Seattle Mariners Achieve This Feat For First Time Since 2003 منبع:

— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) August 27, 2023

The season started off a little slowly. The Mariners were already 4 games under .500 by the end of April, and 5 games back of first place in the West. They middled around the .500 for a couple of months, never threatening the Rangers, or even the Astros, in the division.

this is the latest into a season by games the Mariners have been alone in 1st place since 2003 (Aug 24, also thru 130 games)

The oddsmakers have taken notice, but are still placing them behind their rivals for World Series odds. The Mariners have shot up to a designation of +1100, which are the 7th shortest of any team. But two of the ones ahead of them are indeed the Rangers and Astros, who come in with lines of +800 and +850.

— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) August 27, 2023

But the hope and promise was there, especially with AL Rookie of the Year Julio Rodriguez bursting onto the scene. They were the favorites to win the AL West coming into the year, and had a +2000 designation for their World Series listing, the 9th-shortest of any MLB team.

And then August hit. Since the calendar turned over from July, the Mariners have gone on two separate 8-game winning streaks. They are 19-5 this month, easily the best mark in the majors, and have made major moves in the division.

The Seattle Mariners entered the season with middling expectations. They were able to snap a historic playoff drought in 2022, qualifying for the postseason for the first time since 2001 before getting swept in the opening round.

Seattle Mariners In First Place For First Time In 2023