The 4-2 loss, combined with the Twins’ win over the Tigers, knocked the club out of the race for the second wild card, extending the longest postseason drought in basball.
The Mariners’ obituary could’ve been written a few days ago when they were swept by the Rangers to start the season’s final homestand, which was part of a six-game losing streak. For all intents and purposes, the Mariners were done then.
But on a sun-drenched Sunday afternoon with the chill of fall air apparent, the Mariners were mathematically eliminated from postseason contention in a 4-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians, coupled with Minnesota’s 10-4 win over Detroit.
“We didn’t finish the season at home the way we hoped to,” M’s manager Scott Servais said. “At the end of the day, it’s disappointing with the expectation we had for ourselves and this ballclub when we left spring training.”
That it came at Safeco Field in the final home game of the season was somewhat fitting, if not disheartening for Mariners fans, who will go yet another year without postseason baseball. The longest playoff drought in baseball, which dates to 2001, will continue into 2018.
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“The finality of it all hurts,” Servais said. “There’s no question about that. I thought we did an unbelievable job this year to hang in there. As the water was coming into the boat, we kept throwing it out to try and keep afloat. We just kept battling and fighting.
“It says a lot about our guys to keep it up as long as we did. We struggled through some injuries and pitching injuries. I think you battle so long like that, you get to a point where you just run out of gas and can only go so far. That’s what it felt like.”
The Mariners fell to 75-81, meaning they won’t finish over .500 this season. Having lost eight of their last nine games and 10 of their last 14, they are limping toward the finish. Seattle ends the season with a seven-day, six-game road trip, starting with a three-game series with the Oakland A’s, who are in last place in the American League West at 72-83.
But Oakland has won seven straight games and could overtake the Mariners, who will try to avoid finishing in the cellar.
“This season has been extremely frustrating in that sense,” third baseman Kyle Seager said. “I came in here looking at what we had and being really, really excited. Obviously, it didn’t go the…