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Baseball Weekend Preview: LSU @ Auburn

Picking up the pieces against the false Tigers in Auburn.

Well, after a shit show of a weekend and a horrid outing against Tulane, the LSU Tigers are back to take on Auburn in a three game series on the Plains. I wish I could say I'm excited about this weekend series, but I'm just not. I'll watch, but I won't be happy about it until I see something to give me some hope. Auburn is the right team to be going up against at this point, so hopefully a good showing against the false Tigers brings me back into good spirits.

Anyway, let's meet Auburn.

AUBURN TIGERS

Record: 12-13, 1-5 SEC

Rank: N/A

Recent Record: Swept by Arkansas, destroyed Alabama 10-1 in the midweek

RPI: 124

ISR: 119

Yeesh. So even if we beat Auburn, we aren't going to get any boost at all. Their recent midweek stomping of Alabama looks impressive though, so who knows which Auburn team we'll get this weekend.

Warblogel Bats

Player

Yr

Pos

BA

Slg%

OB%

R

HR

RBI

Anfernee Grier

JR

OF

0.434

0.708

0.535

35

7

23

Joshua Palacios

JR

OF

0.411

0.645

0.496

28

3

20

Niko Buentello

JR

IF

0.38

0.64

0.488

21

6

34

Team

0.333

0.471

0.416

194

21

174

One thing Aubbie does well is hit the dang ball. Grier gave LSU fits last year and he looks like he's going to do the same this year. Palacios and Buentello are both JUCO transfers who are paying immediate dividends. Honestly, those team batting stats are shocking. Auburn hit a measly 0.273 last season with a 0.371 slugging percentage. To raise their averages that much in one season is damn impressive. Firing Sonny Golloway was a great decision.

Eagle Plainsmen Arms

Player

Yr

Pos

IP

ERA

K

BB

BAA

Justin Camp

SR

RHP

36.1

4.71

28

9

0.261

Cole Lipscomb

JR

RHP

27.1

5.27

27

11

0.215

Taco Bell Anderson

Jr

RHP

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

Gordon Cardenas

JR

RHP

15.1

0.59

11

8

0.154

Team

225.2

4.15

188

97

0.251

Given how good their bats are, the pitching is stunningly bad. Camp and Lipscomb are well established as the Friday/Saturday starters, but Auburn hasn't been able to lock down that third starting pitcher.

This is the little bit of hope I was looking for. Auburn can hit and score, but they can't stop anyone else from scoring. LSU pitches okay, but can't score to save their lives. Something's gotta give this weekend.

Should you be worried?

Definitely. LSU goes on the road for a second straight week. Auburn may be struggling to get wins, but they have a solid lineup and can put up runs. LSU will need to play spectacular defense and get long outings out of Lange, Poche, and Valek to have a chance in each game. The less I see of the LSU bullpen, the better.

How's the weather going to be?

In Auburn:

DOUBLE HEADER ON SATURDAY ALERT

In South Louisiana:

LOOKS GOOD! (ignore Friday)

Best Logo on Google Image Search

I dunno what this is, but that cat is giving me the side eye and I want to punch its smug face right into the freaking sun.

Prediction

Fock Fear, Drink Beer, have a good time. LSU figures out a way to win at least one. The other two end in heartbreak in either direction. Did I mention beer is good?