For the first time since 2001, the sailors they’re heading to the playoffs. Seattle officially clinched a playoff spot with a dramatic win over the A’s on Friday night.
Cal Raleigh, a two-out pinch hitter in the bottom of the ninth inning, homered to right field to send the Mariners to the postseason in epic fashion.
In clinching the title, Seattle officially broke its 21-year postseason drought, which was the longest drought among the four major sports. That record now belongs to the Sacramento Kings, who haven’t made the NBA playoffs since 2007.
Seattle will play in the wild card round of the MLB playoffs thanks to its infusion of talent over the past year. Star outfielder Julio Rodríguez has fielded a. .844 OPS with 27 home runs in his rookie season, giving the Mariners a franchise cornerstone for the next 12 years.
The Mariners also added ace starters louis castle at the trade deadline, then signed him to a contract extension of up to six years a few months later. castle, robbie ray and Logan Gilbert have four-year contracts at the top of Seattle’s rotation.
While the Mariners know they will play in the playoffs, who and where they will play has yet to be determined. If they finish No. 6, they will play the Guardians in Cleveland. If they finish fifth, they’ll probably have to go to Toronto to play the Blue Jays. And if they finish as the top four seeds, they’ll host either the Blue Jays or the Rays for three games.
Seattle is currently 1.5 games behind Toronto for the fourth seed and a half game ahead of Tampa Bay for the fifth seed with six games to play.
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