How have the Mariners reached this level of success -- 44-24 record and atop the AL West standings? The Extra Innings podcast discusses the reasons for the unexpected success in 2018.

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The Seattle Mariners come into Thursday atop the American League West standings and sitting 20 games over .500 at 44-24, which is the third best record in the AL.

So how did they get here? Mariners beat writer Ryan Divish and venerable columnist Larry Stone analyze the reasons for the team’s surprising success this season and the run of victories since Robinson Cano was suspended for 80 games. They also break down the all-star chances of Jean Segura and Mitch Haniger and whether they deserve to be headed to D.C. as part of the American League all-star team in mid-July.

Also on the podcast is audio of Mariners manager Scott Servais talking to the media following Wednesday’s walk-off win. Servais is passionate about his team’s success and how fans need to jump on board for the ride ahead.

Besides SoundCloud, the Extra Innings podcast is also available on Stitcher and iTunes.