This brings the Magic Number to 12, any combination of 12 Biscuit wins/Bham Barons losses would send the Biscuits to the playoffs. Of course, there are 13 games left, which makes it a very close race.
CLOSER RACE IN SOUTH
Not as close as the South Division, where the MsBraves have a slim 1.5 game lead over BOTH Mobile and Pensacola, which makes it tough to even guess who will take the second half title and move into the playoffs in either division. Anyone else hoping for a three-way tie in the South Division?
NORTH DIV STILL CLOSE
The Biscuits have the advantage in the North Division, holding a slim lead is better than trailing, but the crucial final series is against second place Birmingham.
The Barons are nipping at the Biscuits heels and refuse to quit. While the 3rd place Smokies aren't eliminated mathematically they would have a very tough time sneaking past two teams, so its pretty much a two horse race between longtime rivals Montgomery and Birmingham in the final games of the year.
The playoffs will open on Thursday September 10th and again on Friday September 11th at Chattanooga and Biloxi, the teams that won the first half of the season.
Should the Biscuits make the playoffs they would face the Lookouts on those days, then host Saturday September 12th. We would also have a chance of hosting games on Sunday September 13 (if necessary) and Monday September 14th (if necessary). The winner of the series would then go on to face the winner of the South Division Series.
The League Championship Series would begin on Wednesday, September 16th and run daily through Sunday Sept 20.
I asked Biscuits hitting coach Ozzie Timmons what he thought about the Biscuits playoff atmosphere. "Its electric, exciting" he replied. "You can feel it" he added, nodding towards the enthusiastic fans in the stands.
Obviously everyone is getting into the teams success, even the Tampa Rays must take notice of the first place showing. Its been a total team effort, no one player is carrying the club for extended periods and the pitching is deeper now than perhaps it ever has been.
After such a long absence from the postseason, fans are hungry for autumn Biscuits.