The Seattle Mariners were a popular pick to play in the 2015 World Series at the start of the season. Boy were those people wrong. The Mariners have been a major disappointment this season as they currently are below .500 at 47-57 going into the month of August.
The Seattle Mariners August schedule will begin with a chance to be a spoiler at the Minnesota Twins from July 31 through August 2. The Twins currently hold the final American League Wild Card spot. They will then visit the Colorado Rockies in a game without playoff importance for the next three games.
The Mariners will return to Safeco Field for three games against the Texas Rangers in a series that have some meaning for the Rangers who might still be in the Wild Card race then. The same could also be true for the next opponent to come to Safeco Field when the Baltimore Orioles come to visit for three games.
The Mariners then go back on the road to face the Boston Red Sox for three games and the Rangers for three from August 14-19. They will then come back to Safeco Field for the Chicago White Sox who may still be in playoff contention then, August 21-23. The Oakland A’s then come in for three games on the 24th through the 26th. They will then go back on the road to face the White Sox from the 27th through the 30th in a four game series.
The Seattle Mariners September schedule begins with a three game series with the American League West leading Houston Astros form August 31 through September 2. Then they face the A’s in Oakland for a three game series August 4-6.
Graphic via bleacherreport
The Mariners return to Safeco Field to face the Rangers from the 7th through the 10th and the Colorado Rockies from the 11th through the 13th before the nest important series as far as the playoffs are concerned. The Los Angeles Angels come in from the 14th rough the 16th in a series the Mariners have a chance to be a spoiler.
They will then go out on the road again with three games against the Rangers, three against the Kansas City Royals and three with the Angels from the 18th through the 27th. All three of those could possibly have playoff implications.
They will return to Safeco Field in what might be another big series when they host the Houston Astros the 28th through the 30th before ending with three games at home against the A’s from October 2nd through the 4th.
The Mariners were not expecting to be in this position coming down the stretch this season. Perhaps with a good finish to 2015, it will give them reason to hope for better things in 2016.
With Felix Hernandez, they have an ace starter as good as there is in baseball. That’s a good start. Also, Robinson Cano seems to be playing better since the All-Star Break. He has had a long recovery from an intestinal parasite which he discovered late last season. If he can get fully recovered for next season that would be huge for Seattle. If not, his contract is a big financial drain on this franchise.
They also need young catcher Mike Zunino to hit for a better average. He has done a good job defensively and shown some pop with 10 home runs but hitting .182 is not going to cut it.
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