The Biscuits return from Mobile owning the top spot in the North Division as the calendar turns to September.
Autumn approaches but Bradys Boys haven't finished with the summer yet, hoping to push the sun back up in the sky for a couple more weeks of baseball. After last years early exit from the playoffs, the squad feels it has unfinished business.
MAGIC NUMBERS GAME
Super-utility man Pat Blair knows the Biscuits Magic Number!
GRAPE JELLY SERIES TO CLOSE SEASON
That said, the Cubs affiliate has fallen off from where it was just a few seasons ago. This Smokies team has played better of late, winning eight of their last ten contests, but even with the hot streak are still six games under .500 in the second half.
The Smokies prospect ratio is a very low 51, top prospect Ian Happ accounts for more than half of the total. Chesney Young has played his way onto prospect lists, particularly over the last month, but has cooled in the last week. Brad Marky hit the disabled list recently, sapping the team of another noted prospect.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Look at the league scoreboard for the Jackson v Chattanooga score! Any combination of five Jackson losses or Biscuit wins and Montgomery clinches the second half title.
The Smokies will be playing for pride and not glory, but it could still be a tough series for the Biscuits, who have a flair for making things dramatic late. With so much riding on the final five games, look for the Biscuits to be all business.
|Gotta goes all out|
|Goetzman steals second base|
Look for a good seat on Saturday, tickets should be available due to the local fascination with amateur football.
|Smokies rhp Tseng|
Look for the Biscuits to go for extra bases. Montgomery is tops in doubles, second in Hrs and has relied on scoring via doubles and homers late in games.
Justin O'Conner will be looking to get going after missing most of the season with a bad back. He has struggled in his first week but could heat up at any moment.
Smokies leadoff hitter Chesney Young is looking for hits, he trails Zach Granite by .003 for the batting title. Smokies catcher Victor Caratini is third.
Look for Miss Gravy, making what could be her last appearances at the ballpark, on Friday and Saturday. You can cross-check the scouting report for yourself!
Be sure to look for the sunscreen before getting to the park on Monday, a noontime start means a last chance for a sunburn. Also, if it doesn't have playoff implications, we could see the game played quickly, how about an hour and twenty minutes?
Last Thursty Thirsday of the regular season!
Chris Kirsch v Hedges
Fan Appreciation Night
Last Mega Fireworks of the season!
Hunter Wood v Tseng
Chase Whitley v Skulina
Kids Day Catch and Run Bases
Taylor Guerrieri v Wagner
Nooner, last game of the regular season!
TBA v TBA
There is no telling what the MLB September roster expansion will do to the Biscuits roster.
Kean Wong was removed for a pinch runner early in Wednesdays game, no word yet on if the move was due to injury or just precautionary.
Chih-Wei Hu and Brent Honeywell have made their last starts of the season, though they might be available out of the bullpen in the final series. If neither pitcher appears vs TN, it would stand to reason that they would be available for the first two games of the playoffs, should Montgomery make the postseason.
Not so happy about it is catcher Jake DePew. After struggling to meet the Mendoza line most of the summer in a backup role, Jake has pulled his season average over the mark, by hitting .237 in full time play this month.