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Larry Stone gives his take on a wide array of baseball issues and weighs in about the Mariners, too.

April 24, 2009 at 9:48 AM

If the season ended today…

…The Mariners would be preparing for their first-round playoff matchup against the wild-card team, either Boston or the Yankees, who would be meeting in a one-game playoff (paging Bucky Dent. Paging Bucky Dent).

The other division series would feature the No. 1-seeded Blue Jays against the winner of a three-way playoff for the Central Division title among the White Sox, Tigers and Royals. (The Jays couldn’t play the wild-card team because they’re from the same division).

In the National League, the team with the best record, Florida, would face the wild-card team — either the Padres, Reds or Pirates, depending on the outcome of that three-way playoff. And the Cardinals would meet the Dodgers in the other first-round matchup.

What’s that? Still 5 1/2 months to go? I know, I know.

But I’m starting to believe.

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