As a lifelong Mariners fan, this season has been riddled with ups and downs. There have been times when I thought we were capable of making a World Series run, and there have been times when I thought we don’t even deserve to make the postseason. However, regardless of any of these feelings, the M’s have 6 games left to play, and we are just 2 games out of the final AL Wildcard spot.
If we are able to make up these 2 games and beat out the Baltimore Orioles for the final playoff spot, it would be the Mariners first playoff appearance since the historic 2001 season in which they won 116 games, an MLB record. This would snap a 15-year playoff drought, the longest current drought in baseball. The Mariner’s manager, Scott Servais hasn’t given up hope yet.
“We’ve got a chance. That’s what we’ve been playing for and the guys, you can feel it, they really believe,” Servais said.
Hopefully the M’s can keep this belief alive tonight as Felix Hernandez takes the mound against the Houston Astros. With a win tonight, we would win the series with a chance to sweep Houston on Wednesday. Then, the Mariners’ final chance to close the gap between us and the Orioles will be in a 4-game series against the Oakland Athletics.
It is an extremely exciting time for the Mariners. Our playoff chances are still alive and our future rests solely in our hands. Let’s see if the Mariners can pull of what no one thought they could.