All we needed to do was lose yesterday (or, have the White Sox win a third straight game, but it’s not fair to expect them to do ALL of our dirty work), but what did we do? Got a quality start out of Vidal Nuno, and competent-enough bullpen work from two guys I’ve never heard of, before Tom Wilhelmsen struck out the side in the ninth for his 13th save of the season.
In the end, at 76-86, the Mariners tied the White Sox for 10th-worst record in baseball. But, since the White Sox had a worse record than the Mariners in 2014, they get the tiebreaker, and we draft 11th. That is, if we make it through the whole offseason without signing a free agent with a qualifying offer. Otherwise, we won’t draft in the first round at all. Which, fine, whatever. It’ll probably be another bust anyway. Who cares, right?
In the end, it’s another 4th place finish for the Mariners in the A.L. West. I suppose we can hang our hats on the A’s finishing dead last. And, we can hang our hats just a tad bit higher due to the Anaheim Angels blowing it down the stretch, falling a game short of a one-game playoff to get that second wild card spot (like the Mariners of 2014). If there’s anything I love, it’s when the Angels suffer a crushing late-season disappointment.
The playoffs consist of the Yankees and Astros duking it out in the wild card game, with division winners Toronto, Kansas City, and Texas lurking about. In the N.L., the Cubs and Pirates get to play in the wild card game, with the Mets, Cardinals, and Dodgers as division winners. I don’t anticipate watching a ton of playoff baseball, but I see myself rooting for the Blue Jays and Royals in the A.L., and the Mets and the Cubs/Pirates out of the N.L.
For shits and giggles, let’s rank the playoff teams from those I like the best to the worst:
- Chicago Cubs
- Pittsburgh Pirates
- Toronto Blue Jays
- Kansas City Royals
- New York Mets
- St. Louis Cardinals
- Los Angeles Dodgers
- Houston Astros
- Texas Rangers
- New York Yankees
At the very least, can the baseball gods just promise us we won’t get the Subway Series Part II?
I’ll be back with more depressing Mariners posts as the offseason drags on. Here’s something to whet your appetite: It’s been 14 years since the Mariners have made the playoffs. That constitutes the longest active playoff drought in all of Major League Baseball. In fact! Did you know that among the four main professional North American sports (MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL), the only playoff drought longer than the Seattle Mariners is the Buffalo Bills (who last made the playoffs in 1999)? And, I don’t want to alarm anyone, but the Bills have as good a chance as anyone to end that drought this very year. Hooray?