The Mariners enter a day off Thursday at 14-18 and having lost 12 of their last 15 games. It doesn’t get much easier for Seattle over the team’s next 10 games, either, as the Mariners are heading to the East Coast to take on the National League East-leading New York Mets followed by trips to Toronto and Boston.

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So is it time to panic about the Mariners’ 2022 playoff aspirations?

ESPN MLB insider Jeff Passan, who has said throughout the season that he is bullish on the Mariners for both the short- and long-term, stopped by Seattle Sports 710 AM’s Mike Salk Show Thursday morning and said his belief in the M’s remains “steadfast” despite the team’s struggles.

Part of why Passan isn’t ready to really worry about the Mariners is that he thinks the path to making the playoffs in the American League is pretty wide open.

“Now there comes a point, Mike, at which all of the other teams in the American League make any sort of a recovery from this disappointment mood,” Passan said to Salk. “But let’s also remember the Mariners are four games away from being a .500 team. And if we look at the grand scheme of playoff-caliber teams right now, the Yankees are a playoff team. (Is there) anyone else in the American League you sit here and say they’re a playoff team unequivocally?”

Passan said in the AL East he thinks the Yankees, Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays will all be in the mix come the end of the season.

In the Central Division, the Minnesota Twins are off to a good start and the Chicago White Sox are scuffling due to injuries. Passan thinks Chicago will take control of that race when the team gets healthier.

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