Growlers Playoff Preview
KALAMAZOO, MI – With the Growlers less than two weeks away from playoff baseball for the first time since 2019, we have your complete guide to every playoff scenario and an inside look at the Growlers roster that will chase our first Northwoods League championship.
The Growlers claimed the franchise’s first-ever division title when they clinched the first half title with a 22-14 record. The Growlers stare down two possible playoff opponents come the third week of August.
Traverse City Pit Spitters
The Pit Spitters and Kalamazoo have met nine times this season with the Growlers holding a 3-6 record against Trav City so far this season with three games left between the two foes in the mitten. The Pit Spitters finished in 2nd place in the first half standing and are currently leading the second half race by 3.5 games with a 19-6 record since July 6th. The Pit Spitters have won the Northwoods League title in every season they’ve participated in since 2019 and are the most likely playoff foe for the Growlers to face.
The Rivets have been a surprise contender in the second half of the season after finishing 17-19 in the first half of the season and second from the bottom of the division. Rockford an 8-2 in their last 10 games and are on a seven-game winning streak at the time of writing. The Rivets won the season series against the Growlers, with KZoo going 4-8 against the Northern Illinois ball club this season.
The Growlers have ground to make up in the overall standings if they want a chance at home-field advantage during the opening round of the postseason.
The Growlers’ first-round series will be a best of three against Traverse City or Rockford with the first game being held at the home of the lesser seed and the subsequent final two games of the series being played at the home of the team with the best record.
The Growlers have 10 games left in the regular season and hope to ramp things up heading into our first playoff appearance since 2019. You can join the priority list for playoff tickets at the link below and join us for what is sure to be a magical postseason!
The Kalamazoo Growlers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 27th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, over 250 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and MLB Gold Glove finalist and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TOR). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.growlersbaseball.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Growlers as your favorite team.