Going into 2012, many baseball followers wrote the Mariners off as a developing team that had the potential to win big, but not until 2014 or 2015. The M's have lived up to that expectation in some ways, but they've also shown that they're not an easy win like they have been in previous years.
Before tonight's rain-delayed game with the Boston Red Sox, the Mariners were sporting a 16-20 record, good for third place in the AL West (with the LA Angels in fourth...there's a legitimate surprise).
The M's definitely haven't fared as well against the best teams in the league, but they're closer to the middle of the league this year than the bottom in terms of what they can do.
However, their current record doesn't exactly set them up for a Wild Card spot right now, even with the additional berth in each league. So what do they need to do?
Here are 10 keys to getting back in the hunt before it's too late.