Mariners clinch playoff spot for first time since 2001

Ap Source: Seattle Mariners To Host 2023 Mlb All Star Game
FILE – In this April 1, 2021, file photo, Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Marco Gonzales throws to a San Francisco Giants batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Seattle. A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, that the Mariners will host baseball’s 2023 All-Star Game at T-Mobile Park. The team announced a news conference for Thursday at Seattle’s Space Needle with baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred. The purpose of the news conference is to announce that Seattle will be the site of the 2023 All-Star Game, the source said.(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

SEATTLE — Ladies and gentlemen, the drought is over.

The Seattle Mariners will be playing postseason baseball for the first time in almost 20 years. They beat the Oakland Athletics 2-1 Friday night thanks to a walk-off home run from catcher Cal Raleigh.

As a wildcard team, the Mariners will play a three-game series against one division winner or one of the other two wildcard teams, the Toronto Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Rays. The only chance the Mariners would host a playoff series is if they get the top wildcard spot in the AL.

If the season were to end today, the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees would be the two teams with an automatic bid to the next round of the playoffs. The Rays would travel to Cleveland to face the Cleveland Guardians and the Mariners would travel to Canada to play the Blue Jays.

The Mariners have six games left before they start their playoff run.