The first half of the 2022 MLB season has come to a close.
Several teams are entering the second half on a good note, having played well enough in the first half to put themselves in position to make a run down the stretch.
Some teams have had to fight harder that other to get to where they are right now.
One team in particular that has had to fight their way back is the Seattle Mariners.
They closed the first half on 14-game winning streak, and Stats By STATS noted that they’ve made some history heading into the All-Star Break.
The @Mariners have won 14 straight games, the longest winning streak entering the All-Star break in MLB history.
Prior to this season, the longest win streak entering the break was 10 games by the 1975 Reds, 1945 Cubs and 1935 Tigers, all of whom made the World Series that year.
— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) July 17, 2022
Mariners Make History Before The Break
Three teams prior to the Mariners this year had entered the All-Star Break on a 10-game winning streak.
Those were the 1975 Cincinnati Reds, the 1945 Chicago Cubs, and the 1935 Detroit Tigers, all of whom reached the World Series.
That was the record until this year.
These Mariners have come out of nowhere and now find themselves back in postseason contention, which is where they were expected to be this season after their big additions over the offseason.
On paper, this is a solid ballclub that has the potential to compete for a World Series title.
After rebounding from a bad start, they’re showing that they are more than capable of pulling that off.
It’s been since 2001 that the Mariners were last in the postseason.
Perhaps this year is different.
They were just a few games short last season.
We’ll see what the second half has in store for them.