With the end of the regular season looming, Utah’s three professional baseball teams are seeking to extend their schedules into postseason play. The Salt Lake Bees have the best chance to qualify for the playoffs, leading the division by five games over of the Tacoma Rainiers, with just nine games left to play in the regular season. The Bees’ magic number to clinch the division is five games; any combination of Bees wins and Rainiers losses that adds up to five. With that in mind, the Bees’ postseason hopes could be decided on their last road trip of 2013, where they face the Rainiers in Tacoma, August 26-29, before returning home to play the last four games of the regular season.
The Orem Owlz are in a down-to-the-wire battle for their playoff slot, with the current difference between the first-place Owlz and second-place Idaho Chukars being just two games. The Owlz’ magic number to clinch a playoff spot is 14 games with 15 games left in the regular season. Two critical series coming up are August 28-31 when the Owlz travel play the Ogden Raptors in Ogden, and September 1-4 when the Owlz host the Chukars.
The third-place Raptors trail the Owlz by six games and the Chukars for four games. The Raptors’ magic number for elimination from playoff contention is 10 games. On the upside, they face the two divisional leaders six times in their remaining 15 games. The Raptors host the Owlz in the aforementioned series for four games and then the Chukars on September 5-6.