Seattle Mariners: Are The Playoffs On The Horizon?

Sodo MojoContributor IJuly 15, 2009

The Seattle Mariners have now gone above and beyond even the heaviest of expectations. Their record of 46-42 speaks for itself, but when it comes the post-season, one question remains. Will the Seattle Mariners be there?

Seattle would be a great city for a World Series. From the closed stadium to the peaceful breeze across the playing field, it would be beautiful.

The M's happen to have the type of team that would provide opposing playoff teams with anguish when game time begins. Among the best pitching in the majors is the Mariner's 1-2-3 punch of Felix Hernandez, Jarrod Washburn and Erik Bedard.

Their nearly elite defense would only be complimented from the sentimental state of it possibly being Ken Griffey Jr.'s last season playing baseball.

Here's the team that manager Don Wakamatsu would likely carry into the post-season.

C. Rob Johnson

1B. Russell Branyan

2B. Jose Lopez

3B. Adrian Beltre (If he can't get back in time, then Jack Hanahan)

RF. Ichiro Suzuki

CF. Franklin Gutierrez

LF. Ryan Langerhans

DH. Ken Griffey Jr.

SP. Felix Hernandez

SP. Jarrod Washburn

SP. Erik Bedard

SP. Garret Olson

SP. Jason Vargas