Of the 10 MLB playoff teams from last season, the Seattle Mariners are scheduled to play series against seven of them. Needless to say, the 2013 schedule won't be an easy one for Seattle, even though they play the Astros 19 times.
The first tough stretch of the schedule comes early on in the season. The Mariners' first homestand is capped off with four games against the Rangers and a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers, followed by a three-game set in Texas to play the Rangers again. If things go according to plan, King Felix should start two of the 10 games in that stretch. Luckily, seven of the matchups are at Safceo Field.
June 14-20 provides the next tough test for the Mariners, as they'll travel to California to play three games against the defending AL West champion Athletics, followed by a long four-game series with the rising Angels of Southern California. Returning home doesn't get much easier though. Oakland will be in Seattle for three games, capping off a run of 10 games in as many days.
The most challenging stretch of 2013 comes in early July just before the All-Star break. Seattle plays 13 straight games: three at Texas, three at Cincinnati, then at home for four against Boston and finally three versus the Angels.
The month of August looks particularly difficult. Seattle plays 25 games against teams who will all be in the playoff hunt, 13 of them on the road. The nine straight series come against the Red Sox, Orioles, Blue Jays, Brewers, Rays, Rangers, A's, Angels and Rangers again. This will be the make or break month for the Mariners and will help determine whether they'll be able to make a playoff push.
Seattle's final difficult stretch is from September 13 through 22, the final road trip of the season, a 10-gamer against the Cardinals, Tigers and Angels.
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