Hey there! So, it's been a little over three months since we last spoke to April Hayashi and Lydia Sanchez, our own in-house baseball experts/die-hard Seattle Mariners fans. Since then, Major League Baseball has actually managed to complete a full - albeit truncated - season with expanded playoffs and all, so I thought we'd bring April and Lydia back to share their thoughts on their predictions, the Mariners, and more.
Brian: Welcome, ladies.
Brian: Okay, let's get right down to it. April, back in July you predicted that the Dodgers would win the World Series.
Lydia: And you were right!
April: Well, they were the logical choice. I mean, that lineup is stacked.
Lydia: They almost didn't even make it out of the NLCS, though.
Lydia: So, I say you're psychic.
April: Heh. Sure.
Brian: All right, next one. You said that the Mariners would finish 23-37 and in last place. They ended up in third place, at 27-33, and were actually in contention for a playoff spot up until close to the end.
April: Yeah, they exceeded my expectations, which was nice.
Lydia: Except for that kinda-sorta contention deal. Teasing us, once again.
April: Which is pretty Mariners, when you think about it.
Lydia: No kidding.
Brian: And Lydia, you said that they would finish fourth, ahead of the Astros, who would be [*checks notes*] 8-52. The Astros actually came in second, at 29-31, and almost -
Lydia: Yeah, yeah, I was being facetious. Remember, I also said that the season would be cancelled altogether.
April: Thank goodness it wasn't. Even some baseball was better than no baseball.
Lydia: What, the KBO wasn't good enough for ya?
April: Only you get up that early.
Brian: Anyway, moving on. Despite not making the playoffs, the M's did have some bright spots, especially with the young players.
April: Oh, for sure.
Lydia: Kyle Lewis for Rookie of the Year, woo!
April: And even though guys like Crawford and Evan White had struggles at the plate, their defense was pretty terrific.
Lydia: And Sheffield looked like he could be solid.
Brian: Okay, so let's turn our thoughts to next year. First question: do you like the expanded playoff format?
April: Sure. Keeps more fanbases engaged for longer.
Lydia: Nah. When the M's finally make it back in, I want them to have really earned it. I don't like teams getting into the playoffs with a losing record *cough*Astros*cough*
April: What if the M's win the division?
Lydia: Then that's fine.
Lydia: Then that's fine.
Brian: Next question: do you like starting off extra innings with a runner on second?
Lydia: Absolutely not.
Brian: Fair enough. Okay, last question: with the pandemic still going on, do you think the 2021 season will start on time and play a full 162-game schedule?
Lydia: Do we really have to answer this?
April: I keep telling you, Lyd, we do not have jinx powers.
Lydia: I dunno...
April: I'll say yes.
Lydia: Always so optimistic.
April: Hey, you gotta have hope.