Usually, the MLB season is spoken about as a grind, like a marathon. But the 2020 season is going to be a strange one for the Mariners and every team. This season will be a full out 60-game sprint to the finish line for a championship opportunity. So it’s with that in mind that we present the three key series for the Seattle Mariners in 2020.
Key Series #1: Opening Series against Astros
The Seattle Mariners are facing a postseason drought that stretches since 2001. And while it’s easy to believe that a team would be given an advantage by playing fewer games, it also makes it harder for a team like the Mariners. Playing only 60-games means that there is less opportunity for the better teams like the Astros to separate themselves. (Benefit.) However, that also means that a slow start will not give a team a chance to catch up. The Mariners will need a strong showing in this opening four-game set.
Key Series #2: 7 of 10 on Road against Angels
As we’ve covered in this series, playing more games at home against a particular opponent gives that team an advantage. But in the case of the Mariners and the Angels, the Halos gain the advantage. Seattle will play seven of their ten games against Mike Trout and the Angels on the road. And while fans will likely not be in attendance all season, playing on the road is challenging.
Key Series #3: 6 Games against Padres
Interleague play has become a staple of Major League Baseball. And this season with interleague being done a little differently with the Universal DH, there’s even less separation for teams like the Padres and Rangers. What will make this series entertaining to watch is how both teams are fairing by the time they encounter one another in late August and mid-September. The Rangers will have some stiff competition in the AL West, but the Friars could represent a slight reprieve or a nail in the coffin.