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MARINERS ANALYSIS

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Mariners among nine teams vying for two wildcard spots in A.L.

Thu., Aug. 17, 2017, 3:29 p.m.

Los Angeles Angels’ Kaleb Cowart slides safely into second base ahead of the tag by Seattle Mariners shortstop Jean Segura in the fifth inning on Aug. 12, 2017, in Seattle. Both teams are among nine in the A.L. within 3.5 games of a wildcard spot. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)
An open date Thursday in the Mariners’ schedule offers a chance to assess before they begin a four-city trip Friday with the first of three weekend games at Tampa Bay. The Mariners are 61-61 and trail the Los Angeles Angels by 1.5 games in a crowded race for the American League’s two wild-card berths.

Vince Grippi: Mariners still have a shot despite sweep

Sun., Aug. 13, 2017, 7:02 p.m.

Yovani Gallardo will start for a battered Mariners pitching staff on Monday. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)
The Mariners still have a shot at the playoffs even after opening their only August homestand with a four-game sweep. The negative type. You know, four consecutive losses to the now wild-card holding Angels.

Mariners rotation in flux as team struggles to stay in postseason contention

Tue., Aug. 8, 2017, 6 p.m.

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez stands on the mound after he walked Boston Red Sox's Andrew Benintendi during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 25, 2017, in Seattle. (Ted S. Warren / Associated Press)
The cynic could see it coming. And even the most optimistic of analysts or fans still knew this was a possibility. In the sun-soaked days of spring training, when everything was possibility and positivity, even a cursory look at the Mariners’ projected starting rotation provided some level of skepticism.

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