The team changed night over night, with promotions, demotions, injuries, slumps, streaks, and all the other things that come along with a baseball season, but one thing remained the same for the Lookouts this season – they won.
Chattanooga won both halves of the season, with a 91-49 record overall on the season. The next-best team in the Southern League was 15-games worse. Neither half was particularly close, either, as the Lookouts won the first half title by 5 games and the second half title by 10 games.
With shifting lineups throughout the season, the Lookouts hit .255 on the season, but they led the Southern League in scoring by a full 12 runs with 659 runs over 140 games. Chattanooga’s offense also led the league in on base, finishing with 610 walks as a team, nearly 90 more than the second-place team in the Southern League.
The jewel of Chattanooga was their pitching staff. The Lookouts frequently went six deep in quality starters, often using one out of the bullpen, and their bullpen was masterfully made up of late-inning types along with 1 or 2 long men in the bullpen as well. The team finished first in the Southern League in pitching, with a 3.09 ERA. The team also had 46 saves to lead the league, and they allowed just 75 home runs, the lowest number in the league.
With a balance of veterans and prospects in the lineup, the Lookouts used 22 hitters on the season. Thirty-three players threw a pitch for the Lookouts on the season, including two position players in a crazy 21-inning game on July 29th, where Alex Perez pitched two scoreless innings before Max Murphy threw a scoreless 21st inning and recorded the win.
Chattanooga will open their pursuit of a Southern League championship Wednesday night against Montgomery.