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Baseball Weekend Preview: #11 LSU @ #13 Ole Miss

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Round two against the state of Mississippi.

Podkatt

I believe I'm firmly in the same camp as the majority of LSU baseball fans at the moment. We understand that the team is very young and going through a good bit of growing pains this season. Youth and inexperience have created a few unfortunate situations which the team has not reacted well too. Both losses to Tulane and the series loss to Mississippi State are prime examples. But, there has also been a lot of promise and many good things to point out. Basically, we're going to look like this for the rest of the season because we have absolutely no clue which team we are going to get week to week. We just have to roll with the punches and hope the breaks fall our way. Clichéd, I know, but whatever. Sports love their clichés.

Anyways, onto the Ole Miss Rebels. The Rebs come into the series boasting a 31-11 overall record and 10-8 SEC record. Swayze Field is one of the most difficult places to play in the SEC, and I expect the place will be absolutely nuts this weekend. Oh joy.  Let's meet the Rebels.

Ole Miss Rebels

Record: 31-11 overall, 10-8 SEC, 20-5 at home

Rank: 13th, D1baseball.com

RPI/ISR: 7th/7th

Recent Form: Swept Auburn, Lost to Mississippi St in the mid-week, dropped 2 of 3 to Alabama

What do you think James?

Yeah, me too.

Ole Miss Bats

Player

Yr

Pos

BA

SLG

OBP

HR

RBI

BB

K

R

Henri Lartigue

JR

C

0.366

0.473

0.425

2

20

13

22

22

JB Woodman

JR

OF

0.316

0.474

0.409

5

30

24

30

31

Tate Blackman

SO

IF

0.311

0.405

0.392

2

27

22

26

30

Team

0.274

0.333

0.322

27

230

170

273

253

Ole Miss ranks in the bottom half of the SEC overall in most major statistics, but is smack dab in the middle of the pack when you look at conference games only.  I suspect part of the reason for the overall stats has been the grueling schedule Ole Miss has played. They've already played upper echelon SEC teams South Carolina, Mississippi State, and Arkansas. They've also had a non-conference series versus Louisville, and non-con midweek games against Southern Miss and Coastal Carolina.

Ole Miss excels at putting the ball in play and spraying singles and doubles all over the yard.  They haven't relied on much power in conference play, only hitting 6 of their 27 home runs in the SEC. Instead, they've turned to hitting the most doubles in conference (39).  They don't steal at all really, and they don't play much small ball. Basically the good ole "get on base any way you can and try to score". Also known as baseball. Duh.

JB Woodman is their biggest all around threat. He is tied for the team lead in home runs and has the most stolen bases for the Rebs this season (he's 9-15). Keeping him off the base paths is critical.

Ole Miss Arms

Player

Yr

Pos

IP

ERA

K

BB

BAA

SV

Brady Bramlett

JR

RHP

55.1

2.28

71

15

0.214

0

David Parkinson

SO

LHP

37.0

1.70

17

28

0.237

0

James McArthur

FR

RHP

44.1

2.84

10

43

0.246

0

Wyatt Short

27.0

2.33

5

22

0.240

6

Team

368.2

3.05

137

342

0.247

13

The Rebs pitching staff has been really darn good this season. Their starting pitching has been particularly good. Brady Bramlett was a thorn in LSU's side last year, and I imagine he'll be very good against this young LSU lineup.  Parkinson and McArthur have both put up impressive numbers on the season and will both give LSU fits.  And the bullpen is pretty good too. LSU should struggle against them, but again, I have no clue.

Should You Be Worried?

Have you seen LSU play this year? Yes, yes you should be worried. Also, Swayze Field is bonkers.

How's the weather going to be?

The forecast does not look promising. Hopefully we get all three games in this weekend.

Best Logo that never happened

This should have been a thing. It would have been great.

Prediction

Yeah, I ain't got a clue. Here's another confused gif.