Another week, another dominate pitching performance by the LSU. The Tigers had a complete performance out of the pen. Both the starters and bullpen kept the Alabama hitters at bay and continued to improve on their season numbers. Lets have a look…
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The last row just puts the whole conversation together about how dominate the staff is. First, they save the bullpen from having to throw a lot of innings. The starters are going on average into the seventh inning. Add to that a two-to-one strike out to walk ration across the board and wow, these guys are good.
Speaking of good, how about Ryan Eades. The Rodney Dangerfield of the pitching staff. Eades was honored this week being named SEC pitcher of the week, following is performance against Alabama where we only allowed two hits. Eades’ problem is that he is sandwiched between the two most talked about pitchers on the Team. Gausman is a sure-fire top-10 selection in this upcoming draft, and Nola is on pace to earn freshman all-American honors. Eades is left getting little praise, but I will throw him some. He doesn’t throw as hard as Gausman, nor does his stuff break like Nola, but it just works. Eades nearly averages a three-to-one strike out to walk ration, and has the lowest ERA and WHIP.
I said it last week and I guess I will have to keep saying it until I believe it, the bullpen is great. Even after all the one-run wins and the wins over top-10 teams, I still have my reservations. I being overly-negative because just looking at the numbers show that the pen isn’t good, its great.
Pitching roles have been established as long as that pitcher produces. Brent Bonvillain took over being the hot arm from Chris Cotton as held the position over the weekend. The main reason for this was just that the bullpen didn’t have to throw great, LSU lead each game against Alabama before the bullpen entered the game. Having two left-handed middle relievers like Cotton and Bonvillain will be an asset that many teams do not have.
LSU has even shored up the back end of the staff. Let me ask you a question, Remember Matty “Ice” Ott? Me neither. Not saying that Ott had a bad career, he didn’t, he had a great start and then it all fizzled away. The point is that first year guys like Nick Goody and Nick Rumbelow have come in and made us forget how difficult it was for LSU to finish out games.
The pitching staff, with help from their defense, continues to put up incredible numbers I thought I would never see at the Box. Their ability to limit opposing base-runners has allowed the LSU offense to fix any leaks/holes in the lineup and not both the offense and pitching are ranked second in the conference.