A Must Win
You hear the term “must win” thrown around a lot, but for once, I think Wednesday’s game actually qualifies. Barring a complete collapse, I don’t think we can assume that New York will do any worse than 12-10 or 13-9 in their final 22 games, meaning a win tomorrow puts them in the 90-91 win range. The Mariners would then have to go 16-8 or 17-7 to finish out the year just to tie NY, and it would require an 18-6 closing run to win the wild card outright. And this ignores Detroit, who isn’t out of this thing yet either. That’s not mathematically eliminated, but it would take a miracle.
Win tomorrow, and you give yourself a little margin for error. Lose tomorrow, and the Mariners would have to play their best baseball of the season for three straight weeks while simultaneously hoping the Yankees play mediocre baseball.
The M’s need this one. If they don’t get it, we can pretty safely have a funeral for the 2007 season on Thursday.