The Biloxi Shuckers are the Southern League South Division, First Half victors! Radio play-by-play guy Chris Harris got it right yesterday:
This 1st half should just go to Cooperstown. 54 games on the road and the club can clinch with 6 games left…It’s insane.
An incredible 15 games over .500. That would be an achievement even if the team had a benefit of a home stadium to return to occasionally the entire first half. To do it playing so many games on the road, makes this one for the ages. Manager Carlos Subero should reward these guys, and give the entire team the next six games off, and just play the grounds crew and office staff. Well, OK, I know, but some liberal resting is in order.
So will tickets for the first playoff games at MGM Park on September 10 and 11 go on sale this week?
With a playoff spot sewn up, attention now naturally turns to who our opponent will be. If (When!) we win the second half of the season too, then our first round opponent will be the South Division team apart from us that has the best overall record, including first and second halves. Although it seemed at times Mobile pitching gave us more problems, as it turns out the M-Braves have a better team ERA, but the way we were able to handle them this series, I wouldn’t mind returning to Pearl in the post season.
And of course you’re not supposed to look ahead, beyond the first round of the playoffs, but that’s exactly what I’m gonna do. If it turns out to be Chattanooga, it looks like at least we won’t have to worry about their best-ranked-in-baseball prospect Byron Buxton. He was called up Saturday by the Twins, and all he did was be the hero in today’s game.
At this point however, I think we could give a run to whoever we face. Isn’t that great to say?