While September means the stretch run in the regular season for the Major Leagues, it means the postseason has already begun for most of the minors. And once again, the Grand Prairie Airhogs are in the middle of it.
For the Airhogs, just getting in seems extra special because they did so ending the regular season almost exactly the opposite way as they did last year.
The Airhogs ultimately did not defend their championship well in 2012, seeing a six-game lead in the south Division fade away and miss out in the final weekend.
This year, Grand Prairie trailed by as many as three games in the month of August. But six straight wins to end the season allowed the Airhogs to rally and take the South Division.
It doesn't mean the postseason won't be an uphill climb for the Hogs, who's 54-46 record was eight games lower than the other two division winners in the American Association. Hence why they're opening against the 68-32 Wingnuts in a series where Wichita technically has the home-field advantage in a 2-3 format.
If Grand Prairie has anything, though, it's momentum.
The Airhogs have not publicly released who will start game one, but the most likely choice would be Josh Strawn starting against Wichita's Junior Guerra.