Sunday, 28 August 2011

Going to the Playoffs

Last night we clinched our spot in the Appalachian League playoffs this season. There are still 3 games to go in the regular season but all the playoff spots have already been filled by the Danville Braves and Bluefield Blue Jays in the East Division and the Johnson City Cardinals and us are the teams that made it from the West Division.

This is how the playoff procedure's work in the Appalachian League:

In the first round of the playoffs, each division leader will face the second place finisher of the opposite division in a best-of-three series. The series will start the day following the conclusion of the regular season at the home of the second place finisher and will conclude with game two and game three, if necessary, at the home of the division winner. The winner of the series will earn the right to play in the Appalachian League Championship Series.
Following the completion of the first round, the two winning teams will square off in a best-of-three playoff that will begin at the home of the easternmost club in even numbered years and the home of the westernmost club in odd numbered years. The Championship Series will conclude with game two and game three, if necessary, at the opponent's park.

Right now Danville and Bluefield have the same record but Danville are in 2nd place, so that means we would have to play Bluefield in the first playoff series and Johnson City would have to play Danville. We have played both these teams in recent weeks and have done quite well against them, so if we play the way we are capable off, we should be able to perform well enough to advance to the Championship Series no matter who we play in the first round of the playoffs.

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