Thursday, September 3, 2015

Barons v Biscuits, What to Look For

Bham visits the Biscuits for the regular season finale, a five game rivalry set that matters little to either team except for civic pride. What was supposed to be the big rivalry series for the title has been rendered just "playing out the string".

For the Biscuits its a tune up ahead of the postseason, for the Barons its a challenge to stay out of third place and ahead of the TnSmokies.


Manager Brady Williams
Look for the Biscuits skipper to use different lineups nearly every day. Players could see time at new positions as Brady Williams checks out their versatility ahead of the postseason.

Look for newcomer Marty Gantt to get into game action, his first at Riverwalk. The young outfielder has big shoes to fill in left field but has excellent defensive skills and will get a good look at Southern League pitchers in this series.

Look for the Barons to seek some revenge for being dropped from first place. Even though there is no title on the line, the Slagtown Nine will surely want to show that it can beat Montgomery.

Tim Anderson
Look for The Running Game on both sides, the Biscuits and Barons are among the top teams in stolen bases. Also in being caught stealing, so we should see plenty of action on the basepaths.

Be sure to look for Tim Anderson trying to stretch his league lead in stolen bases. Anderson has 49 steals on the year and surely will try for an even 50 or more.

Teammate Jacob May is third in the league with 36 swipes.

Justin O'Conner
Also look for Montgomery catchers DePew and O'Conner to shut down the Barons running game much as they did in the two teams last meeting.

Look for Biscuit baserunners, only the Generals pitchers allow more hits than Barons moundsmen.

Shortstop Daniel Robertson could be in for a big series, look for him to regain his stride after losing a big chunk of the summer to injury.

Look for Birmingham fans in attendance, this will be the final series for the Barons and Steel City faithful will enjoy making the short trip to see their team one final time this year.

As the evenings turn cooler, look for pitching to be strong on both sides, one big hit could turn the tide in a contest.

Look for a VERY quick game on Monday. The noon finale could be played in under two hours, often players are ready to head home, though the Biscuits will be getting their work in as they prepare to face Chattanooga in the SLDS.
The Biscuits will be looking for a couple new players, look for Montgomery to add two new Skitz, if not during this series then before the postseason starts. No team will enter the playoffs two men short!

Biscuits will sell playoff tickets starting Thursday, it can be a tough sell in that the Skitz have Saturday playoff games at home.

While many are thinking September is college football time, it should be noted that Auburn and Alabama play games every year in September - its a rare treat to be offered Autumn Biscuits. A treat not to be missed!

That said, everyone I talk with is excited about this Biscuits team. Staffers mention how this club has similarities to the 2006 and 2007 teams. Fans who have faithfully cheered many lean years are getting to the park early to bask in the successful atmosphere. Casual fans are interested in seeing playoff baseball, many locals have arrived here in the eight years since the back-to-back championships and are eager to cheer in the postseason.

Simply put, this is perhaps the best time to be a Biscuits fan. Maybe ever!

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