Tonight will mark game 152 of 162. The M’s, struggling of late, are looking to secure a playoff position in the American League Wild Card, potentially their first in over two decades, sometime over the next week.
After blowing a nine-run lead Sunday evening and capping off an ugly, 3-7 road trip against three teams all well-below .500, Seattle hopes that their good vibes decide to show up again in this final stretch of regular season games.
Luis “La Piedra” Castillo inked a five-year, $108 million dollar deal yesterday. Despite only being with the M’s for less than half the year, he has become a quick fan favorite, where he’ll now be in the navy blue and northwest green for the next five years.
Mr. Good Vibes Only, Eugenio Suarez, is making his return to the starting lineup as a Designated Hitter tonight against the Rangers. After dealing with a fractured finger, Suarez looks to bring his pop to a lineup that struggled offensively at times over the road trip.
Seattle will continue to face below average teams to finish the season, but now in front of now anxious, yet extremely excited Mariner fans:
- 9/27-9/29: Texas Rangers (65-87), 3-game losing streak, 3-7 in L10
- 9/30-10/2: Oakland Athletics (59-67), 4-6 in L10, last place in AL West
- 10/3-10/5: Detroit Tigers (60-92), last place in AL Central
As Eugenio Suarez returns to the lineup, Julio Rodriguez will continue to sit on the ten-day shelf, despite looking “great” in the eyes of skipper Scott Servais. He is expected to be back in center field come Monday. Cal Raleigh, who has been playing through a sore thumb he developed sliding head-first into first base a while back, is “really battling through” [pain]. Raleigh is in the lineup, behind the dish tonight.
Before the game starts in approximately two hours, the current magic number for the playoff-hungry Seattle Mariners is six.
Baltimore won last night during Seattle’s off day, so they are a current-3.5 games behind the M’s.
Say Seattle only wins three games (which would be less than ideal) in their last ten games, the Orioles would have to win seven on their final nine. But as we all know, the Mariners are the Mariners. Simply put…expect the unexpected.
Cleveland has secured the American League Central after going 9-1 in their last ten. They will face the six-seed (third wild card spot) at home for three games come postseason time.
As it sits right now, Seattle (currently #3 wild card) is a half-game behind Tampa Bay, and three full games behind the Toronto Blue Jays. The #1 AL Wild Card team will host the #2 team for three games.
It is a trio of strictly-American League East teams surrounding the M’s. Here is who the two teams in front, and one team behind Seattle will face to close their respective regular seasons:
- Toronto Blue Jays: New York Yankees (2 gms), Boston Red Sox (3 gms), Baltimore Orioles (3 gms)
- Tampa Bay Rays: Cleveland Guardians (2 gms), Houston Astros (3 gms), Boston Red Sox (3 gms)
- Baltimore Orioles: Boston Red Sox (2 gms), New York Yankees (3 gms), Toronto Blue Jays (3 gms)
Tuesday is Ray Day. Robbie will face off against Jesus Tinoco, who looks to be used as an opener. Robbie, in his last three games has a record of 0-2, giving up nine total earned runs, while walking four.
After blowing an 11-2 lead, Seattle will look to keep the bats up, and hope their starters and “Los Bomberos” can return to form at home.
It is nitty-gritty time for the M’s. Ten to go, and they can clinch their first playoff appearance in 21 years as early as Thursday night.