The Montgomery Biscuits had a so-so first half of the season in which they ended third in the Southern League North with a 34-34 record.
But since the last weeks the Biscuits are surging. Their current record is 32-20 with sixteen games to go. Their main competitor are the Birmingham Barons, who are in second placce, trailing the first place Biscuits by three games.
If the Biscuits want to reach the play offs, they have to win the second half. The first half winners, the Chattanooga Lookouts are 8.5 games back in fourth place, so it is not very likely that they will win the second half as well. If they would, the second best overall record would suffice. If they will win the second half, they will have the home advantage in the semi finals. And that is good since the team has a much better home record (19-6) compared to their road record (13-14).
They won nine out of their last games
In the past years the winner of the second half went to the championship series most of the time. And talking about championship, the BIscuits won back to back Southern League Championships in 2006 and 2007 vs the Huntsville Stars (current Biloxi Shuckers), so it is about time for another championship. 😉
Players to watch:
Cameron Seitzer: Average wise the best hitter on the team right now. In the overall batting stats the University of Oklahoma alumn is in sixth place with an
average of .311, behind Max Kepler from Germany who is in first place with .342.
Austin Pruitt: This University of Houston alumn has the lowest ERA of all starting pitchers on the Biscuits’ roster (2.87). In 23 starts, he clinched 9 victories and took 5 losses.
As a team, Montgomery is leading the Southern League in batting average with .265. When it comes to ERA, the team is in fifth place with a team ERA of 3.74.
The weakest link may be their catcher, Justin O’Conner. In 83 games he committed 15 errors, but on the other hand he has thrown out almost 50% (26 out of 54) of the potential base stealers.
Most valuable player to the team may be Leonardo Reginatto, a utility infielder who has committed 8 errors in 44 games on three different positions and who can handle the bat rather well regarding his average of .282.
Anyhow, there are still sixteen games to be played per team in the Southern League and that is exactly the Bicuits’ magic number. In sixteen games there is a lot that can happen, but recently the Birmingham Barons are on a downhill slide.
Secretly I am dreaming of another Southern League Championship.