Ever since the Seattle Mariners’ record breaking 116 win season in 2001, Seattle has consistently been one of baseball’s worst teams. The M’s hold the longest active playoff drought in the MLB as they have gone 15 years without a playoff appearance. However, this season, new manager Scott Servais may have finally figured out the key to turning this team around. The M’s are currently 29-21, which is tied for first place in the AL West.
Led by an incredible start to the season by second baseman Robinson Cano, the Mariners have a chance to reach the playoffs for the first time since the 2001 season. This is largely thanks to their stellar record on the road. The M’s lead the league in runs and wins away from home with a record of 18-7, making them baseball’s best team on the road.
Unfortunately, both shortstop Ketel Marte and center fielder Leonys Martin were recently placed on the 15-day disabled list for minor injuries. This is a significant blow to the Mariners as Martin hit a walk-off homerun to beat the Oakland Athletics just over a week ago and Marte is one of the Mariner’s brightest young stars.
However, despite these two injuries, it is an extremely exciting time to be an M’s fan and to those who have stayed true to the blue over these difficult years, we may finally be witnessing another Year of the Mariner.