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State Climbing In The Polls, But…

Posted by Kevin on April 10, 2007

Coming off of a series win at then #6 Arkansas (depending on which poll you care to check), Mississippi State has climbed to #20 in the latest Baseball American Top-25 poll.  State is also tied with Ole Miss for 2nd place in the SEC West, one game behind Arkansas.

That’s great news.  The team is playing well and has won three of its four SEC series thus far.  But let’s take a look at some numbers that should concern Bulldog fans.

Team ERA: 6.01 – last in the SEC – only staff over 6

Opponent batting avg: .319 – last in the SEC – only staff over .300

Innings pitched: 262.0 – last in the SEC – more than 20 innings behind 11th place

Sac bunts allowed: 34 – most in the SEC

Sac flies allowed: 12 – 3rd most in the SEC

Hits allowed: 345 – next to the most in the SEC

Runs allowed: 205 – next to the most in the SEC

Earned runs allowed: 175 – most in the SEC – 10 runs more than 11th place

Doubles allowed:  69 – most in the SEC – 10 more than 11th place

Home runs allowed: 28 – next to last in the SEC

Balks: 8 – tied for most in the SEC

Defense wins championships.  That isn’t very good defense from the pitching staff.

The upside is we’ve won three of our four SEC series so far, and two of those were on the road at Florida and Arkansas where it’s never easy to win.  Here’s to hoping that the pitching staff gets its act together and start throwing more productive games down the stretch.

Go Dogs!


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