The Erie SeaWolves enter the final three weeks of the season looking to play consistent baseball before the playoffs get underway.
The ‘Wolves have the second-best overall record in the Eastern League at 66-53 with 18 games to go. Somerset leads the way with a 72-47 record and both the ‘Wolves and the Patriots secured playoff spots by winning the first-half title in their respective divisions.
It’s meaningless what the ‘Wolves do in the second half, but Erie is in first place at 29-22 with a one-game lead over Bowie and Richmond. If the SeaWolves win the second half, the second playoff spot in the Southwest Division goes to the team with the next-best record in the second half.
Essentially, the first half can be thrown out and the ‘Wolves disappear from the standings for the second-half playoff race. Harrisburg is five games back and Akron and Altoona are six games back, but with 18 games left in the regular season, it appears the race could come down to Bowie and Richmond.
The ‘Wolves are looking to heat up before the playoffs as they have dominated just one series since sweeping three games against Hartford in mid-July. Since that series, Erie has split six games at Binghamton, split six games with Akron, lost four-of-six against Harrisburg, won five-of-seven at Altoona, won four-of-six at Akron and split six games with Bowie.
What’s left in regular season?
The ‘Wolves welcome in Altoona for six games this week with every game through Saturday starting at 6:05 p.m. and Sunday at 1:35 p.m. Wednesday is the final Bark at the Park night, while Friday is the final scheduled night for fireworks and Saturday is a camo rally towel giveaway.
The SeaWolves travel to Somerset next week before their final homestand Sept. 12-17 against Richmond. The playoffs are set to begin Sept. 19 for Game 1 at the second-half winner before Game 2 is to be played at UPMC Park on Sept. 21. If the series goes a third game, it will be Sept. 22 at UPMC Park. Playoff tickets are on sale at the box office.