The Great Lakes Loons have clinched home-field advantage in the first round of the Midwest League playoffs, and now wait to learn whether they will face the Fort Wayne TinCaps or the West Michigan Whitecaps.
The TinCaps and the Whitecaps are tied in the standings, and begin a season-ending series versus each other Saturday. The winner of the three-game series, to be played at West Michigan’s Fifth Third Ballpark, will be the Eastern Division’s second-half wild-card team.
In the Western Division, the Cedar Rapids Kernels previously clinched home-field advantage for the first round of the playoffs, and will face the Kane County Cougars, the Beloit Snappers, or the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. With three days left in the regular season, the Cougars have a one-game lead over the Snappers, who are a half-game ahead of the Timber Rattlers. Beloit hosts Cedar Rapids in their season-ending series, while Kane County hosts Wisconsin. It is possible the Cougars and Snappers could end the season tied in the standings, in which case Beloit would be the wild-card team because they have the better head-to-head record.
The playoff teams from the first half are the Bowling Green Hot Rods, who have first-round home-field over the Lansing Lugnuts; and the Quad Cities River Bandits, who have first-round home-field advantage over the Peoria Chiefs.