It’s official — the Seattle Mariners are entering the postseason after the longest playoff drought in MLB history.
SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners have officially secured their first postseason playoff berth in more than two decades.
The Mariners defeated the Oakland Athletics 2-1 in the first of three home games on Friday night to bring the team’s magic number down to zero and guarantee the M’s a spot in the wild card series.
Ticket sales for the 2022 postseason games went on sale Friday morning, including tickets for home American League (AL) Wild Card, American League Division Series (ALDS) and American League Championship Series (ALCS) games.
Tickets to the ALDS and some of the Wild Card and ALCS games sold out in minutes, the Mariners said.
If the regular season ended on Friday, the Mariners would be ranked No. 5 in the AL and would face No. 4 Toronto. In Major League Baseball’s new playoff category, the Mariners would face the Blue Jays in a best-of-three wildcard series, with all three games being played in Toronto.
However, the Mariners have six games left in the regular season and their seeding could change.
If the Mariners usurped Toronto for the No. 4, they would host the best-of-three wildcard series at T-Mobile Park against the No. 5.
If Seattle dropped to 6th place, it would face the winner of the AL division with the worst record, the Cleveland Guardians. This three-game series would also be played on the go.
The Mariners last made the playoffs in 2001, when they set an MLB record with 116 regular-season wins, only to fall in the ALCS to the New York Yankees.
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