Raph Rhymes was batting .500 for the season entering last week’s series against the Vanderbilt Commodores in which the Tigers lost two of the three games and followed that with a win against Nicholls on Tuesday. But where the team’s struggles reflected on the struggles of the nations best hitter this season?
Over the weekend rhymes batted two for twelve with zero RBI’s and one run scored. This is a huge underachievement for a player batting .500 on the season as well as leading his team in hits, RBI’s, and slugging percentage. He followed that going one for three with one RBI and one walk against Nicholls State.
As it stands Raph is batting 88 for 185 for a.476 average on the season. With one weekend left in the regular season against South Carolina, Rhymes would need a miracle to reach .500 for the year. What would he need you ask?
He would need to go 12 for 12 over the next three games to finish the regular season 100 for 197 with an average of .507. This is if he averages four at bats per game, but we all know that he could see more or he could see less. This should make for some interesting television this week for Tiger fans as all three games are going to be aired on TV and all three games needed to determine if LSU will host a regional this year.
Raph’s brilliant season may or may not end with him batting over .500 but nevertheless this was a tremendous season for the LSU outfielder. Raph leads the team with 29 multi-hit games with Mason Katz trailing him at 20, he also leads the team with 11 multi RBI games, he reached base in 30 consecutive games and had a hit in 16 straight games.
The weekend series starts Thursday at 6 p.m. CT on Fox Sports South/ Fox Sports Houston/Fox Sports Southwest. Followed by the Friday night game at 6 p.m. CT and will be on CST. Finally the game Saturday will be at noon and televised on ESPNU