Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 9/7/12
The baseball season is long. Spring training starts in winter and lasts two months.  The 162 game regular season spans from April to late September.  The Mariners survived the dog days of August and are now are in the “poor man’s” pennant race - the quest for .500 as the regular season is winding down in the next three weeks. The Mariners have equaled their win total from last season with 24 games to go. They’re only four games below .500 and are playing their best baseball of the season. They have been a tear since the All-Star break. They’ve had an 8-game winning streak and a 9-game home winning streak in recent weeks. For a young team that has seen its fair share of injuries and distractions, reaching .500 would be a big source of pride and could be a huge building block heading into next season. The last three weeks of the season will be interesting.  Players like Mike Carp, Franklin Gutierrez, Michael Saunders, and Shawn Kelley are coming off injuries and want to finish st...
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