It took a while, but we can finally say it: the 2022 Seattle Mariners are a legit contender, and look like one of the best teams in MLB at the moment.
For a brief period in the first half, they didn’t look like a team capable making a deep postseason run.
Right now, there may not be a hotter team in the American League than the Mariners.
“The @Mariners are: 44-25 since June 2; 28-12 since July 2; 10-5 since August 2. BEST record in the American League over all 3 of those spans,” Mariners insider Alex Mayer tweeted.
The @Mariners are:
44-25 since June 2
28-12 since July 2
10-5 since August 2
BEST record in the American League over all 3 of those spans.
— Alex Mayer (@alexmayer34) August 18, 2022
A Well-Rounded Team
J.P. Crawford is the heart and soul of the infield, and Jesse Winker is starting to show the level that prompted the M’s to pursue a trade with the Cincinnati Reds for him.
The pitching has been stellar with Ray and Castillo leading the rotation, plus excellent second-year starter Logan Gilbert, talented rookie George Kirby, and innings eaters Marco Gonzales and Chris Flexen.
The bullpen has also been good.
Overall, the 65-54 Mariners will likely be a tough out in the playoffs.
Just making the postseason will be seen as a successful campaign, but this group is hungry and wants way more than that.