LSU Baseball Series Preview: Missouri

No. 1 LSU hosts one of the more surprising teams in the SEC this weekend. Missouri comes to town in an important series for both sets of Tigers.

Missouri (28-21, 14-10 SEC) at No. 1 LSU (40-8, 16-7)


Baton Rouge, La. | Alex Box Stadium

SERIES SCHEDULE (TV)

Game 1: Friday, May 8, 7 p.m. (SEC Network+)

Game 2: Saturday, May 9, 7:30 p.m. (SEC Network)

Game 3: Sunday, May 10, 2 p.m. (SEC Network)

PITCHING PROBABLES

RHP Reggie McClain (6-5, 3.69 ERA) vs. LHP Jared Poché (7-1, 2.65)

RHP Tanner Houck (7-3, 3.28) vs. RHP Alex Lange (8-0, 2.22)

RHP Peter Fairbanks (4-4, 2.64) vs. TBD

Missouri has been a big surprise in their third season in the SEC. The Tigers have spent most of this year ranked in the Top 25 nationally and are currently third in the SEC East, three games behind Vanderbilt and a game behind Florida for second.

These two teams last met in 2013, when LSU travelled up to Columbia, Mo. LSU swept the series, shutting out Missouri in the first two games before taking the finale 6-5.

This year’s Missouri squad is much improved from the one that went just 10-20 in their inaugural season in the SEC. The 2015 Tigers have won six of their eight conference series, falling to two of the best teams in the country — Vanderbilt and Texas A&M. Missouri has a series win against Florida on its resume, and took two out of three last weekend against Ole Miss.

Missouri doesn’t jump off the page statistically, particularly on offense where they rank No. 13 in the SEC with a .262 team batting average. Missouri has only two players in the everyday lineup hitting better than .300, led by Brett Bond with a .310 clip.

But Missouri can still produce. They dropped 18 runs in a game last weekend against Ole Miss and had a 10-run outburst against Florida earlier in the year.

The Tigers are aggressive on the bases. They’ve attempted the third most steals in the league with 86, and their 61 successful steals ties for third.

Missouri doesn’t have a particularly deep pitching staff, relying most heavily on about seven arms.

The Tigers have stuck with the same weekend rotation all season, and all three projected starters have sub-4.00 ERAs. As a staff, they’ve issued the third fewest walks in the conference with the fifth most strikeouts.

Out of the bullpen, Missouri has counted most on Lake Dabney (1.17 ERA) and closer Breckin Williams (1.63 ERA, 11 saves).


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