Mariners clinch playoff spot for first time since 2001
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.
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