What does it mean and why are fans so excited

The Seattle Mariners won 4-2 over the Oakland Athletics Championships Wednesday night, keeping them just half a game behind the Boston Red Sox and in the race for the wild card position in the American League.

It’s been 20 years since the Mariners went through the playoffs. They currently have the longest active playoff dry spell in Major League Baseball, but they’re hoping to change that as they head into the final game of the season at T-Mobile Park this weekend.

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The Mariners are half a game behind the Boston Red Sox who are currently second in the MLS. This is very close. If the Sailors win a match and the Red Sox lose, the Sailors will take second place. With only three matches left for the Mariners and four for the Sox, Emerald City and its fans are on pins and needles. This is the closest the Mariners have come to winning a playoff place with five games or less since 2001.

Who plays on Thursday?

The Mariners have a day off on Thursday (September 30) but the Red Sox play the last game of their series against the Baltimore Orioles.

Red Sox likely to win: Baltimore ranks last, not only in its league but also in the entire MLS. If the Red Sox wins tonight, because Seattle isn’t playing, they’ll move to one game before Seattle.

When the term “next matches” is used, the standings are determined by who wins and who loses. So if Boston wins, they win half a game ahead of Seattle. To win one full game, Boston would have to win and Seattle would have to lose. Not playing does not mean losing.

SEATTLE, WA – SEPTEMBER 29: JB Crawford #3 and Jared Kielnik #10 of the Seattle Mariners celebrate after the game against the Oakland Athletics at T-Mobile Park on September 29, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. Mariners won 4-2. (Photo by Alica Jenner/Getty Images)

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When do the Mariners play next?

It all goes back to the last three games this weekend. Seattle plays Los Angeles Angels at home Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The Mariners won their last three series games against the Angels last weekend when they played in Los Angeles.

When does the Red Sox play next?

The Red Sox plays their last regular season game against the Washington Nationals this weekend. It’s great for Boston fans – they are more likely to win. The Nationals are third from the bottom in the National League, with a record of 65 wins and 94 losses. For comparison, Boston’s record is 89 wins and 69 losses. With the Sox in the MLS and the Nationals in the National League, these two teams haven’t faced each other this season. It’s hard to predict Boston’s loss.

How are the playoff teams determined?

Major League Baseball is divided into two leagues: the American and the National. From there, each league is divided into divisions: East, Central, and West. Sailors in the American Western League.

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 29: Seattle Mariners 17th Mitch Hanegger signs autographs before the game against the Oakland Athletics at T-Mobile Park on September 29, 2021 in Seattle, Washington.  Mariners won 4-2.  (Photo by Alica Jenner/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA – SEPTEMBER 29: Seattle Mariners 17th Mitch Hanegger signs autographs before the game against the Oakland Athletics at T-Mobile Park on September 29, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. Mariners won 4-2. (Photo by Alica Jenner/Getty Images)

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To reach the playoffs, teams in each league have to either be the top seed in their league or earn a spot. The two teams from each league with the best record outside the division will get a special spot. These two teams will play each other in a one-game playoff, the MLS wild card.

Once the team earns a place to play cards and wins a Wild Card game, that team continues to play the top seed in its division. For example, if the Mariners make it to the American League Wild Card game, they’ll play the New York Yankees (who comfortably stay in the first wild card spot). If they beat the Yankees and win the ALWC game, they will then play for the Houston Astros, who are currently number one in the American West Division.

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 29: Tom Murphy of the Seattle Mariners No. 2 snows in Drew Stikinrider No. 16's pants after the game against Oakland Athletic at T-Mobile Park on September 29, 2021 in Seattle, Washington.  Mariners won 4-2.  (Photo by Alica Jenner/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – SEPTEMBER 29: Tom Murphy of the Seattle Mariners No. 2 snows in Drew Stikinrider No. 16’s pants after the game against Oakland Athletic at T-Mobile Park on September 29, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. Mariners won 4-2. (Photo by Alica Jenner/Getty Images)

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From there, the playoffs continue as expected. He will play the Wild Card Champion in the Divison Series, which includes three other teams: the top seed from the Eastern, Central, and Western divisions. The two winning teams from the Division Series will play each other in the Championship Series. The two teams that win their respective league series will play each other in the World Championship.

Where are the other teams now?

Currently, the Tampa Bay Rays have snatched their place in the playoffs of the American Eastern League. The Chicago White Sox also did the same in the Central Division, and the Houston Astros led the West. In the National League, the San Francisco Giants dominate the Western Division with a record-breaking season, with the Atlanta Braves leading the East and Central Division to the Milwaukee Brewers.

While Boston and Seattle are vying for second place, the Yankees are virtually guaranteed top spot in the MLS. In the National League, the Los Angeles Dodgers advanced an impressive 14 games, finishing first in the championship with the St. Louis Cardinals winning the second place.

September 19, 2001: The Seattle Mariners celebrate their Western League title victory over the Anaheim Angels during the game at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington.  Mariners won 5-0.  digital photo.  Mandatory credit: Otto Greule / Allsport
September 19, 2001: The Seattle Mariners celebrate their Western League title victory over the Anaheim Angels during the game at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington. Mariners won 5-0. digital photo. Mandatory credit: Otto Greule / Allsport

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The Seattle Mariners have not seen a game in excess of 162 games since 2001 when Edgar Martinez and Ichiro Suzuki were on the list. That year, the Mariners tied the all-time record for the most winning season, reaching the same 116 wins as the 1906 Chicago Cubs. The record has not been broken since. The Mariners were number one in the division, went straight to the MLS series, and won. They eventually fell to the New York Yankees in the MLS Championship, who lost the World Series to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

How to get Mariners tickets this weekend

The Mariners kick off their final – and vital – home of the season on Friday with fan appreciation weekend. Oktoberfest is also in the mix on Saturdays, with special tickets that include a souvenir seat and a free drink.

As of Thursday afternoon, sales of the three games against the Los Angeles Angels are about 30,000 tickets per game. T-Mobile Park has a capacity of 47,000.

Tickets for all remaining games are available at Mariners.com/tickets, in the Mariners Team and T-Mobile Park box office stores, which open two and a half hours before the first game.



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