Riley’s Ramblings: Improvements Auburn Baseball Needs To Make Before Taking The Field Against Missouri

By March 30, 2018Talent Columns

Auburn baseball dropped two out of three to a good Kentucky team last weekend which made their record 21-5. Even though it was an exhibition matchup, Auburn’s win in the Capital City Classic in Montgomery should provide some momentum for the Tigers going into another SEC matchup this weekend against Missouri. Casey Mize pitched well enough to win on Friday as he pitched seven innings with five hits, two earned runs, and twelve strikeouts, but a ninth inning comeback by the Wildcats off of Calvin Coker resulted in a loss. Davis Daniel pitched well in a 4-3 Auburn victory on Saturday, but Tanner Burns lasted just two innings with a tough Kentucky offence in a blowout loss.

 

Despite losing the series, Auburn can still learn from mistakes. Auburn’s bullpen and clutch hitting needs to sharpen up a lot if Auburn wants to be successful in conference play. Over the weekend, the Tigers left a total of 21 runners on base. Auburn finds a lot of situations in which their RBI guys are at the plate with runners on, and can’t cash in.

 

Even with the series loss, Auburn is still respected by both Baseball America (9th) and D1 Baseball (13th) in their polls this week. Auburn is back at home this weekend against an unranked Missouri squad. Missouri is still a solid SEC opponent with a 19-6 record and won last weekend’s series over Mississippi State at home. However, they are not nearly as talented as Texas A&M and Kentucky are, so as long as the Tigers come through with key hits with runners in scoring position, Auburn could look to sweep at home on Easter weekend which would be a huge momentum boost for them before a tough road series against Arkansas in Fayetteville.