The 2022 Seattle Mariners were a bit late, but they have finally arrived.
After finishing the 2021 campaign with a 90-72 record, they were on the verge of making the playoffs for the first time since 2001.
Then 2022 rolled around, and they were mediocre in the first couple of months.
Their performance, however, has finally started to resemble that 2021 squad that played with swagger, passion, and skill.
As a result, the M’s are currently streaking, and if the season ended today, they would be occupying a playoff spot.
“The #Mariners would be in the playoffs if the season ended today with their sensational streak: 10 consecutive victories: 1st time since April 8-17, 2002. 7 consecutive series victories: 1st time since July 27-Sept. 20,2001. 3 consecutive sweeps: 1st time since May 27-June 5, 2003,” USA Today’s Bob Nightengale tweeted.
The #Mariners would be in the playoffs if the season ended today with their sensational streak:
10 consecutive victories: 1st time since April 8-17, 2002
7 consecutive series victories: 1st time since July 27-Sept. 20,2001
3 consecutive sweeps: 1st time since May 27-June 5, 2003
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 14, 2022
A Good Year Fueled By A Fantastic Run
It has definitely been a season of “firsts” for Seattle, at least “first time in a while.”
That “while” is often around 20 years, probably the peak of the franchise as an on-field product along with those late-90s teams with Ken Griffey Jr.
They just won their 10th straight game, something that seemed impossible a month ago.
Jesse Winker is finally starting to turn things around, with two homers on Wednesday, and J.P. Crawford, Ty France, and Eugenio Suarez, among others, have been perfect complements to the great Julio Rodriguez, who will be participating in his first All-Star Game in his debut season.
All things considered, most Mariners roster members are finally starting to play like they were supposed to play since the beginning of the year.
It’s being reflected on the standings: the 47-42 Mariners now seem destined to make the postseason.