Baseball America weekend preview
The SEC features two matchups between ranked foes this weekend, as South Carolina travels to LSU for the first time since 2008 (at the old Alex Box Stadium), and Mississippi State visits Vanderbilt. From a postseason positioning standpoint, both of those series are more important for the visiting teams than the home teams, because the Tigers and Commodores are practically locked in as national seeds. The Gamecocks are trying to firm up their hosting resume, and the next two weeks will be critical (they host Vanderbilt next week). The Gamecocks rebounded from getting swept by Florida with a sweep of Kentucky last weekend, and their weekend rotation finally looks settled, with three polished lefthanders pitching well last weekend (Nolan Belcher, Jordan Montgomery and Jack Wynkoop, although South Carolina currently lists its Sunday starter as TBA). Of course, LSU has a righthanded-leaning lineup, and remember that the Tigers blasted Kentucky’s all-lefty rotation three weeks ago, scoring 29 runs in a dominating three-game sweep. But all three South Carolina southpaws have very good changeups that are effective against righties, so the matchup isn’t as bad for the Gamecocks as it might appear at first glance.
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