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The Seattle Mariners making the postseason this 12 months isn’t a foregone conclusion. However with 25 video games remaining within the season, Seattle seems well-positioned to expertise playoff baseball for the primary time since 2001. With this in thoughts, I believed it’d be enjoyable to contemplate who on the Mariners has postseason expertise.

In the event you consider this dialog will by some means jinx the postseason aspirations of the Mariners, I don’t know what to let you know aside from recover from it. Speaking about baseball is enjoyable. Chill out and benefit from the trip! Supervisor Scott Servais, his workers, and most significantly, his gamers management their very own future. Not this nerd or anybody else within the blogosphere.

Contemplating the Mariners simply got here out of a rebuild, it might not shock you the crew doesn’t have many gamers with postseason time. Let’s stroll by means of the roster starting with place gamers.

Place gamers

The veteran simply talked about is Carlos Santana. The 36-year-old’s first style of the postseason was throughout Cleveland’s Wild Card sport loss to the Rays in 2013. Three years later, he was a member of an Indians membership that fell to the Cubs within the World Sequence. Santana additionally performed within the 2017 ALDS and 2020 Wild Card sport with Cleveland. All instructed, Santana slashed .193/.302/.361 with 4 house runs in 96 plate appearances.

Jake Lamb is the second most skilled Mariner in the case of October baseball. Lamb performed 4 video games in 2017 with Arizona and the identical variety of contests with Oakland in 2020. The Seattle, Washington native had seven hits in 20 plate appearances with each golf equipment.

There’s a noticeable Cincinnati connection amongst playoff-experienced Mariners. Eugenio Suárez, Jesse Winker, and Curt Casali have been teammates on a 2020 Reds unit swept 2-Zero by the Braves within the NL Wild Card collection. In 20 mixed plate appearances towards Atlanta, the trio had three hits, two walks, and struck out seven instances. It’s value noting Suárez had one plate look in Detroit’s ALDS loss in 2014. Equally, Casali got here to the plate as soon as when the Giants fell to the Dodgers final 12 months within the NLDS.

Our remaining place participant, Abraham Toro, was a part of the 2020 Astros postseason roster. That mentioned, Toro didn’t seem within the Wild Card collection or the ALDS. Nevertheless, the switch-hitter hailing from Longueuil, Canada did stroll in his lone plate look throughout Houston’s ACLS loss to the Rays.

Pitchers

As with the place gamers, there’s one solely pitcher with notable postseason expertise – reliever Diego Castillo. Initially from Cabrera, Dominican Republic, Castillo was an anchor in Tampa Bay’s bullpen throughout its 2019-20 postseason runs. He walked 9, struck out 20, and allowed two earned runs in 16.2 innings spanning 14 appearances. the 28-year-old additionally has World Sequence expertise on his résumé.

The opposite Castillo with playoff innings additionally has a Cincinnati connection, Luis Castillo. The native of Bani, Dominican Republic native began one sport towards Atlanta permitting one run in 5.1 innings, whereas putting out seven and strolling one. Regardless of this sturdy contribution, Castillo can be tagged with the loss. It’s value noting the Reds have been blanked in each of its losses to the Braves.

Robbie Ray has three postseason appearances – two with the Diamondbacks in 2017 and one with the Blue Jays in 2020. Ray allowed seven hits, walked 5,  and surrendered six earned runs in 9.2 innings of labor. That mentioned, we shouldn’t neglect the Tennessean would have a breakout season and win the AL Cy Younger Award a 12 months after Toronto’s postseason defeat.

It’s been some time, however Marco Gonzales has demonstrated his postseason mettle. As a rookie, Gonzales appeared as a reliever in three video games for the Cardinals through the 2014 NLDS towards the Dodgers and three extra contests within the NLCS versus the Giants. The Gonzaga product pitched extraordinarily effectively in his first 5 appearances. Sadly, San Francisco roughed him up for 3 runs in 0.2 innings throughout Recreation 4 of the NLCS. General, Marco demonstrated a bulldog mentality as a freshman hurler with St. Louis.

Employees

The teaching workers doesn’t have a lot postseason expertise both. Servais hasn’t coached in a playoff sport. However he did play in Recreation Two of the 1998 NLDS with the Cubs. The La Crosse, Wisconsin native had two hits in three plate appearances through the North Siders’ 10-inning loss to Atlanta.

Infield guru Perry Hill was on Miami’s workers when the Marlins gained the 2003 World Sequence. Third base coach Manny Acta stuffed the identical position with the Mets when the crew dropped the 2006 NLCS in heartbreaking method to the Cardinals. Effectively, it was heartbreaking for Mets followers – belief me.

President of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto hasn’t appeared within the postseason as a participant. However Dipoto was a scout for the Pink Sox in 2003-04 when the Sawx broke its notorious World Sequence curse. The Virginia Commonwealth College alum was additionally working within the Diamondbacks group when it was swept by the Rockies within the 2007 NLCS. In a while, Dipoto was the GM of the Angels after they have been swept 3-Zero within the 2014 ALDS.

What does all of it imply?

Does the comparatively low quantity of postseason expertise on the Mariners actually matter? Personally, I’ve doubts. Certain, it’d be good to have extra gamers who had “been there completed that.” Then once more, the 2014 Royals demonstrated expertise isn’t every part by reaching the World Sequence with a comparatively small portion of the roster possessing earlier playoff time.

Amongst common place gamers, solely veteran second baseman Omar Infante had appeared within the postseason. That mentioned, a number of position gamers had been to the playoffs earlier than. Amongst them, three-time former Mariner Raúl Ibañez and Jayson Nix. A pair of contributors on the Royals’ pitching workers had beforehand toed the mound in postseason video games. Starter James Shields was a part of the Rays’ 2008 World Sequence run after which once more with Tampa Bay in 2010-11 NLDS. Backend reliever Wade Davis was Shields’ teammate in 2010.

Dome and Bedlam

For a neighborhood instance of a profitable membership with restricted postseason expertise, look no additional than the 1995 Mariners. You already know, the lifeless horse that continues to be repeatedly crushed over the airwaves. Only a few key contributors had beforehand performed significant video games in October. They have been infielder Joey Cora, outfielder Vince Coleman, starter Tim Belcher, and reliever Norm Charlton.

Cora and Charlton have been central to Seattle’s magical win over the Yankees within the ALDS. However a bunch of unproven entities propelled the crew previous a New York membership teeming with employed weapons boasting postseason expertise. By beating the Evil Empire from the Bronx, future Corridor of Famers Randy Johnson, Ken Griffey Jr., and Edgar Martinez, plus Jay Buhner eternally cemented their legacy within the hearts and minds of Mariners followers.

Ultimately

Assuming the Mariners clinch a Wild Card berth subsequent month, how the crew performs within the postseason in all probability has little to do with earlier October expertise. What’s going to actually matter is whether or not Servais’ gamers proceed to carry out effectively. For the reason that postseason may be chaotic, they need to really feel proper at house.

In spite of everything, Chaos Ball has been the Mariners’ calling card this season.

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Luke Arkins

Luke is a local New Yorker, who grew up as a Mets fan. After the US Navy moved him to the Pacific Northwest in 2009, he determined to make Seattle his house.

In 2014, Luke joined the Prospect Insider crew. Throughout baseball season, he can usually be discovered observing the native crew at T-Cell Park.

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