The MLB playoffs will have a different look this year. A total of 12 teams will be featured in the postseason (six teams from the American and National League).
It will be an exciting finish toward the end of the season as teams will try to secure a spot to compete for a World Series title.
The Seattle Mariners are a team that could earn a spot in the playoffs as a four, five, or six seed.
J.P. Crawford will be a player the Mariners will lean on as the team has sights to make the postseason. Over the past few seasons, Crawford has developed into a leader and one of the top players for the Mariners.
When the word competitor is mentioned, it’s hard not to put Crawford in that category.
He is a player that wants to win and will do whatever it takes to put his team in the best position to win games. One thing he does not like is missing games for whatever reason.
Right before the All-Star break, he missed a couple games due to discomfort in his right index finger. It got to the point where he was struggling to grip the ball and that affected his throwing.
“It’s just bad no matter where I’m at,” Crawford said in an article from The Seattle Times. “I don’t like it. I get too locked in.”
“I tried and I was barely getting the ball over there (to first base),” he said.
Crawford only missed two games, but he wanted to be out there playing with his team. He has that leadership mindset and wants to do whatever it takes to get on the field.
But, injuries are a part of the game and the Mariners want him at 100 percent.
And even if he’s not playing, Crawford is going to support his team from the dugout. Coming back from the All-Star break, the 27-year-old has appeared in every game for the Mariners.
He had a strong offensive performance on Wednesday going 2-for-4 against the New York Yankees. The Mariners took two of three against the Yankees which is a positive sign.
And the Mariners would want to see Crawford have more performances like the one on Wednesday throughout the remainder of the season.
Through 95 games this season, he is hitting .262 with five home runs and 27 RBI. And let’s not forget how stellar of a job our MLBbro does at shortstop.
There’s a reason why he won a Gold Glove in 2020. Crawford has yet to appear in a postseason game, so these next two months of the season will be very important to him and the Mariners organization. There’s a strong chance that Crawford will play in as many games as he can, unless he’s dealing with an injury. You better believe that when his number is called, Crawford is going to step up and show why he’s the real deal.