The 2022 MLB season has been a nice success story for the Seattle Mariners.
Last season, the M’s finished 90-72 and fell just short of the postseason.
After making some big additions in the offseason, Seattle got off to a horrible start and didn’t find their footing until late June.
Since then, however, the Mariners have proven to be every bit as good as we all thought heading into the season.
On June 21, Seattle was 10 games below the .500 mark and have gone 52-26 since.
That’s the fourth-best record in baseball over that stretch, and yet in that stretch, they never came close to touching the Houston Astros.
In fact, they actually lost ground on them in that stretch.
Now, it’s too late to catch them, as they secured their sixth AL West title in the last seven years with a win last night.
Since the Mariners turned their season around on June 21, when they were 10 games under .500, they have a 52-26 record, fourth-best in MLB … Yet they've still lost ground to the Astros in the AL West (13 GB to 15 after today). Complete dominance.
— Daniel Kramer (@DKramer_) September 20, 2022
Mariners Hot Streak Not Enough To Stop Astros
The Astros were simply too strong for the Mariners to catch, despite Seattle’s resurgence.
Once again, the Astros have proven to be the team to beat in the AL West.
The fact that the Mariners were that hot and still managed to lose ground to the Astros says more about the Astros than it does the Mariners.
It just goes to show how dominant the Astros have been for the last several years.
It didn’t matter than almost every baseball fan outside of Houston was rooting against them and hoping they would fade.
The Astros remain an elite ballclub and the best team in the American League over the past five seasons.
The Mariners may be a team on the rise, but they still are nowhere close to the Astros.
The Astros are still as dominant as ever and aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.