Believe it — Mariners just moved into a tie for AL’s second wild card

Sep 30, 2021, 6:45 PM | Updated: 10:17 pm
Mariners J.P. Crawford...
J.P. Crawford of the Mariners reacts after hitting a leadoff double against the Red Sox on Sept. 13. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
(Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

The Mariners in playoff position? You better believe it.

Salk: What sets these M’s apart is they’re playing like a playoff team

Having Thursday off didn’t stop Seattle from climbing in the American League playoff race, as the Mariners (89-70) have moved into a tie for the second wild card with Boston (89-70) after the Red Sox lost to the Baltimore Orioles 6-2 on Thursday night.

That wasn’t the only good news the Mariners got Thursday night, as the Yankees (91-68), who are in command of the AL’s first wild card, defeated Toronto 6-2. The loss for the Blue Jays (88-71) puts them one game behind the Mariners in the standings as the first team on the outside looking in at the playoff picture.

So what now? To break their long postseason drought just before it hits 20 seasons, the Mariners only need to get through their final three games this weekend with at least one more win than the Red Sox and the same or more wins than the Blue Jays. Should they finish the regular season tied for the second wild card, however, they’ll need to win a one-game playoff before that postseason drought can officially end. Oh, and if the M’s go so far as to win their remaining games and sweep the Los Angeles Angels this weekend, they would guarantee themselves a 163rd game this year.

M’s Tiebreaker Scenarios: What could happen to settle playoff spots

Say, do the Mariners have any history in one-game playoffs? Like, maybe in 1995 or something?

The really good news for the Mariners is that while they are red hot, having won 10 of their last 11 games, the Red Sox are the completely opposite, having lost five of their last six, including two of three against the cellar-dwelling Orioles (52-107). Boston will also be without the benefit of the designated hitter position this weekend when they play three games on the road against against the National League’s Washington Nationals (65-94) starting Friday. The Blue Jays, meanwhile, host Baltimore for three games starting Friday.

The Mariners begin their final series of the regular season at 7:10 p.m. Friday against the Angels at T-Mobile Park. Coverage on 710 ESPN Seattle begins with the pregame show at 6. The last two games of the series are set for 6:10 p.m. Saturday (pregame show at 5) and 12:10 p.m. Sunday (pregame show at 11 a.m., coverage carried on 770 AM).

More Mariners coverage from

• Jerry Dipoto Show: Who is M’s MVP, surge of Kelenic, Haniger’s emotion
• Shannon Drayer: Why this Mariners run is real, how Anderson’s start helped
• Mike Blowers: M’s playing their best baseball as they make a run at playoffs
• ‘The future is now’: Scott Servais on Mariners’ final push for playoffs
• Who is Mariners rookie Matt Brash? What you need to know
• Dave Sims: What stands out about how Mariners have stayed in the race

See you next season

Chevrolet Silverado

Seattle Mariners

Mariners Griffey...
The Associated Press

Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. joins Mariners ownership group

Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. is investing in the Mariners in a way he never has before. He’ll be part of the ownership group going forward.
1 day ago
Mariners Blue Jays Marcus Semien...
Brent Stecker

Morosi: Marcus Semien, Trevor Story make sense for Mariners to target

With the Mariners committed to J.P. Crawford at shortstop but interested in the SS free-agency class, Jon Morosi details the two names that fit the best.
1 day ago
Mariners Shed Long Jr....
Shannon Drayer

Mariners make 6 roster moves ahead of 40-man roster crunch

The Mariners announced six player moves Friday afternoon, creating three 40-man roster spots ahead of an expected offseason roster crunch.
4 days ago
Mike Salk

Mariners’ Mitch Haniger, Jerry Dipoto sound more like they’re on same page

Comments Thursday by Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto about Mitch Haniger on 710 ESPN Seattle paint a better picture about a possible extension than before.
4 days ago
Mariners Semien Crawford...
Brent Stecker

Jerry Dipoto addresses how Mariners may find a fit in SS free-agency class

The Mariners have their shortstop, so why would they be interested in one of the big name free agent shortstops? Jerry Dipoto sheds some light.
5 days ago
Mariners Mitch Haniger, Jarred Kelenic...
Brandon Gustafson

Is the future of the Mariners’ outfield as set as we thought?

The outfield is where the Mariners appeared to have the brightest future entering 2021, but the way the season played out changed some things.
9 days ago
Believe it — Mariners just moved into a tie for AL’s second wild card