After a slow start to the year, the Lookouts won 19 of their final 27 games during the first half of the season to finish with a five-hundred record at 35-35. Said Reed,"You know what, it was rewarding to claw our way back, and look at what we were able to achieve in basically the last month. We ended up playing 12 games over .500."
As Chattanooga begins the second half of the season against Tennessee, everyone's record goes back to zero-and-zero. And Reed can live with that. "Ok, it's nice because everybody is starting even. But then again, I'm kind of a traditionalist by nature. It wouldn't have been a problem if we would have just kept continuing and grinding away and try to climb up the ladder."
For the Lookouts to climb the ladder in the second half of the season, they'll have to do it without Yasiel Puig, who was called up earlier this month by the Dodgers. And he's hitting .481 in the majors. Said Reed,"Well clearly, we are proud of what he's doing in the big leagues. And I think the boys look forward to the challenge of picking up the slack that was left. He was quite an offensive player."
With no big bat like Puig's, what will the Lookouts have to do to make a run at the second half division title. Said Reed,"Bottom line is be consistent. Get your solid pitching right out of the gate from your starters. Offensively, go up there and take quality at-bat after quality at-bat. Defensively, do what we have been doing, and that's been play solid defense day in and day out."