It’s been since 2001 that the Seattle Mariners were last in the postseason.
But that may be about to change.
With a 3-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night, they improved their record on the season to 84-70.
With the win and a loss by the Baltimore Orioles, they extended their lead in the AL Wild Card race to 4.5 games and reduced their magic number to clinch a spot in October down to three.
This means that if all goes according to plan, Seattle could clinch as soon as tomorrow.
They would have to beat the Rangers today and the Oakland Athletics tomorrow and need the Orioles to lose to the Boston Red Sox today or to the New York Yankees on Friday night.
FINAL: Mariners 3, Rangers 1
Their magic number for a postseason berth is down to 3⃣, and it can be clinched as soon as two days from now.
— Daniel Kramer (@DKramer_) September 29, 2022
Seattle Close To Clinching
The path is clear for the Mariners.
They’re finally closing in on clinching a postseason berth.
They currently own the longest active playoff drought of any team in baseball.
In 2001, they won 116 games during the regular season, an MLB record.
They advanced to the ALCS and lost to the Yankees in five games.
Since then, October has been a pretty quiet month out in the Pacific Northwest.
But that may change here in the next few days.
After a horrible start to the season, all the pieces slowly began to fall in place for the M’s.
Acquiring Luis Castillo gave their rotation and their morale a huge boost as they climbed their way into a Wild Card spot.
They’ll have Marco Gonzalez on the mound with a chance to reduce their magic number to at least two this evening as they wrap up their series with the Rangers.