A review of SEC baseball at the midway point of the SEC baseball season.
The SEC baseball teams are at the midway mark of the SEC schedule. Let's take a look at which players are having the best seasons so far. I'll list the Most Valuable Player, Most Valuable Pitcher and Newcomer Of The Year, as well as the first half All-SEC performers.
First up, are the Most Valuable Player and Pitcher, as well as the Newcomer Of The Year.
Most Valuable Player: Mason Katz of LSU nosed out MSU's Hunter Renfroe for the Most Valuable Player award for the first half of the SEC schedule. Katz is hitting .422 with 13 home runs and 60 RBI. Renfroe is hitting for a little higher average, .429, and has the same number of home runs, 13, but has 42 RBI compared to 60 for Katz.
Most Valuable Pitcher: Vanderbilt's Tyler Beede earns the midway point's Most Valuable Pitcher award, thanks to a 9-0 record and a 1.07 ERA. In 58.2 innings, he has only allowed 29 hits while striking out 60 and walking 36. Teams are hitting .152 against him. Other contenders were Beede's teammate Kevin Ziomek and Ole Miss' Bobby Wahl.
Newcomer of the Year: This was an easy selection. LSU's outstanding freshman Alex Bregman is batting .432 with 4 home runs and 38 RBI. His .432 batting average is leading the SEC.
Now, we take a look at the midseason All-SEC honorees. The starting and relief pitchers are listed alphabetically.
Starting Pitcher: Vanderbilt's Tyler Beede. Beede has a 9-0 record and a 1.07 ERA Teams are only hitting .152 against him. He has thrown 58.2 innings, giving up just 29 hits while walking 36 and striking out 60.
Starting Pitcher: Ole Miss' Bobby Wahl has a 7-0 record to go along with his 1.40 ERA. Teams are hitting .196 against him. In 57.2 innings, he has allowed 40 hits while walking 30 and striking out 48.
Starting Pitcher: Vanderbilt's Kevin Ziomek has a 7-1 record and a 2.19 ERA. Teams are hitting .165 against him. In 65.2 innings, he has allowed just 37 hits and walked 22 while striking out 71.
Relief Pitcher: Kentucky's Trevor Gott. Gott has an 0.95 ERA and teams are hitting .211 against him. He has a 4-0 record and 9 saves. In 19 innings, he has given up 15 hits while walking 4 and striking out 24.
Relief Pitcher: MSU's Jonathan Holder. Holder has a 1.85 ERA and has won 1 game while saving 11 others. In 24.1 innings, he has allowed just 15 hits while only walking 6 and striking out 42. Teams are only hitting .174 against him.
Relief Pitcher: Vanderbilt's Brian Miller. Miller has an 0.79 ERA and teams are only hitting .197 against him. He has won 5 while recording 10 saves. In 34.1 innings. he has given up 25 hits while walking 4 and striking out 31.
Relief Pitcher: South Carolina's Tyler Webb. Webb has a 0.75 ERA and teams are only hitting .169 against him. He has a 1-1 record to go along with his 11 saves. In 24 innings, he has given up just 14 hits while walking 7 and striking out 36.
First Base: LSU's Mason Katz. Katz, as noted above, is hitting .422 (3rd in the league) with 13 home runs (tied for 1st) and 60 RBI (1st in the league).
Second Base: Vanderbilt's Tony Kemp. Kemp is hitting .401 (5th in th league) with 0 home runs and 24 RBI. He leads the league with 17 stolen bases.
Shortstop: LSU's Alex Bregman. Bregman leads the league with a .432 batting average. He has 4 home runs and 38 RBI.
Third Base: Georgia's Curt Powell. Powell is hitting .373 (7th in the league) with 0 home runs and 18 RBI.
Catcher: Ole Miss' Stuart Turner. Turner is hitting .402 (4th in the league) with 3 home runs and 36 RBI. He has also thrown out 14 of 29 runners attempting to steal a base.
Left Field: LSU's Raph Rhymes. Rhymes is hitting .338 (13th in the league) with 2 home runs and 29 RBI.
Center Field: Vanderbilt's Connor Harrell. Harrell is hitting .314 with 7 home runs and 50 RBI (2nd in the league).
Right Field: MSU's Hunter Renfroe. Renfroe is hitting .429 (2nd in the league) with 13 home runs (tied for 1st) and 42 RBI (3rd)
DH: Texas A&M's Mikey Reynolds. Reynolds is hitting .394 (6th in the league) with 0 home runs and 17 RBI. This selection could have also gone to South Carolina's L.B. DAntzler who has 10 home runs and 36 RBI. His batting average is .318. One is an on-base guy who rarely strikes out and can steal a base while the other one is a power guy who strikes out two times as much.
Next, let's take a look at the SEC records of each team. I'll list the teams by their SEC-only games record with their overall record is in parentheses. If there is a tie I've listed the schools alphabetically.
1st) Vanderbilt - 14-1 (33-4)
2nd) LSU - 13-2 (34-3)
3rd) Arkansas - 9-6 (25-12)
T-4th) Alabama - 8-7 (22-16)
T-4th) Florida - 8-7 (19-18)
T-4th) MSU - 8-7 (30-9)
T-4th) South Carolina - 8-7 (27-10)
T-8th) Kentucky - 7-8 (24-11)
T-8th) Ole Miss - 7-8 (26-10)
10th) Texas A&M - 6-9 (21-16)
T-11th) Auburn - 5-10 (22-14)
T-11th) Tennessee - 5-10 (16-18)
13th) Missouri - 4-11 (12-20)
14th) Georgia - 3-12 (13-24)
It's obvious that a couple of the teams - Vanderbilt and LSU - are running away from the rest, at least through the first half. While both teams are very, very good, how tough have they really had it through the first half of the SEC schedule? I'll take a look at the combined SEC records for the teams each team has played from the toughest to the easiest.
1st Half Schedules (teams they have played are in parentheses):
1st) Ole Miss - 45-30 .... (Arkansas, Texas A&M, Florida, Vanderbilt, Alabama) .... Ole Miss has played one of the SEC teams with a losing SEC record.
T-2nd) Arkansas - 44-31 .... (Ole Miss, South Carolina, MSU, Alabama, LSU) .... Arkansas has played one of the SEC teams with a losing SEC record.
T-2nd) Auburn - 44-31 .... (Vanderbilt, LSU, Alabama, Texas A&M, Georgia) .... Auburn has played two of the SEC teams with a losing SEC record.
T-2nd) Florida - 44-31 .... (Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, MSU, South Carolina) .... Florida has played two of the SEC teams with a losing SEC record.
T-5th) MSU - 43-32 .... (LSU, Kentucky, Arkansas, Florida, Texas A&M) .... MSU has played two of the SEC teams with a losing SEC record.
T-5th) Missouri - 43-32 .... (South Carolina, Tennessee, LSU, Georgia, Vanderbilt) .... Missouri has played two of the SEC teams with a losing SEC record.
7th) Tennessee - 41-34 .... (Alabama, Missouri, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Kentucky) .... Tennessee has played two of the SEC teams with a losing SEC record.
8th) Kentucky - 37-38 .... (Florida, MSU, Georgia, LSU, Tennessee) .... Kentucky has played two of the SEC teams with a losing SEC record.
9th) LSU - 33-42 .... (MSU, Auburn, Missouri, Kentucky, Arkansas) .... LSU has played three of the SEC teams with a losing SEC record.
10th) South Carolina - 32-43 .... (Missouri, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Florida) .... South Carolina has played three of the SEC teams with a losing SEC record.
11th) Texas A&M - 31-44 .... (Georgia, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Auburn, MSU) .... Texas A&M has played three of the SEC teams with a losing SEC record.
12th) Georgia - 30-45 .... (Texas A&M, Alabama, Kentucky, Missouri, Auburn) .... Georgia has played four of the SEC teams with a losing SEC record.
T-13) Alabama - 29-46 .... (Ole Miss, Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia, Tennessee) .... Alabama has played four of the SEC teams with a losing SEC record.
T-13) Vanderbilt - 29-46 .... (Auburn, Florida, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Missouri) .... Vanderbilt has played four of the SEC teams with a losing SEC record.
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