The Mariners are back in action after a Thursday off day and find themselves still holding the second American League Wild Card spot.

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Seattle is half a game up on Tampa Bay, which holds the third Wild Card spot, and the Mariners are 2.5 up on both Baltimore and Cleveland, who are the next teams up in the playoff race.

There are a number of reasons that MLB Network insider Jon Morosi is confident the Mariners will end their long playoff drought this season, as he explained Thursday afternoon to Wyman and Bob on Seattle Sports 710 AM.

“There are still some difficult games up ahead, but when you look at the matchups and who they’re playing … the schedule is there,” Morosi said. “It’s all in front of them, I would say. Everything is right in front of the Mariners to make the playoffs.”

But there’s more to the Mariners’ playoff hopes than what’s mathematically the easiest remaining schedule in baseball.

Morosi thinks the addition of new ace Luis Castillo is a really big deal for Seattle, especially after his outing on Wednesday in New York against the AL East-leading Yankees.

“The way that Castillo came out and pitched, that to me, there are some games that are sort of metaphorically worth more than the game itself. And that was one of them,” Morosi said. “When you beat the Yankees and your new ace is on the mound and he looks that good, that means a lot.”

The Mariners have the best record in the American League since June 20, Morosi noted, so Seattle has “done the hard work.” So what must they do to avoid falling short of a playoff appearance?

“You don’t ever want to coast, but I think mentally …read more

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