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00 Tech Grad
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My homestead, AL
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Is this an Omaha team next year?
Yeah I think it is.


extremelsu
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Member since Aug 2013
2214 posts

re: Is this an Omaha team next year?
On paper, for sure


SteveLSU35
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Shreveport
Member since Mar 2004
12760 posts

re: Is this an Omaha team next year?
Well our “awful” team this year made it to a Super so I’d say next years got a good shot.


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TheTexasTiger7
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re: Is this an Omaha team next year?
Omaha year 1 with Jay 100%. Team is going to be incredible.


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3rdRowTailgater
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BR
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re: Is this an Omaha team next year?
I think we're still missing a couple of A+ arms.


The Hurricane
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Gulf of Mexico
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5730 posts

re: Is this an Omaha team next year?
We need a deeper pitching staff and 1-2 more bats.


Dlab2013
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Member since Jun 2013
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re: Is this an Omaha team next year?
Yes.


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00 Tech Grad
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re: Is this an Omaha team next year?
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We need a deeper pitching staff


Agreed. Still need a big time LHP. There’s opportunity in the portal.

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and 1-2 more bats.


I think Jay Johnson can work with what we’ve got to provide this.
This post was edited on 7/12 at 11:07 pm


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Dlab2013
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re: Is this an Omaha team next year?
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and 1-2 more bats.


We added Berry..... if Dugas stays and improves you got your wish. You won’t be seeing a Beloso in next years lineup. If you can’t hit.... you sit


GeorgeWest
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Baton Rouge
Member since Nov 2013
9815 posts

re: Is this an Omaha team next year?
IMO, we have two major problems to overcome: (1) starting pitching and (2) efficient defense/fielding.


00 Tech Grad
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Member since Nov 2009
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re: Is this an Omaha team next year?
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starting pitching


Got to get one more from the portal.

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efficient defense/fielding.


All we need is a catcher. Priester is the answer.


ImayGoLesMiles
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Baton Rouge, La
Member since Feb 2015
12116 posts

re: Is this an Omaha team next year?
We will have to see but we have the talent to be in Omaha next season for sure.


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Lester Earl
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re: Is this an Omaha team next year?
If a legit Friday night starter emerges


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Mulkey Man
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re: Is this an Omaha team next year?
Agreed. Seems tough to make it without an ace starter. Maybe one of the freshmen steps in.


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NorthshoreTiger76
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Member since May 2009
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re: Is this an Omaha team next year?
Yes it would be a major disappointment if they don’t go


LSUFanMizeWay
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3838 posts

re: Is this an Omaha team next year?
Yes


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TutHillTiger
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re: Is this an Omaha team next year?
Yep


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macaoidh
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Baton Rouge
Member since Dec 2009
1322 posts

re: Is this an Omaha team next year?
You're a solution at catcher, whether that's a summer addition or a developmental win from the current roster, and a Friday night pitcher away from being a top-8 national seed.

If they can teach McManus to be a serviceable backstop who can occasionally throw out runners (or, probably more likely, if Kelly can coach the pitchers to control the running game, which is something Mainieri's staff hasn't done in a decade), then you probably have that covered. Milazzo can give you the late-inning defensive replacement at catcher to take the edge off whatever defensive deficiencies McManus gives you.

Of course, if you can find an A-level catcher on top of what you have, then look out.

Your batting order is otherwise completely loaded. When you're looking at the legitimate possibility of somebody like Pearson or Merrifield or Justin Thompson occupying the 9-hole and having a Crews-Morgan-Doughty-Berry-Dugas top five in the order, or something like that, you're apt to regularly put up double-figure single-game run totals.

That's going to take enormous pressure off your pitchers, and if Kelly lives up to his reputation for turning pitchers into strike-throwers you'll find yourself in good shape.

You should have a pretty deep bullpen with capable arms. Will you have enough firepower among your weekend starters to keep from having to win 9-7 and 11-8 all weekend? That remains to be seen. If Kelly turns a Blake Money or a Ty Floyd into a consistent arm or if a Gervase or Bollman or Grant Fontenot pops as a quality newcomer, you might look a bit like that 2008 team which won in spite of its starting pitching thanks to offense and a bullpen which pieced games together.

LSU has more production coming back, from what it looks like, than practically anybody else in the SEC. If what we've heard from this coaching staff is real and not just a lot of hot air, it's a well-stocked roster ready to make a big leap next spring.

And we know Johnson is capable. He took his first Arizona team to the final series in Omaha.


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Penrod
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Member since Jan 2011
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re: Is this an Omaha team next year?
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You won’t be seeing a Beloso in next years lineup. If you can’t hit.... you sit

Unless you catch.


225Tyga
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re: Is this an Omaha team next year?
Yes


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