The Lookouts have officially clinched a playoff spot in the 2011 Southern League Playoffs. As such, the Lookouts are scheduled to play their first home playoff game at AT&T Field against the Tennessee Smokies (North Division first-half winners) on Saturday, September 10th. Tickets are currently on sale. The best-of-five series against the Smokies is scheduled to begin on Thursday, September 8th at Smokies Park.
While the Lookouts have now clinched a wildcard spot, the Lookouts and Smokies are currently tied for first in the second-half standings in the North Division of the Southern League. Based on two possible outcomes in the standings, there are two potential first-round playoff schedules between the Smokies and Lookouts.
Scenario #1: The Lookouts win the second half. The second-half winner (the Lookouts) play the first-half winner (the Smokies).
Game #1 (September 8th): @ Smokies Park Game #2 (September 9th): @ Smokies Park Game #3 (September 10th): @ AT&T Field Game #4 (if necessary, September 11th): @ AT&T Field Game #5 (if necessary, September 12th): @ AT&T Field
Scenario #2: The Smokies, who won the first half in the North Division, also win the second half of the North Division. In which case, their opponent is determined by the second best overall record (combined first and second half records). The Lookouts have clinched the second best overall record in the North Division.
Game #1 (September 8th): @ Smokies Park Game #2 (September 9th): @ Smokies Park Game #3 (September 10th): @ AT&T Field Game #4 (if necessary, September 11th): @ Smokies Park Game #5 (if necessary, September 12th): @ Smokies Park
The Birmingham Barons and Mobile BayBears will face each other in the Southern League South Division Playoffs. The winners of each Divisional Series will play each other in the Southern League Championship Series, which will also have a best-of-five format.
The Lookouts last appearance in the Southern League Playoffs was in 2006, where they were eliminated in the first round by the Huntsville Stars. Chattanooga last won a Southern League Championship in 1988.
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