In part two, we take a look at the LSU offense as they navigated their way to an SEC regular season championship (no matter how many times I type this, it is still a bit surreal).
The Tiger offense finished in the middle of the pack of the SEC in most offense categories. The highest major category they finished in, believe it or not, was homeruns. They finished second. LSU was fourth in bating average, sixth in slugging, seventh in runs scored, fourth in hits and ninth in doubles.
LSU did finish first in one category, ground outs into double plays with 30.
The offense begins and ends with Raph Rhymes who earlier this week was named SEC offensive player of the year by sebaseball.com. Rhymes topped the conference in bating average, on-base percentage, hits and finished fourth in slugging percentage. Besides Rhymes, Mason Katz finished second in runs scored and seventh in homeruns. Austin Nola finished seventh in walks and 10th in RBIs. Jacoby Jones finished second in doubles and Tyler Hanover recorded the most sacrifice bunts in SEC play with nine.
Below is the final SEC-only statistics for the offense. When looking at the number one final time a new revelation hit me. The offense isn’t as rough as I had written about in past weeks; instead I simple concede it is not a prototypical lineup. Besides Rhymes and Katz, the lineup is extremely interchangeable. Paul Mainieri could use the other main position players any where in the lineup and sometimes this causes confusion with the fans.
Take guys like Jacoby Jones, Austin Nola and Tyler Hanover. None of those had seasons to write a book about, but LSU could use any of those hitters as a lead-off or number nine hitter. More importantly is that there are other guys who can contribute just as much as those three and also in different lineup slots. Ultimately, it gives LSU a deep bench that doesn’t taper off much from the top. Obviously the negative with this is that they don’t have a core group that intimidates most pitchers, but let’s stay positive.
Here are the stats…
Evaluate those numbers as you will and just a reminder RC stands for runs created and ISOP represents iso-power. Runs created represents the amount of runs that particular batter created in his at bats in conference play balancing the amount of times that particular player reached base. Read ISOP like you would a player’s batting average, but it only accounts for doubles or more earned per bat.
One final factoid for you as LSU begins its SEC tournament play on Wednesday afternoon. Raph Rhymes is only 19 hits away from breaking the single-season hit record held by Brandon Larson.
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