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Diamond Thoughts

If the season ended today, the LSU baseball team would miss the SEC and NCAA Tournament's for the second-straight season. How the mighty have fallen. Just a couple years removed from an SEC Championship, the baseball program is scraping the barrel in the conference and the future isn't looking terribly bright at the moment.

LSU has just one player hitting better than .300, Blake Dean, but nobody above the magic mark in SEC play. The days of "Gorilla Ball" are so far gone that no player on the current squad ever played with someone that could be considered a Gorilla Baller. Unless you count Nicholas Pontiff playing the back yard with Wally Jr., as a kid.

The pitching isn't much better. Only Jared Bradford has a sub-4.00 ERA among the four sometimes starters . When loooking at relievers with at least 10 innings pitched, LSU has as many hurlers with ERA's over five as under four.

If the season ended today the Tigers would unceremonially claim 10th place in the conference and have their Memorial Day weekend free to watch other teams battle it out for the SEC crown in Birmingham. Hopefully, Paul Mainieri can get the crew to pick it up a notch for the final six series.

The good news is that, as bad as LSU has been, they're only one game back of Kentucky for the eighth and final spot in the SEC Touranment. The bad news is that three of their first four SEC weekend's were against teams currently in places eight, nine and 12 in the conference standings. And they don't play No. 11 Georgia. Going only 4-7-1 against that kind of competition makes me cringe at the thought of how they'll fare against team's 1-7.