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FanPost Friday: Mariners Belief Check!

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Playoff push or gradual descent? Let’s hear it!

Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers
mfw i complete a pyrrhic victory
Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

With a not-terribly-convincing sweep of the objectively bad, yet pesky Texas Rangers, the Seattle Mariners hit a season-best 10 games above .500. We are gathered here today to check the LL pulse on if and how much your belief in these 2021 Mariners has changed due to this recent streak of play.

One reason for hope: Weak opponents!

You may have seen some of these numbers the last couple weeks regarding the remaining 2021 schedule:

The Mariners have 13 games to play against the very bad Kansas City Royals and historically-bad-on-the-road Arizona Diamondbacks. That’s good! But, as we’ve seen with the Rangers and earlier in the season against the Tigers and Twins, this Mariners team plays up and down to their competition just as much as every Mariners team from the last 2 decades has. That’s bad! Still, there is reason for hope given the 13 attainable wins here. What’s the rest of the schedule like, you ask? Well...

Three reasons to not get hopes up: The Oakland A’s, Houston Astros, and Boston Red Sox

As John and other staffers will be discussing today, 21 of the remaining 40 games are against those three shitbird teams. Personally, I don’t believe these Mariners can out play any of them, which is extremely on brand for the A’s especially, who are once again in the position of being juuuuust upstream of the Mariners while taking a giant piss into the team’s water supply. Literally every time the Mariners have come within striking distance of the playoffs the last 20+ years, the A’s have been just ahead of them eternally moving the goal posts.

The Astros are a foregone conclusion to me and the Red Sox, while scuffling a bit lately, now have a fully operational Chris Sale again. All in all, I’m not buying in this time on a team that couldn’t beat the Rangers by more than two runs this week.

Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Enough about me, let’s hear it from y’all!

BELIEF CHECK TIME!

Poll

What is your belief status on the Seattle Mariners in late August 2021

This poll is closed

  • 21%
    NO ONE BELIEVES IN US, LET’S GOOOOOO
    (105 votes)
  • 35%
    My interest is piqued, but I remain skeptical
    (177 votes)
  • 19%
    Haha, come on now......unless????
    (96 votes)
  • 5%
    Absolutely not
    (25 votes)
  • 18%
    hey man, it’s just see what happens, okay?
    (89 votes)
492 votes total Vote Now

Poll

What’s the least number of wins that would get this team into the playoffs?

This poll is closed

  • 4%
    95
    (20 votes)
  • 9%
    94
    (42 votes)
  • 20%
    93
    (91 votes)
  • 24%
    92
    (108 votes)
  • 13%
    91
    (60 votes)
  • 13%
    90
    (58 votes)
  • 3%
    More than 95
    (14 votes)
  • 3%
    Fewer than 90
    (15 votes)
  • 6%
    Kumquat
    (27 votes)
435 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who would you want to start a one-game Wild Card playoff game?

This poll is closed

  • 46%
    Marco Gonzales
    (210 votes)
  • 10%
    Yusei Kikuchi
    (47 votes)
  • 29%
    Chris Flexen
    (135 votes)
  • 2%
    Tyler Anderson
    (11 votes)
  • 8%
    Logan Gilbert
    (40 votes)
  • 1%
    Bullpen Day or combination of starters
    (7 votes)
  • 0%
    Other
    (1 vote)
451 votes total Vote Now

All right, that’s all for now. Have a great weekend and go Mariners! Don’t get swept in Houston, thanks!