Chattanooga Lookouts down to their final week of the season, or are they?

Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / Fans enjoy the game between the Chattanooga Lookouts and the Rocket City Trash Pandas at AT&T Field on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 in Chattanooga, Tenn. After having their 2020 season cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, and having their opening day game postponed due to weather the previous day, the Chattanooga Lookouts hosted the River City Trash Pandas for their first home game in over 600 days.

The Chattanooga Lookouts will begin their final homestand of the season Tuesday night when they welcome the Mississippi Braves to AT&T Field.

It may not, however, serve as the end.

"It's the last homestand, but whether we get free baseball is the question," Lookouts president Rich Mozingo said Monday. "We didn't even discuss playoffs until a month-and-a-half ago. That's when they put this thing together."

When the Lookouts indeed began their 120-game schedule in early May as residents of the North Division of the Double-A South, there were no plans for playoffs. Yet Major League Baseball, which now operates the minor leagues, then decided to have the teams with the two best records vie in a best three-of-five championship series.

Mississippi of the South Division is assured one of the spots, having assembled a 65-42 record entering Chattanooga, with the next best overall record going to North leader Birmingham at 62-52.