year long.
The Mariners bullpen has been absolutely phenomenal this year. Even after their leader Kendall Graveman was traded. After that trade, the Mariners have seen guys like Paul Sewald and Drew Steckenrider step up in clutch moments. The Graveman trade was not ideal for this year’s team, but it helps the team in the long run at second base. Plus the bullpen will be loaded next year with Sewald, Steckenrider, Ken Giles, Diego Castillo and Andres Muñoz. But at other times, the Mariners bullpen wouldn’t have been phenomenal without the help of the offense. There have been times when the Mariners offense can’t get anything going, as well as times when they’re electric and exploding with runs.
How Can The Mariners Make The Playoffs?
As they sit right now, the Mariners are ahead of schedule in their rebuild. Currently sitting 4.0 games out of the wildcard spot with 29 games to play. The Mariners also have some reinforcements on the way. Kyle Lewis is headed out for some minor league rehab appearances this week, Justus Sheffield is already back (in the bullpen). If the Mariners truly want to make it to the postseason this year and end the drought they have some work to do. They now have the experience of beating the Astros.
This season the Mariners are Refusing To Lose. As a team, they are 23-10 in one-run games up til now. As well as 11-3 in extra inning games.
Why The Seattle Mariners Won’t Make It?
With this season not being when the Mariners were supposed to make it, they look drained and tired. Jarred Kelenic is falling back down after appearing to get out of a slump. The Mariners have a tough schedule ahead facing the Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros, and Oakland Athletics. Though this year has and will give the Mariners the experience they need for 2022.
Jerry Dipoto Was Right
When Jerry Dipoto started the rebuild, he said that the Mariners would initially contend for a playoff spot in 2021. Which for the most part, the Mariners have. Although losing some key games along the way has not helped their chances, they are still right there in the hunt for a wild-card spot this year. Though the future looks even brighter with every farm team sitting above .500. The Mariners will be ready to compete for a playoff spot or even making the World Series.
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