IronBirds in the playoff hunt? To be totally honest, when the IronBirds started their 2013 season under new manager Matt Merullo with five straight losses, I thought to myself, "here it comes." It made me wonder if they were going to go on some awful run, like in 2011, when they lost 17 of their first 19 games. Turns out, I was wrong to think that, because the Aberdeen club bounced back and has been flirting with the McNamara Division's top spot since early July. Wednesday night the IronBirds lost, and their main competitor, the Brooklyn Cyclones, picked up a win, which knocked Aberdeen into the second spot, but Brooklyn is only up by a half game, and Saturday the IronBirds travel to play the Cyclones in a two-game series. That, folks, will be the most important series of the season. If it goes the IronBirds' way (as is, they win Thursday and Friday, and Brooklyn loses twice), they could come out on Monday with a 3.5-game lead, with just three games left in the regular season. Four straight victories, especially at this time of the season, is asking a lot, I understand, but Aberdeen has shown us that they have the mettle to win tough, important games (like Monday's must-take game with Lowell, which the IronBirds won in 11 innings).